These are unprecedented and challenging times for all of us.  Given this uncertain environment, we are reaching out to you with a few resources to help you stay "plugged in". 

APRIL 11, 2020

Dear Congregation,

I hope you are all doing well. This is certainly not how we ever thought we would find ourselves. Over our lifetimes there have been many calamities; many things that have been traumatic. The one consoling factor in those earlier times was that we could always be together. There would always be that embrace; that hand shake; that sharing of a meal; and that oneness. This time is different. We find ourselves isolated. The government is telling us that this could well last until summer. 

 

We find ourselves lamenting that we now have to do church in front of the computer. That is not the way I want to worship. We find ourselves echoing the crowds and the disciples that did not want Jesus to do things His way. They had an idea about how things should go and they were very disappointed that things were not the way they wanted or expected. Things were now ruined…

 

Things seem quite ruined now. No traditional Church service; no singing at the top of our lungs; no triumphant organ music; no Easter flower arrangements; no new Easter attire; no Easter coffee; no hot cross buns; no Easter family dinner and the list goes on. And just in case you were or are tempted to just do it anyway…you hear the saying “six feet apart or six feet under…it’s your choice.” 

 

Indeed it is our choice! Your attitude is your choice. Christ has the victory and we share in that victory. I am reminded of a great hymn: 

 

I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory 

How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me
I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory
Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever…

 

We can let this bump in the road define us. Either we allow ourselves to be defeated and upset…or we allow ourselves to say “nothing will rob me of my Joy…of claiming the victory in Jesus." There are those in the world that are looking at us right now, wondering if Easter will now come or be celebrated by us. Like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, they are standing in wait seeing what Sunday morning will bring…they are anticipating tears and sadness that Easter has been stolen from us. 

 

I had an email sent to me this morning that had a delightful “Grinchy” take on this. The world was expecting disappointment:

 

But the sound wasn’t depressed.

Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small, Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
 

(See below for the whole poem)

 

Friends Easter will come just the same. Nothing can ever change that. Nothing can take away the good news. Nothing can come between God and us. Nothing can take away what Christ did for us. Please join me on Sunday morning as we celebrate Easter. Go to, or click on…

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Blessings

Rev. Dr. Andrew Human

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Here is that neat take on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

By Kristi Bothur
With a nod to Dr. Seuss

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Sunday, March 29, 2020 Message

from Rev. Dr. Andrew Human

March 15 Remote Sermon

This sermon was delivered remotely during our temporary pause in Sunday Worship Service due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Human

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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER - HOPE

By Bob English

Sunday March 22, 2020

Bridge Over Troubled Water 

- HOPE -

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Written by Bob English

Elder

This message was delivered from the pulpit in 2019 by Bob English, Elder. Given the challenges being faced by all of us today, it is being offered for review and contemplation.

 

Bible passages Psalm 33, 14-22, and 1 Timothy 4, 10-15 set the context for the message.

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Our Journey Through Lent

Reading Through

the Gospel of Mark

February 16 - April 12, 2020 

Our Journey Through Lent  

Reading Through the Gospel of Mark.

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Written by Tori Smit

Regional Minister for Faith Formation

Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda

The Presbyterian Church in Canada

www.cnob.org Tori Smit (copyright) 2020.

Used by permission. 

Prayers for When You

Feel Anxious 

Coloring Pages

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Concept: Rebekah Lowe

Writers: Arianne Braithwaite Lehn, Amanda Meisenheimer, and Layton Williams

Illustrator: Corby Ortmann

Published by Illustrated Ministry, Racine, Wisconsin.

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