Worship

Message

Dear Friends,

I want you all to know that our worship committee is working on ways that we can keep the congregation connected in prayer and Bible study and loving community, even while we are not together in person. For now, if you have a prayer request, please give it to Ann in the office at (413) 532-0500 or churchoffice@thesteepleinthefalls.org.

The healing stories of Jesus often have themes both of sickness and of social isolation. In Mark chapter 5 and Luke chapter 8, a man lives among the tombs because he suffers from an unclean spirit who causes him to run around screaming and gashing himself with stones. His community has tried to keep him among them by tying him up with chains and shackles. But he is too strong and breaks the chains. So they banished him to live among the tombs out on the mountainside. After Jesus heals the man, he begs him to let him become one of his followers. Jesus says no. Instead, he tells the man “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” Reconnecting with his people is part of his healing.

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Daily Prayer

Lord, Lord, Open Unto Me! Open unto me — light for my darkness.
Open unto me — courage for my fear.
Open unto me — hope for my despair.
Open unto me — peace for my turmoil.
Open unto me — joy for my sorrow.
Open unto me — strength for my weakness.
Open unto me — wisdom for my confusion.
Open unto me — forgiveness for my sins.
Open unto me — love for my hates.
Open unto me — thy Self for my self. Lord, Lord, open unto me!

By Howard Thurman
Shared by Rev. Ted Crass, President, United Methodist Foundation of New England

To read prior daily prayers, click here ….



Music

In the Singing – song for Maundy Thursday

Heather playing “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “Blest Be the Tie”….
For South Hadley Methodist Church, March 29 2020. I say a prayer of thanks for God’s beautiful woods, fields, and birds all around me. I say a prayer of thanks for all of you.
Heather
Isolated Berkley College of Music students coming together, as best they can right now, to play “Love, Sweet Love”….

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/24/821041006/virtual-love-sweet-love-from-quarantined-berklee-college-of-music-students

Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether…..

Music from prior weeks can be found here ……




Prayers and Concerns

To view current prayer concerns, visit the prayer page