Keep the Faith

posted Aug 27, 2021, 6:23 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Pentecost joy be with you!

Beloved, with all the bad news swirling about in our country and our world, it can sometimes be hard to believe the best about humanity. Even though our faith is grounded in Christ and Christ alone, still, we live in challenging times and it may be difficult to keep the faith. But sometimes, amid the chaos, comes a glimmer of hope. I saw such hope in a video that one of our members posted on Facebook. Even as we continue to pray for the people of Haiti, for the soldiers on the ground and people of Afghanistan, for the people out west enduring wildfires, and for an end to the COVID-19 crisis, I share this video with you “in hope” that it will encourage you as it did me.

A Postcard from 1969:

Let us gather in hope and in faith at 10:30 AM this Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. You are in for such a musical blessing as our featured musicians are Juliet Gallagher and Michelle Reno, and they will be singing “Jesus, We Are Here” for our Prelude; “This is My Commandment” for our Anthem; and “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying” for our Offertory. We will finish up our August Sermon Series from the Letter of James called “Bible Doing.” I will be preaching from James 3.13-4.3, 7-8a and my sermon title is Heavenly Wisdom, Earthly Peace. Unfortunately, we've run into a snafu with YouTube. In order to stream live, we are now required to have 1,000 subscribers to our channel, which we don’t. That said, we will not be live-streaming worship via YouTube on Sunday.

Please note that since the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is rising in our state, and Monmouth County is a high transmission zone for the variant, we strongly urge/request that everyone wear a mask for worship and indoor church events. Thank you for your cooperation in loving yourself, your neighbor, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.

Keep the faith, beloved one of God. Keep the faith.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish