We also received communication from City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke today saying that some streets in the City may not be plowed until Tuesday, and power outages may take through Friday to repair. (The full text of the email is posted on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GoodShepherdHampden While you are there, consider "liking" our page for the most up-to-date information available. Facebook can be updated even when the website can't.) Be patient. Be safe. Be smart. Please check with neighbors. Help one another. Don't shovel so much you have a health emergency. I can't get to visit you in the snow (seriously, your health is more important than the shoveling). Keep our unhoused/homeless neighbors in your prayers. This is no time to be outside. There are warming shelters set up and transit to them...but nothing near our neighborhood. I've been working with Mary Pat Clarke to find a solution nearby.
If you need something, remember to call 911 for emergencies. Other concerns, if you let me know, I'll work to pass them along to the correct folks as long as I have power. Stay strong. We will get through this! God has not abandoned us!
However, due to the weather, all worship services and church activities are cancelled on Sunday, 24 January and Monday, 25 January. Determinations for the rest of the week will be made as we move forward. Attempts will be made to contact all of our church families. However, if you think of someone who needs to know this information, please pass it along to them. It's better to hear it several times than not at all.
You are invited to gather with those in your home, a neighbor or friend, call someone, or worship by yourself on Sunday. Below is an order of worship you may use. I will be in prayer during the worship time, and invite you to join me. Know that you are blessed. We are blessed. See you on the other side of the storm.
Peace and Blessings,
Choral Prelude: Father, I Adore You (video starts after ad)
One: Loving God, who speaks to us through your Scriptures and in the collective wisdom of your people throughout the ages:
Many: Help us to hear anew what you would speak to us this day.
One: For your word is always fresh,
Many: A message of life and hope in the world that needs to know and heed your will.
One: Through Christ the living Word and your Spirit of illumination
Many: who with you is the trust that sets us free. Amen. (W&S 72)
Opening Hymn: O How I Love Jesus
Response to Prayer: The Gloria Patri
Ponderings: Discuss with those gathered or ask yourself these questions:
1) What is the passage trying to say?
2) What about the passage sticks out to me (good or bad)? Why?
3) What is God trying to say to me through this passage?
Things to Consider: When have you been rejected from those you most want to share God's love with? How did you feel? What did you do? If you've never experienced this, why not? Who have you shared God's love with?
A Jubilee is when all work ceases for a full year. When does Jesus say this will happen? Why? Has this ever happened in your knowledge? (The answer is "no.") Why not? How is God's Kingdom different than our lived reality? What can we do to make God's Kingdom more of a reality?
Prayers: These are updated with what I have been notified about. If you have additional prayers, please feel free to contact me.
We installed our 2016 leaders!
Myrtle M. is home at Lamplight!
Betty P’s niece, Barbara, had a stroke.
Linda T’s sister, Barbara.
Linda T’s nephew, Dennis.
Edith T’s sister is in the hospital.
Edith T’s brother, John.
Rosetta W. is in the hospital.
All our armed forces and first responders.
Istanbul, Jakarta, Charsadda, Canada, Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, Japan, Nigeria, London, San Bernadino, the whole world.
The Syrian refugee crisis.
Continuing Prayer Concerns: Tim P; Evelyn R. and Paula; Myrtle M; Edith’s Family; Pastor Bonnie’s grandfather, Al; Shirley S; Mary J; Frances S; John & Doris C; Gloria (Jeanne H).
The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine in the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Offerings: Our expenses continue even when we are closed. Please consider making up your offerings next Sunday, or by mailing them to the Church Office: Good Shepherd UMC, 3800 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. Other ways of giving are explained on our Giving Page of the website (Click for a link).
Closing Hymn: I Love to Tell the Story
1) The New Church Council will meet on Thursday, January 28, at 4pm. At this meeting, we will discuss our regular meeting time. If you are unable to attend, please let Linda Thompson, Chair, know. The meeting is open to the congregation, but only members of the Council have vote.
2) The Re-scheduled Worship Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 27, at 3:30 pm in the Choir Room.
3) A new 9-week Bible Study on Nehemiah will begin on Tuesday, February 2 at 2pm in the Parlor. All are welcome to the study as we explore how Nehemiah rebuilt the community and how we can do the same. There is a study book. The deadline to sign up has passed; however, please see Pastor Bonnie if you are still interested.
4) The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10. Mark your calendars for Ashes to Go (volunteers needed) and community worship at 7pm.
5) Family Dinner and a Move Night will be on Friday, February 19 at 6:30pm. We will share a meal of pasta before watching a G or PG movie. All are welcome to attend. Suggested donation of $1/person or $5/family. Please RSVP on our website or to Pastor Randy.