During the past year most people have felt incredibly disconnected: from family, friends, and community among others. Sometime in the middle of last year it dawned on me just how much I take for granted.
And then I thought, do I also take God for granted? Before the pandemic life was busy. Then, like a light switch turning off, everything changed. Days that were filled with events suddenly became quiet and many of us seemed to have a lot more time on our hands. I found myself alone with my thoughts and alone with God much more often.
I want to say that’s not a bad thing. God is part of our every day, every breath whether we recognize that reality or not. God leads us, guides us, provides for, and sustains us every moment of every day. The more we sense and feel God’s presence in our lives the closer we will be to our Lord. And time spent with the Lord is never wasted or regretted.
Scott Wagoner is a pastor living in North Carolina. He offered this prayer on social media a couple days ago. It spoke to me. I hope it also speaks to you: Loving God, so often we tend to separate our spiritual life from our actual life. Help us to see how our actual life is the place for our spirituality to be lived and experienced. Reveal to us Your Presence in the everyday. May we feel connected with You. Amen
Bible Study will meet by Zoom on Wednesday evening at 7 PM. The Gospel of Mark is our study topic. If interested and need info on how to join in, call or email the church office.
Please help us identify church members who are graduating from high school, college or any institution of higher learned this year so we can honor them! Call or email the church office (email@example.com) to let us know where your student is graduating from and what his/her plans are for the future. Share the good news!
BLANKET SUNDAY - May 9th
If you are attending worship this Sunday, please stop by the table in Fellowship Hall to make a donation to Church World Service for their use in purchasing blankets for those in need worldwide. Make your donation in memory of or in honor of a loved one. If unable to attend worship, you may "purchase" a blanket by sending a check to the church office. Let's recognize those who have "blanketed" us with love.
A Sunday School teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, "Because a lot of people are sleeping."
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist; Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Secretary; Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Office Hours: Mon. & Wed., 9 AM-2 PM
Address: 2A N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-4612; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.firstprescarlisle.org