By the time I am writing for the next edition of The Light, I sincerely hope that we are joining for worship again in our beautiful sanctuary, even if we need to add a few safety precautions to do so! Please be on the lookout for notice of our joyful return to in-person gatherings and safeguards to resuming communal worship in our building. Until then, your participation in our Zoom worship is valuable. The Zoom meeting ID (935 970 0601) and dial in phone number (1-646-558-8656) remain the same each week.
Wayside Presbyterian Church has also invited Emmanuel folk to join a Philippians bible study on-line in the coming month. There are two opportunities each week to join, studying the same chapter of Philippians both days. Tuesday mornings at 8 AM on 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, and 5/19 you can join Rev. Nathan Royster for the study (Zoom Meeting ID: 834 5395 7268; Password: 939887) or Wednesday evenings at 7 PM on 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, and 5/20 Rev. Dr. James Bernhardt leads the study (Zoom Meeting ID: 676 526 4457; Password: 06201961.
I am also sharing a prayer that I have found meaningful during these days. Blessings on your continued social distancing as we seek to eliminate the coronavirus.
A Prayer in the Time of the Coronavirus
The Presbyterian Outlook, March 13, 2020
Guest commentary by Jeffrey Myers
God our Creator, who calls the stars by name and sets the fireflies dancing, who makes the mountains burst into song and emboldens the purple crocus pushing up through the snow, we pause to give deep thanks for the beauty which surrounds us always and for the promise that life goes on.
Set in our hearts a hope more resilient than the coronavirus, and assure us of your power to bring good even out of the most formidable diseases.
God of healing and hope, we pray that you would cool the fevered brow of the sick and speak of love stronger than death to those who lay dying. Give healing compassion to all who care for the sick, and encourage those facing isolation with your peace-giving presence.
We pray that coronavirus would move us to reflect upon our responsibility, individually and together, in caring for creation. Let your righteous anger spur us to make the long-overdue changes, so that all of creation might have room to breathe.
Rein in fear, we pray, before it becomes contagious, and nurture trust to form the basis of our dealings with one another. Let the tireless efforts of those on the frontiers of research lead to new and effective treatments, and guide those in positions of power by principles of truth and integrity.
God of tender mercies, we ask humbly that the painful awareness of our own vulnerability lead not to greater fear, but to deeper faith – a faith that nothing in all of creation can separate us from your love – neither today, nor tomorrow. Amen.
JEFFREY MYERS is a Presbyterian pastor serving together with his German wife, Andrea, in Frankfurt, Germany.
I hope to see you walking beside Jesus during this Lenten journey.