Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?
Dear Spry Family,
Maybe you've asked this question before: "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Have you ever wondered that? I have. It's a question many people have asked, going back at least as far as Sarah in the first book of the Bible. It's a great question, and the answer Sarah finds is really encouraging, for her and for each of us today.
This Weekend in Worship
This weekend in worship, we're going to focus on that question from Abraham and Sarah's story. Our worship will include a time for us to name in our hearts a situation that seems too hard for us--it could be a family relationship, a work-related problem, financial stress, or a health challenge for you or someone you love. It could be a difficulty facing our community or our society, something that appears simply too hard for you or for us. We all know of such situations. During worship we'll have the opportunity to identify those situations and actually do something about them.
Plans for In-Person Gatherings and Ways to Connect
As a reminder, due to the need to protect the most vulnerable in our community, and particularly related to concerns about a post-holiday surge in Covid cases and hospitalizations, our Church Council decided that in-person gatherings, including worship, will remain paused until February 7. During January we will be gathering online for worship and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in church life including the Facebook Watch Party every Sunday at 10am on the Spry Church Facebook page, the Love Your Neighbor initiative that assists our neighbors in need, online groups, and more. See our weekly bulletin, available HERE, for details.
We encourage you to do these 3 things:
- Connect with us online.
- If you are feeling isolated or disconnected, or if there are needs that you are facing or people you know are facing (such as food, supplies, or just someone to talk to over the phone), please reach out. Our church is here to help however we can.
- Join us in fervent and daily prayer for God to heal our land.
A word about that last one...at this time, with so much going on, and so much that is out of our control, we can easily feel helpless. What can we do? What can I do? Here's something we can always do, and we can never do too much of--pray. When we feel helpless, hopeless, frustrated, or weary, it becomes all the more important that we pray. I invite you to go deeper in prayer each day throughout the month of January. Our church staff is praying every day for God to heal our land. I'm walking around our community and around each campus of our church every day in January to pray.
I'm asking you to set aside time each day to pray. One way is to set your alarm on your phone or watch for 5:17, a reference to 1 Thessalonians 5;17 in which God instructs us to "pray continually.' When my alarm rings that's a reminder for me to pray and I pray these simple words: "Lord, save us. Lord, awaken us. Lord, use us." Then I say the Lord's Prayer.
Join us each day as we cover our homes and community in prayer for healing, justice, righteousness, and peace--the shalom of God--to increase among us.
I can't tell you how much I look forward to the time we can gather again. I'm counting down the days! Meanwhile I invite you to worship with us this weekend as we consider the question, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" We need to meet with God. We need some face to face time with Jesus, to breathe deeply of the Holy Spirit. I pray that is what happens this weekend in our homes and our hearts.