In the midst of Covid-19
Grace to you and peace from the God of Love, and Jesus our mentor and guide.
In this midst of the fear we are experiencing I offer to you words of faith.
This is unlike anything we have gone through before.
Yes we have survived other viruses in the last century, but as we become more knowledgeable about disease transmission and have watched this virus spread across the country, we all realize this is something new.
Many of you have already put yourself in isolation, others are still trying to understand what that means. We are all trying to find our way in unchartered water.
Westbank United Church Management Team and Worship Team are wrestling with how to respond and we will email again tomorrow with the plan for our congregational life.
Today I want to speak to the spiritual heart of the crisis. I want to remind you that God is still present. God abides in you, and you abide in God. Take a deep breath and remember that God is here. With so many events cancelled and our regular routines disrupted, we have an opportunity for contemplation, meditation, and prayer. Turn off the TV for a while every day and remember to whom you belong. Think about the blessings in your life, how God has led you through the challenges in your life, and the wonder and beauty of life itself.
One of the Scripture Readings for this week is: Psalm 23. This is so well known and loved, and there is a reason for that. It speaks to our heart, to our struggle, and our hope.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The God who has led us thus far, continues to lead us. As we walk through the dark valley of this virus, we can still know the blessing and comfort of God.
Remember that the virus does not spread via telephone. Take this opportunity to call and talk with friends, perhaps even those you have not talked to in a long time. Keep connected with email, or letters, or social media.
Remember that the Church is still here. Call Kathy, I am happy to talk to you. Call the Church 250-768-4426.
We are still the Church together, and together we will walk through the valley of shadows to the light of a new day.
Rev. Kathy Hogman
We are a community that values diversity. That diversity may take many forms from our understanding of God, and Scripture, to our cultural, or personal circumstances. Everyone is welcome here, everyone – yes, even you.
Come and see – we have a place for you.