In our daily living, there are distractions that disrupt our connection with the Spirit of God. These distractions have become normalized due to their frequency and somehow it seems we cannot escape them. A whole string of news cycles hit us, and usually there is little difference between them. I am bracing my inner self for the next natural disaster, mass shooting, investment opportunity, uproar from our nation’s capital, Hollywood gossip, ecological crisis, financial news, political campaigns, etc…
Although many of these things have a certain level of importance, the question has to be asked, “What does any of it do for my soul?”
As a church, we are aware of the struggle to walk closer to God when our minds are preoccupied with such distractions.
This season of Lent free yourself of distractions. Fast from those details that do not contribute to your inner wellbeing. Fast from the trivial and give your mind a rest. Consider that, which feeds your soul: silence, laughter and tenderness.
This season of Lent we invite you to a variety of opportunities that will nurture your soul. Be part of educational and communal events that help build our understanding of who God is calling us to be.
Season of Lent Schedule will continue to evolve so check back often. In the meantime we are offering Lenten Devotionals
Lenten Devotional ~ March 18
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. ~ Philippians 2:1-11
Taking a “selfie” has become a talent. Some people are much better at it than others.
The amusing part of selfies is that people have learned how to look their best even though they are feeling their worst. Not too long ago, I saw people in the midst of a difficult moment take a group selfie (don’t ask me why - I’m still baffled) and they very quickly transformed their grumpy, sad faces to a beautiful smile. It was impressive, the art of disingenuous smiles and conceit for the sake of a selfie.
If we were to take a selfie of ourselves during these difficult times of Coronavirus, social distancing, anxiety and fear, would we be honest enough to let it show, or would we put on a disingenuous smile?
Paul’s letter to the Philippians speaks to us in our day because we have become conceited and often very selfish. Are we capable of being humble and treating others better than ourselves? That is our challenge today. The current crisis is pushing us to work together and to do it humbly, without worries of how we may look doing it.
My prayer this Lent is that we step back, consider God’s call to love and serve each other from the humble point of love and service itself. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Guillermo Márquez-Sterling
Lenten Devotional ~ March 17
Call To Action, Call To Prayer
The Islamic faith uses a beautiful tower, the Minaret, to project a melodious call to prayer, as a beautiful reminder that Muslims dedicate a small portion of their day to grateful prayer. At our church we have a less formal call, but just as effective – the weekly e-blast. During this time of crisis, we will increase the frequency of our e-blast so that we might all remain in communication. We understand that the need for church and prayer is heightened during this time. Yet, we are following the recommendations from the experts to suspend our Sunday worship, and by so doing we help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus.
This past Sunday we attempted to provide an online message and prayer to our community, however the unprecedented number of viewers outpaced our broadband allotment, thus stopping the streaming. We are addressing the situation by increasing our bandwidth and next Sunday, we will be able to livestream to your homes. Stay tuned for our calls to prayer and action in our e-blasts, and in the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
April 5 Palm Sunday and Confirmation Sunday
April 9 Maundy Thursday Service (7:00 pm)
April 10 Good Friday – Stations of the Cross (10:00 am)
A walking remembrance of the crucifixion
Mission and Outreach
Our environmental ministry, Save Our Beaches, offers weekly advice on how to live in an earth friendly manner and an opportunity to advocate for earth friendly policies to reduce single-use plastics.