Seeking God's Goodness

posted Oct 2, 2020, 3:21 PM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

The grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

I woke up on Wednesday morning and realized I deeply needed our weekly Zoom prayer time. As we gathered together at 9 AM, I read Psalm 26 and 27, and then we prayed — for one another and whomever else God had put on our hearts that morning. Afterwards, I found my spirit drawn to Psalm 27.13: I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. So, that day I vowed to look really hard to find this goodness in our world. And guess what, beloved? I did find God’s goodness and here’s where:

In a mighty oak in Tatum Park, the top of it seeming to brush the sky

In big, beautiful green tomatoes given to me by a member from her bountiful garden

In a gratitude card I received through the mail, that was right on time

In the sound of Jamie’s laughter when we conversed together

In the steady stream of people dropping off food for our food drive and coats, blankets, and sleeping bags for the homeless

In the gathering of folks in recovery in the back of Coventry House

In a woman who is putting her own grief on hold over her friend’s death in order to help a family clean out this friend’s belongings

There is indeed goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Where did you see God’s goodness this week? Where would you like to see it? Oh, it’s there; it’s always there. We just need to seek it and then pay attention.

Come seeking God’s goodness this Sunday when we will once again gather in person in the Meditation Garden at 10:30 AM for worship to welcome into the family of God through baptism Cybil Sadie Poyner, daughter of Brooke and John Poyner. In addition to the baptism, we have special music planned for our worship. For our Prelude, “Gather Us In" Judith Daugherty, keyboard; our Anthem is “Take Me to the Water” Nancy Coffin, soloist; and our Sermon-Prayer-Reflection is “One Bread, One Body” Nancy Coffin, soloist. In honor of his granddaughter, Mark Poyner will be preaching from Acts 8.26-40 and his sermon title is The Story Behind the Story. In addition, this is World Communion Sunday so we will be celebrating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper with the followers of Christ around the globe. I’ve ordered prefilled Communion cups of grape juice and bread for us to have. Please make sure to bring a lawn chair with you on Sunday. We will observe social distancing. If you are unable to be 6 feet away from other people, please wear your mask. If you are unable to attend in person, know that our worship will also be broadcast via Zoom. Please email me at for the link.

See you in the garden or on Zoom, beloved one!

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

Pastor Trish