“…know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, 

that this man stands before you healed.”

-Peter in Acts 4

He is Risen! But not even a pandemic can keep Jesus in the tomb!

Join us for worship this morning at 10:55.

I want to share a prayer from another time of Pandemic. In the 9th Century Sedulius Scottus urged God to spare the people from plague. He prayed to God with a poem entitled “Against the Plague”:

Would not your people have to drink

now the cup of your anger, deserved wrath.

May you shine upon us your former compassion;

we beg you, you hear us.

Destroy our evil deeds, we pray;

save us, blessed prince.

Disperse dark shadows covering our minds,

faithful light of the world.

Holy of Holies, Lord of kings,

may your right hand be with your lowly ones,

may your serene face look upon us,

or else we perish.

Amen.

How to Connect this Week

Each week during this time of global crisis, we, as a congregation, will continue to gather spiritually in worship and prayer at 10:55 AM in our homes and with our families. This week, we will be presenting a worship service on Zoom that will be recorded and made available through our website.

Here are the directions: 

Use this link on your PC, Mac, smart phone or tablet

https://ministrelife.zoom.us/j/3280714972

or you can use your phone to call either of these numbers and use this identification number: 328-071-4972

+1 253 215 8782

 +1 301 715 8592

If you connect by phone, there are 2 commands that will help. *6 will mute or unmute your phone and *9 will “raise you hand” so the host can call on you.

If you are unable to connect with this service, here are some thoughts for your own time of worship. 

God promises to give us a new heart and a new life.

When God gives us that new heart, our lives are changed, our priorities are rewritten and our longings are for God. Listen to song we know well that speaks of the transformation God will bring: 

“Cry of My Heart”

Here is a song that invites you to join in a time of meditation:

“Stay with Me”  

If you want to join more worship that is being streamed, you can find this map and links to churches in the region online: 

https://www.abcopad.org/About_Us/ABCOPAD-Churches-Live-Streaming-Worship/

And now, Mahalia Jackson and Louie Armstrong sing “Just a Closer Walk.”

Imagine a funeral in New Orleans that begins with a somber march through the streets and is transformed into a celebration of life!

I hope this will offer you encouragement this week. I will reach out again through the week.

Remember, you can continue to support the work of the church by giving through our safe and secure giving portal at https://secure-q.net/donations/Hatboro/1435. The needs of the church continue. In addition, the needs around us are growing. 

If you are available to help others who are in need, please contact us at the church or by email @ pastor.hatboro@gmail.com. We are working on a database of helpers and needs that we will be able to address. 

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Doug