Odds & Ends

Every now and then I run across something interesting or have a thought I want to share, but I don’t write it down and I forget. Anyone with me on that?! So today I’m sharing all the things I’ve been meaning to share, in one post, while I’m thinking about them!

  • First of all… What about our Facebook service Cory led yesterday morning! [insert clapping] Whether you’re local or reading this from afar, check out the New Castle United Methodist Church Facebook page for Sunday service (10am) and daily devotions (8am). Cory is also busy with blog entries over on our new website.
  • Which leads to my next thought: Please remember to keep the clergy in your prayers. This is a stressful and challenging time for them, and many are being asked to lead in new ways. They need our prayerful support.
  • Also, be sure to remember the financial needs of the church. Missions, outreach, and everyday expenses don’t stop for COVID-19. Donations to NCUMC may be sent to P.O. Box 194, New Castle KY 40050.
  • REMINDER: We will be reading Chapter 5 this week in Longing to Pray. Share this site with anyone you think might want to tag along with us!

Now for a few links:

  • Christianity Today printed an excerpt from Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide To Life, a new book by W. David O. Taylor, professor at Fuller Theological Seminary. I have a copy if you are interested in giving it a look.
  • The Bible Project is adding lots of new content. If you’ve never checked them out, you’re missing some excellent video overviews of individual books of the Bible. Highly recommend!
  • Asbury Theological Seminary has added a webpage: Prayers for Turbulent Times. Every day, a student, faculty member, or staff person shares their personal prayer to help others talk to God during these uncertain days. Folks… these prayers are a blessing, and I urge you to either visit the website or find ATS on Facebook and add them to your feed. I end this with the prayer of one of my former professors, Dr. Mike Voigts:

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, the Savior of our souls and the Holy Fire of our lives, we come before you as a seminary community scattered around this world you created to center our hearts on You. We’re facing a global situation that’s new to our generation, but certainly not new to You or to Your Church. May we follow the example of those in the Body of Christ who have gone before us during their own times of global strife. May Your loving presence shine through us as we represent you in the anxious, unsettled world around us. We celebrate that despite our isolation from each other physically, we remain united in You, Lord, no matter where we are. You are the great strength of our lives, the hope of the world, and we put our trust in You. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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