One United Church of Christ

1730 New Holland Road, Kenhorst, Reading, PA  19607
"Adapting, Welcoming, Serving, Growing in Faith"

Pastor's Page

March 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

ďI am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.Ē (Psalm 27:13-14, NIV)

These verses come to my mind often these days. We are living with so much uncertainty. This newsletter is full of uncertainty. We donít know how long it will be until we can gather in-person again. We donít know what toll the virus will take on us or our community. As Iím writing, I donít know what Holy Week or Easter services will look like. I do know they will happen one way or another. I do know God is with us. I do know we will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Our call and challenge is to be strong, take heart, and wait for the LORD.

None of us knows how to be Church or a family or a community or a human being in the midst of a pandemic. Weíre all learning together. Weíre all stressed and overwhelmed together. We all need each otherís encouragement and grace and strength.

We are continuing to adapt our ministry at One UCC to keep us connected and to keep serving our community. Some of us are active on social media. Some of us have computers and email but not social media. Some of us donít possess a computer in any form. Trying to keep us all aware of changes at church and trying to keep sharing the good news of Jesus is tricky.

For the moment we are worshiping via YouTube. After some experimentation, weíve learned recording worship and posting the video to YouTube at 10:30am on Sundays will best serve the worship needs of our community. Live streaming is a challenge in part because we donít have the equipment and the people with the technical know-how to help us set up a good stream. Also, if we have internet at home, we all have different internet speeds, and for those of us with slower internet speeds, live streaming worship could become an exercise in frustration rather than worship. If you donít already know where to find us on YouTube, our digital sacred space is:

We are also podcasting worship, and if you prefer an audio-only format, you can download worship from our website,
If you donít do computers, we are mailing the weekly bulletin. Please consider using the bulletin to pray along with us at 10:30am on Sundays. If you havenít been receiving the bulletin and would like to, please let me know.

In these uncertain times, our faith practices are more important now than ever. Make time in your days to read scripture. If you donít know what part of the Bible to read, read through the gospel of Luke. Keep praying. Join in the Wednesday prayer services. Keep loving and serving others however you can.

Mostly, I miss seeing you all. The church building is a quiet place these days without you. You are in my prayers, that God is protecting you, holding you, and calling you keep growing into the followers of Christ that the Holy One intends you to be. Be well. Be strong. Take heart, and wait. The goodness of the LORD will be seen in the land of the living. This is the hope of Easter and the wildest joy of our faith.



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