Daily Devotional

May 22, 2020

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  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Psalm 130:1-8
  • Philippians 2:5-11
  • Matthew 26:14-27:66
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A message from your pastors:

We all look forward to the time when we will once again be able to safely gather together as community of faith, but until that time our building remains closed for all gatherings, groups, and worship for the foreseeable future.  Please remember to join us for our online Sunday worship services, as well as Holy Week services of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. You should be receiving reminders for these services, as well as our Daily Devotional, in your email box. If not, please let us know by emailing office@stjamesverona.org. We apologize in advance if you have not been receiving these.

It is said that if you want to travel fast, go alone; if you want to travel far, go together. The St. James community looks and feels different right now, but a community in Christ we remain. And as we inhabit this new and strange land of a worldwide pandemic, we still travel together as sisters and brothers in Christ.

Please continue to hold in your prayers all personnel on the front lines of care as well as our community and government leaders directing relief aid. Please also pray for those who are burdened and lonely during this time of isolation, for the homeless and unemployed, and those whose work puts them at risk.

We here at St. James are continually looking for ways that we can stay connected (though at a safe distance!) so that no one feels that they have been abandoned and are alone. We have been reaching out via email and phone calls to our members and friends, and we will continue to do so. We encourage you to do the same: call someone in the congregation whether you know them well or not. Send an email or a text or a card. Please share with us any concerns you have, or simply let us know how you’re coping during this time. Traveling together, God will guide us to the other side of this pandemic, when we be able to of gather face-to-face once again.

Soon the church’s biggest festival is here: Easter. Around the globe, churches will be empty. But the glorious message of Easter lives on: God’s love, not sin or disease or even death, has the last word, the final say.  May the Easter message of God’s love – a love more powerful than death - comfort you and sustain during this difficult time. Until we can safely gather together again, may God hold you and your loved ones close and keep you safe.

Pastor Kurt M Billings         Pastor Peter W Narum

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