Greetings in Christ’s name!
Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name. Make known his deeds among the people! (1 Chronicles 16.8, Psalm 105.1) That refrain was apparently a popular song or chant among the Israelite people because it’s found in at least two places in our scripture. The song is a call to thanksgiving and an imperative to announce the good works of God. And we have much to be thankful for. Another school year has come to a close. Our country is opening up in ways that allow for travel and vacations this summer. Many of us were able to enjoy visits from family and friends this past holiday weekend without needing to worry about spreading the Coronavirus. Give thanks to the Lord!
The second part of the refrain reminds us to make God’s deeds known among others. That seems a little riskier than just giving thanks, but giving thanks is in itself, a way to make God’s deeds known. This week as you give thanks to God, think of how you might do so in ways that others will hear of God’s good deeds in your life and in the world.
Speaking of making God’s deeds known…this Sunday three members of our congregation will be reflecting on the past year and sharing in worship about things they’ve learned through the pandemic. I expect it to be a fantastic way for us to learn of God’s deeds in others’ lives and reflect on such lessons ourselves.
Also this Sunday, you can join us immediately after worship in the Coffee Café to hear about Brian and Kylie Coughlin’s plans to return to Asia. Their long-awaited return is approaching and they would love to hear your questions about it.
We were saddened to learn of Mary Baker’s death last week. Mary was Cindy Brown’s and Karen Jantz’s mother. Visitation is tonight at Jeter’s from 6:30-7:30 and the funeral is Wednesday at 10:00am in our worship room. Interment will follow in our cemetery.
Our altar flower sign up is now online. If you would like to donate the altar flowers one Sunday in honor of a loved one or special event in your family, you can sign up at Tinyurl.com/flowersFFC , or simply call the church office. Your announcement will appear in the slides that are shown before the service and on our livestream.
May the grace, love and peace of God be with you this week in ways that equip you for service to our world.