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 email@example.com.
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.
|Gracious God, |
we will not
gather in one place this Pentecost
wearing red, standing close together,
crowded in sanctuaries adorned with symbols.
We will gather
in separate rooms
amidst a pandemic,
literally, people from every nation
speaking in countless languages.
As we stand in this unusual place
amidst uncertainty and fear
we pray that we will re-member
the first Pentecost, our Story,
that we will hear afresh the witness of Peter
proclaiming Joel’s prophesy of God —
people of all ages and stations,
seeing visions, dreaming dreams,
witnessing signs and wonders —
even in days clouded by sickness and worry.
Like the early apostles
fill us with courage,
to be your beloved global community,
to read and proclaim the signs of the times,
to demonstrate your Good News with our lives.
Make us the Church of the Pentecost
embracing people of every hue, accent, and theology,
hearing about your deeds of power
spoken by many witnesses in many languages —
and our joy shall be full
and our hope be proclaimed.
Consume us with refining fire.
Redeem us with your unending love.
Propel by your holy wind.
We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ, who lives and reigns with You, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
By Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-21
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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.|
|Isolated Berkley College of Music students coming together, as best they can right now, to play “Love, Sweet Love”….|
Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether…..
Music from prior weeks can be found here ……
Prayers and Concerns
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