Unbind Me – by Lauren Wright
Pittman © A Sanctified Art
The wilderness is a place of new
life - resilient life.
Lent V - Sunday, March 29
Pastor Steve Clark
For Sunday, READ
Ezekiel 37:1-4 and John 11:1-45 and REFLECT: There are several
scenes in the John story: Jesus with his disciples (vs.
1-16), Jesus with Martha (vs. 17-27), Jesus with Mary (vs. 28-32),
and Jesus at the tomb (vs. 33-45). Pick one of the scenes and
imagine yourself as one of the characters in that particular
encounter with Jesus. What do you understand about what
Jesus says and does, and what confuses or upsets you? What
question(s) do you have for Jesus? What message(s) do you think are
in this story for our congregation and for our world?
About the Art (from the artist): "Jesus’
humanity is apparent in this narrative. Here is a greatly disturbed
man convincing himself of God’s providence as he bears guilt and grieves
the loss of his close friend. I imaged Jesus in sorrowful hues,
tearfully imploring his friend to come out, while the crowd bears
down on his shoulders. No matter our vocation, we can find
comfort that even Jesus felt overwhelmed by the gravity of his
call. When we stumble under this great weight, God strains and
weeps with us, but also longs for us to be set free from the
pressure. God accompanies us with open hands, ready to unbind us as
we learn to lean in confidence on God’s provision. We’ve got to be
unbound in order to release others from that which keeps us in
spiritual death—that which obscures and steals abundant life."
- Lauren Wright Pittman
...for another Connects with info about participating
in "virtual" worship this Sunday.
As part of the community-wide
effort to limit spread of the Covid-19 virus, Concord Presbyterian
is closed for worship and all group gatherings until further
notice. We apologize for the inconvenience and pray that you stay
safe in this challenging time.
THE OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED during this
time. FYI, the Delaware "stay at home" order from Gov.
Carney, which went into effect Tuesday, exempts religious
organizations from this requirement. But our current protocols will
remain unchanged: 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.)
ELDERS & DEACONS HAVE
BEGUN 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 has been
divided into 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.
CRITICAL INFORMATION will continue to be
sent on a regular and timely basis though Concord
Connects emails such as this. Aware that some of
our members either don't have or don't monitor an email
account, SOME INFO will also be sent via "snail
mail"- either to the entire congregation or to a targeted
group that we know doesn't use or access email.
WE WILL CONTINUE using available
technology to provide worship and study opportunities. SUNDAY
WORSHIP will continue to be posted each week. MUG & MUFFIN will
continue meeting via Zoom each Wednesday morning,
10:00-11:00am; info will be provided each week on how to join
the meeting via computer, tablet, or phone.
Soup/Chili Cook-off & Chocolate
March 1, 2020
Cynthia Miller's sister Nancy
Wolfe died yesterday morning, a week after
suffering a major stroke - prayers of comfort for
Cynthia & her family.
Prayers for Margaret Twelves & family
following the death of her brother who lived in VT.
Carol & Phil Lind - both with
Kathie's daughter Gabby, expecting second child in May -
worried about being in hospital alone during labor.
Prayers for trust that all will be well.
Marj Johnson's grandson Greg home
from college program in Spain & in isolation. One of his
friends had a fever upon reaching home.
Jim Moore's cousin Kathy, who had
experienced the return of her brain tumor, has died. Prayers of consolation
for all the family.
Prayers of rejoicing for last Sunday's
"virtual" worship service & thanks to
all who made it happen.
Sally Coulson's grandson Tim & wife Carla
are proud parents of a baby daughter Charlotte.
Prayers of rejoicing also for Steve's daughter Ashley
& husband Kris expecting their second child.
His niece Leslie is also expecting.
Jennie Clark's parents Claire &
David & family as they watch Claire slip further into dementia.
Buzz Buswell - in Cadia with
continuing health 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.
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.