May 20, 2020
Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
As you know, we will continue to be cautious regarding the coronavirus. We are in no rush, especially if skipping steps and roaring back means putting people we love in harm's way. It will take extended time before we can meet at Wesley Park. Please read the Principles and Directions for Reopening UMC Facilities in Michigan at www.wesleypark.org. Of course, we look forward to the time we will be able to see one another again. We dream of the day we can be in worship in the sanctuary in some safe way, together. There are protocols to follow and directives that will guide our decisions about when and how we can worship at Wesley Park. Everything about our congregational connections will be examined. These considerations include cleaning, mouth coverings, clear and concise procedures for all to follow, social distancing, avoiding contact, etc.
We have begun the process of putting together a policy-making task force to provide direction. We are calling this group the Joshua Task Force. Joshua was the one who carried on the journey from Moses. Joshua's faithfulness, wisdom, patience, and leadership helped God's people proceed to the promised land. Please pray for these people of Wesley Park who are considering the privilege of preparing us for the phases to come. They will need our prayers, participation, and support for the journey to the place we all hope to be someday - worshiping God together at Wesley Park.
Moses understood how difficult the forty-year journey through the wilderness was. Moses wanted the following generations to remember God's hand guiding God's people. Moses called on the people to recall God's remarkable work every seven years. We, too, should remember regularly all that we have gone through during this coronavirus crisis. We should pledge to provide a witness for those who perhaps cannot recall the sacrifices made on behalf of one another. This is a story of love and care of our neighbor and trust in the providence of God's grace.
Stay safe. Stay prayerful. Stay loving.
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REv. Dean N. Prentiss
I am blessed to be the Pastor at Wesley Park UMC. Find Daily Lectionary Readings Here.