Siloam – by Lisle Gwynn
Garrity © A Sanctified Art
The wilderness is a place of
isolation; it is also a place of connection
Lent IV - Sunday, March 22
Pastor Steve Clark
For Sunday, READ John
9:1-41 and REFLECT: The disciples'
question in verse 2 reflects their belief that a person's
suffering, including illness, results from a sinful life. Jesus'
response to the disciples indicates that they are asking the wrong
question - which seems to be the Pharisees' error also. Some
translations suggest Jesus is say the man's situation is part of
God's plan. What do you think about either of these views?
What would you want to say to the disciples, or ask them? What
about Jesus; what would you want to say to him, or ask him?
About the Art (from the artist): "When
I place myself in the man’s shoes, I imagine myself receiving
Jesus’ command to go—to go beyond what is familiar into territory
unknown; to be an active participant in my own continual healing
and transformation; to surrender myself to a death of sorts, one
that forces me to submerge into God’s murky and living waters so I
can once again be reborn and awaken to the world with new
eyes. In this image, the pool of Siloam surrounds and lures
the man, like baptismal waters claiming his place in the family of
things." - Lisle Gwynn Garrity
...for another Connects with info about participating
in "virtual" worship this Sunday.
Mug & Muffin
March 25, 10:00am
Today's Mug &
Muffin via Zoom went well; we're going to do again next week at
10:00am instead of 1030. Details to follow on how to join
As part of the community-wide
effort to limit spread of the Covid-19 virus, Concord Presbyterian
is closed through the end of the month for worship and all group
gatherings. We apologize for the inconvenience and pray that you
stay safe in this challenging time.
THE OFFICE WILL
BE CLOSED during this time. Staff, including Margaret, will not
have stated office hours and will work "off campus" most
of the time. As usual, staff can still be reached via email and
phone. (We'll be checking our voicemail messages on a daily basis.)
If you require access to the building and do not have a key and
alarm code, please leave a message on the Church Office voicemail.
Margaret will contact you to make necessary arrangements.
DEACONS WILL BE PHONING each Concord Family member or
household on a weekly basis, as a way of staying connected during
this time of physical separation. The church directory is being
divided into an equal numbers of households, with an officer taking
responsibility for making calls each week to check in. It's one way
to care for each other in these strange days, and to discover
any needs requiring pastoral or other immediate attention.
WE ARE EXPLORING use of
electronic means to continue opportunities for fellowship and
study. For example, Mug & Muffin and Pastor Steve's Lent series
on C. S. Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. (Watch
for coming announcements of "gatherings" and how to
participate. And we will continue to send out a
"video worship" message each Sunday morning, so watch
Carol & Phil Lind - both at home
& coping well, although Carol is still having a lot of
Sally Coulson's grandson Tim & wife Carla
are proud parents of a baby daughter Charlotte. Additional prayers
for Carla, who was in labor for 48 hours.
Prayers of rejoicing also for Steve's daughter Ashley
& husband Kris expecting their second child.
His niece Leslie is also expecting.
Special prayers for Dottie & Al Lund
today, as it was a year ago today that Wesley died.
The Jewetts are in AZ
enjoying their grandchildren & will be traveling home in the
next week. Prayers for their safe travel.
Kay requests prayers for the family of Charlie
Alexander, a husband, father, & grandfather in
his 60s who fell down some stairs Friday evening, had severe
intracranial bleeding, & died on Monday.
A Concord member struggling with numerous issues at work & home
- prayers for comfort & successful resolution.
Prayers of healing for Cynthia Miller, who
has a cold, & her sister Nancy, in
Healthcare at Cokesbury, dealing with continuing issues.
Prayers of safety
& support for medical professionals, first
responders & caregivers working to care for
those effected by the rapidly spreading new coronavirus &
facing a shortage of protective equipment.
Nancy Tucker - prayers for safe travel.
Prayers of healing for Margaret O'Boyle's father
- hospitalized for 6 days w/ pneumonia & flu. Prayers
also for her mother, isolated in her apartment in
Carol Haas' sister who has asthma, as
well as all others with higher risk of catching & suffering
complications from Covid-19.
Rob Bates, whose pulmonary testing has
been postponed, as well as Peggy Carter & Duane Jessup,
whose surgeries are also delayed due to virus' strain on
Two of Joyce Johnson's granddaughters in
NYC, who are facing reduced hours & financial
difficulties due to virus shutdowns. Another granddaughter in DC
works as an OT in a hospital.
Kathie Pownall is having PT for her very
Buzz Buswell - in Cadia with
continuing health issues.
Prayers for relief of anxiety & isolation for
those self-isolating, under quarantine, or undergoing treatment for
A Diaspora Prayer Group prays on
Mondays at 9:00am for those on the church prayer list
(of which this is just a part). If you would like to add
names/needs to this list and
this ministry of prayer, click here: firstname.lastname@example.org.