Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:49
Dear Church FamilyWritten by Jeron Parkins
I hope you are all doing well! I hope your days have been great and without stress or strain! Of course that is unlikely given the world we live in. Most everyone probably has things that we are thankful for but probably everyone is dealing with some type of loss, hardship or anxious struggle. What do you do with your pains? How do you handle your grief? All of us know from experience that it’s not good to pretend everything is fine when it’s not. God has given us a church family and deacons and elders and pastors to confide in, help us and get prayer. Another blessing that God has given us to keep us above water in this life is the Book of Psalms. I want to focus on this blessing today and call you to avail yourself of it. Often we don’t know how to express our feelings, whether they be feelings of loss or of anger. But in the book of Psalms God has given us laments and prayers that saints of old have crafted out of their own real life problems. These inspired words of struggle and cries to God can be read and spoken and used as prayer guides to help us express our heart to God. Sometimes we get so pent up in emotion we don’t know what to say, we are speechless or our emotions boil over in other ways. But as we read the Psalmists’ anguished cries or recite their testimonies we find we are able to connect with our Lord who loves us. What a blessing to be understood! What a blessing to be heard! Realize in our prayers that God isn’t threatened by our emotions. He can handle our raw and impolite prayers. He already knows we are angry; he already knows our bitterness over loss – there is not need to hide it! We are so much better off to draw near to him and speak our hearts and ask for the grace we need. For instance, you might be under tension and guilt because of your sins and you fear God’s anger and you are tempted to withdraw from his presence. Don’t move away, draw near! How much better to express our feelings and pray a Psalm. For example, “LORD, you do not withhold your compassion from me. Your constant love and truth will always guard me; my iniquities have overtaken me; I am unable to see. They are more than the hairs on my head, and my courage leaves me. LORD, be pleased to rescue me; hurry to help me, LORD” (Psalm 40:11-13). If you aren’t currently engaged in a Bible reading project or if you are out of the habit of regular scripture reading, I encourage you to become familiar with the Psalms. You can read through the book in a month by reading 5 Psalms a day. What I’ve done in the past is read through 4 or 5 or 6 Psalms and then go back during the day and spend time thinking on and praying through those passages that seemed especially relevant to my situation in life. Or it can be helpful just pulling one line or a phrase from a Psalm and prayerfully repeating it again and again throughout your busy day at work. There are many ways to be ministered to by the Psalms. I do hope you are doing well today, but please remember my brothers and sisters that our Lord always is near and he always wants us to come to him with our struggles. He is a great Father who loves his redeemed ones without end and we have a risen Savior who knows what we are going through, both through his omniscience and through his experience. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens – Jesus the Son of God – let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16).
Here's some of what is planned and happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…
SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY
SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY
Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church. Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 or through influenza is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick! If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home. It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses. Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community.
MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 6:30 in the sanctuary
The Family Team is making popcorn and setting up the big screen for a showing of “Home Alone.”
CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24
Let us celebrate with the angels over Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!” We’re adding another worship service this year to ease overcrowding. We will also have the Sprung Building open with a live stream of the service on the big screen for overflow or for those who want to physical distance a bit more. Feel free to invite people to Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24 at one of the following times:
WE WILL HAVE REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
No Saturday Evening Service on December 26. Saturday evening services will resume January 2nd at 6:00 p.m.
Men’s Breakfast will take a break December 24 and December 31, will resume Jan 7.
Children’s Ministry will take a break on December 27 and Jan 3, will resume Jan 10.
Work on the Christian Education and Community Building is ahead of schedule and under budget. Major advancement happened yesterday on the installation of a new gas line and there is a likelihood of heat being restored in the Sprung Building by this Sunday (we have been using temporary heating sources in the interim). Thank you for your continued prayers for worker safety, for the project staying on schedule and for God’s financial provision. Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge.
The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil). We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution.
If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:
- Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
- Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
- If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
- Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly
PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS:
Thanks for reading!