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    God Is On The Throne

    March 19, 2020



    Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength,

        an ever-present help in trouble.

    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

         and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

    though its waters roar and foam

         and the mountains quake with their surging.


    God is on the throne of this world. God does not cause disasters and catastrophes and pandemics. See Luke 13:1-5. God allows these things and He works through them. He works through them by calling His people, His church to greater dependence on Him. He calls us to reflect His love, hope and peace to all kinds of people who may not have hope, to whom we can show love. He works through them by calling all kinds of people to turn to Him.


    I want to let you know in this way what you already know that worship services at the Free Methodist Church on Windbreak Street are cancelled until further notice. The Church Leadership Board is also recommending that small groups or care groups also be cancelled at this time. All other meetings and activities will be considered individually as time goes on.


    We are working on ways to communicate together, to pray together and be inspired together online. We are also trying to keep in contact with those who are only connected through a phone call; in our church, this is a sizeable number, many of our seniors. So let’s remember to pray for people who are elderly and may be isolated.


    Here’s the plan for Sunday morning. I will be posting a short video message on this channel. It will go up sometime on Saturday. I am encouraging you to watch it before 10 am on Sunday. Then at 10:30 am, we will connect by ZOOM cloud chat to share and pray together. It will be a new thing for us to do this, but these are times to find new ways to stay connected and encouraged. Check your email, the church website and the Facebook group for information on how to access these things. 


    Let’s be in prayer for one another and for those in our community and across the world who are facing difficulties. Let’s keep in contact as much as possible, email, text, here on the website and the Facebook group, Free Methodist Centennial Chapel, Kamloops, BC. You can even call the church office and leave a message. 


    Here’s a prayer that came to me via Facebook from the President of Arrow Leadership, Steve Brown, whose wife is having surgery for breast cancer on Friday. It also fits for our circumstances in light of the virus crisis. 


    Heavenly Father,

    Whatever we learn today …

    … it doesn’t catch You off-guard.

    … it doesn’t diminish Your love for us.

    Whatever we learn today…

    … You are still bigger.

    … You are still in charge.

    Whatever we learn today …

    … You can bring good from it and further your purposes.

    … You are with us and for us.

    Whatever we learn today, we continue to choose to trust You.


    Grace and peace,

    Pastor Shelley


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