God as Our Refuge

posted Apr 3, 2020, 11:04 AM by Tricia Sheffield   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 11:05 AM ]

Grace and peace to you in our continuing season of Lent.

This is the last week of our Prayer Station. Even though we can’t gather together in the sanctuary, I am bringing the Prayer Station meditation to you for your reflection. It is based on Psalm 61 and I invite you to read it over the weekend and do the activity, listening for how God is your source of stability.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy. — Psalm 61.2-4

“A refuge, like a tower, is a place where you don’t just hide — it’s a place that lets you see what’s coming. But being up high can also be dangerous. What if you slip on the rock? What if the tower is not strong?

Build a tower with some flat rocks. Build it strong.

Then, carefully, take it apart. No matter how strong you built it, it would have been easy for your tower to tumble.

We cannot build our own refuges and safe places. They will always tumble. God is our only source of stability.”

And the writer asks us to reflect and pray on the following question, When has God’s stability helped you up?

Come to worship God who holds us up through all things this Palm Sunday at 10:30 AM. I will open the Zoom worship meeting at 10:15 for us to gather and chat, and then begin worship at 10:30. We will share a hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” and our anthem “Hosanna in the Streets” via YouTube. I will be preaching from Matthew 21.1-11 and my sermon title is Hosanna. Also, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper together. Yes, we will share the sacrament online. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18.20), and I know Christ is present and will be present with us wherever and however we gather. I would request that you have some bread and juice/wine ready for when we partake it together. 

Since we are unable to give out palms this year, I invite you to put a branch on the door of your house or on the window, to celebrate Palm Sunday. It could be any green branch you can get. We may be physically isolated, but not separated. We are united as the body of Christ. We are the Church! And please share your palm photo on FaceBook as a way of encouraging one another.

MRC beloved, I’m praying for you each and every day that you find refuge under the shelter of God’s wings, and that you will feel strengthened by the presence of God’s love during this pandemic. Let us cling to the rock of our salvation, to God’s ever-present and comforting stability . . . always.

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

Pastor Trish

A last note: We know that not only is this an emotionally and physically stressful moment for us all, but it is also one where some of us will experience financial hardship. That said, we are thankful for those who have sent in their tithes and offerings, and would be grateful for your continued giving — as you are able — in these difficult times. Please send your offering to 121 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748 or you may drop off your offering in the white mailbox on the front door of the Education Building. Thank you!