FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Matthew 5:6
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Reflection: When we hear the words “hunger and thirst,” we generally think of food and drink—don’t we? Most of us Salemites lead such privileged lives that obtaining food multiple times per day is not a problem! Yet many of us have a “complicated relationship” with food. Because it satisfies, we may overeat—using food to quench our fears or loneliness or boredom or [you fill in the blank] until we become overweight. At the other end of the spectrum, some of us need to be reminded to eat! I am one of those—often too busy, preoccupied, or nervous to make food a (mental) priority. Nevertheless, we all feel hunger and thirst because we need food for health and energy. Simply put: food is necessary for our physical body to be satisfied.
Similarly, RIGHTEOUSNESS is necessary for God’s will to be satisfied. Jesus wants us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. To do what is right in God’s eyes. Living “righteously” ranges from simple acts of kindness to courageous acts of justice.
“Thy will be done.” It’s not meant to be complicated. It is meant to be considerate of others. Whether pudgy or skinny, too often we “live thin”—getting so wrapped up in personal concerns, in the privileged details of our day, that we forget the bigger picture. We forget to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to care for all God’s people.
Let us not have a “complicated relationship” with righteousness!

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit! Remind me to do good, to choose what is right in my actions today. Amen!

-Roxanne Vandervlugt

OUTDOOR WORSHIP CANCELLED
DUE TO PEORIA HEALTH ADVISORY
In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
 
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor