Devotional for week of April 19

Welcome to the first episode of a new online weekly devotional series for your spiritual enrichment and enjoyment. Drawn from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, each week Pastor Bob focuses on inspirational historical individuals of the Christian faith.

Take ten minutes out of your week and learn about some people of faith.

For Easter

The celebration of the Resurrection on April 12 will be on YouTube, as we have been doing during the COVID-19 emergency. This will be a communion service, so you will want to have bread and wine or grape juice ready as you participate in the service. I expect that our next communion service will be whenever we are together again in the Church on the Hill, but we will continue to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection throughout the Season of Easter. – Pastor Bob

For Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

We will have services online for both days; they will be on our YouTube channel with links from our website and Facebook.

Thursday, April 9 (Maundy Thursday): We suggest that you view the service from wherever your family has dinner. Have bread and wine or grape juice ready and turn to the service after dinner; there will be a short message, communion, and music.

Friday, April 10 (Good Friday): This service is appropriate for any time that day. In addition, I will ring the church bell 33 times at 3:00 pm (the hour Jesus died) and I suggest you pause wherever you are and observe a moment of silence at that hour.

Pastor Bob

 

Holy Week Daily Devotions

During this time of unease due to the Covid-19 health issue, Pastor Bob Keefer is offering a daily devotion during Holy Week. We hope it helps you prepare to celebrate Easter as we are separated from each other.

Each day’s video will be added to this page, so check back daily.

This video is for Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The devotion is based on a reading from Mark 14:1-11 which shares events happening to Jesus on the Wednesday of the week leading up to his crucifixion.
This video is for Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The devotion is based on a reading from Mark 11:20-25 which shares events happening to Jesus on the Tuesday of the week leading up to his crucifixion.
This video is for Monday, April 6, 2020. The devotion is based on a reading from Mark 11:12-14 which shares events happening to Jesus on the Monday of the week leading up to his crucifixion. Click the following link.

 

Holy Week Summary

Holy Week (April 5 – 12)

Since everything is different this year, here’s a rundown of our plans for Holy Week.

April 5: Palm Sunday
Video service on YouTube Sunday morning.

April 9: Maundy Thursday
Pastor Bob will prepare a short message and a communion prayer. Please have bread and wine/grape juice ready at your dinner table. After you have had dinner, go to the Maundy Thursday video service and share the communion at home at Pastor Bob’s direction.

April 10: Good Friday
A service that focuses on the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus and includes special music will be on YouTube in the evening.

April 12: Easter
On Saturday evening (April 11) please watch a brief Communion video as part of your preparation for Easter. Or watch it early Easter morning. Then drive to the Church between 9 and noon for drive-through Communion.
            Also, Easter music and message will be available on YouTube Sunday morning.

All our video services are saved to YouTube; if you miss one, you can access it later. You can link to them from our website or from Facebook or search on YouTube by the name of the Church.

 

Siena Francis House Needs

Here is another opportunity for members and friends to continue your involvement in mission.

Murphy Speaks About Staying Home

Murphy the Dog has created his first YouTube video. In this episode, Murphy talks to children about how weird it is staying at home and not seeing friends due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. He assures them that everything will be okay.

Murphy the Dog is a member of the ACE Puppet Troupe at Presbyterian Church of the Master where he lives with Pastor Bob at the church. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects at church services, especially speaking to the children.

 

Important Information for the Church and Associated Groups

Important Information for the Church and Associated Groups
Please read all the way through; these are things you will want to know.

WORSHIP

  • Virtual worship will continue at least through the end of April. We expect to add elements that were not present in the first one (March 15). Also, we plan to have them ready and posted by Sunday morning, and will have a downloadable bulletin to go with the video.
  • A great way to use the video is to watch together. Get your family together in one room and watch together; say the responses together; if you feel daring, sing along on the chant and hymn.
  • We are planning on providing a format for communion-at-home for Maundy Thursday (April 9).
  • Likewise, we are working on a means for you to take communion (safely) at the Church on Easter (April 12).
  • Reminder: if you have a prayer request or a thanksgiving you want included in the Sunday prayers, email it to me (email address below) by Friday at 4:00 pm. Be sure to note if you want it included in the weekly prayer line; if you do not say so, I will assume you do not want it to be.

SPIRITUAL GATHERINGS

  • Beginning Wednesday, March 25, I will offer “Word and Prayer” gatherings for small groups in the Chapel. These will continue as long as we are unable to meet together for worship. There will be three every week: Wednesday at 4:00 pm; Thursday at 7:00 pm; Friday at noon.
  • These will be limited to EIGHT persons. To attend, you must sign up and wait for word that you have been enrolled. We are going to control enrollment to ensure that everyone who wants to participate is able to do so.
  • To enroll, email Dee Moriarty at moriartyd45@cox.net and tell her when you want to attend.
  • Child Care can be provided if you tell Dee that you need it.
  • Also, a gathering can be oriented to children and/or families if that is requested.
  • Contact Dee Moriarty or me for more information.

PERSONAL SPIRITUAL NEEDS

  • The office remains open; I of course remain available for talk or prayer as you request. Call the office or my cell phone (both numbers are in your church directory) or email me for an appointment.
  • I continue to make hospital visits whenever permitted.
  • In addition, I will have “drop-in” hours on Sunday mornings from 8:00 to 11:30. Of course, we cannot have more than ten persons in the Commons at a time, but I will be available if anyone should wish to drop in.

EDUCATION

  • Anne Weatherwax, our Director of Christian Education, is working on “Sunday School @Home” resources. Watch for information about accessing them.
  • The Common Ground series “The Welcoming Congregation” will be offered this Fall.

MEETINGS

  • All groups that are part of the Church’s ministry and all groups that meet on our Church property will meet subject to the Governor’s guidelines. That is, they may continue to meet if there are no more than ten persons in attendance and they are meeting in a room where appropriate social distancing can be observed. If the meeting involves more than ten (such as AA) they may meet if they separate into multiple rooms.
  • Committees of more than ten persons and that are unable to practice social distancing will meet electronically. Note: the Session’s Response Team is working on providing helps with an appropriate platform.

As always, contact me with questions about policy and our response to the guidelines offered by Douglas County Health Department. Also, contact me if you want to talk! Pray for yourselves, your loved ones, your Church, for those most vulnerable to this disease, and for health care providers who are being called upon to give so much of themselves.

Pastor Bob
robert.keefer@pcmwindow.org

 

More news about worship March 15

Good news… your Tech Committee met and will set up equipment to record music and message tomorrow (March 15); watch for it to be uploaded on Facebook and our website, hopefully by 10:30. If you have prayer requests or thanksgivings, email them to me at robert.keefer@pcmwindow.org by 8:00 am. By next Sunday we hope to be able to livestream worship; watch for news.