March 12, 2020

Matthew 25:31-46
 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ 

Reflection: The command to feed the hungry was given by Jesus when he spoke to his disciples about the Judgement of the Nations. It was at the top of his list of things to do.
It is important to eat each day in order to grow normally, have energy and enjoy overall good health. Yet, hunger remains a serious problem. It is a problem for people who live across the world from us, as well as for many who live within our tricounty area.
     To feed the hungry includes food donations to the local food banks, volunteer work at a soup kitchen or packaging meals for food baskets at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or monetary donations to relief agencies. These are all things we can do and are called to do. Jesus has asked this of us.

Prayer: Almighty God, we ask You to give all people their daily bread today (Mt 6:11) and end the persistent hunger that plagues our world. Provide food to all that they may grow and thrive. Pour out your grace on hungry families, especially parents straining to feed their children despite dwindling resources.

-Maryanne Rastatter

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