March 20, 2020

1 John 17-18
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them how can the love of God be in them. Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth.

Reflection: Loving our neighbor calls for compassion. The kind of compassion our Jesus Christ had when He laid down his life on the cross for us. Again, when He performed a miracle and fed 5000 people by multiplying five loaves of bread and two fishes into enough food for everyone with some left over.
     Jesus’ compassion was one of love and moved by compassion served people in need. He said, “I came to serve” (Mark 10:45). Our servanthood too is helping others as Jesus commanded. This feeding miracle reminds us nothing we face on earth is too big for God. As Christians, we must trust God that He will provide for our needs and amplify our offerings to bless others.
     When we are richly blessed, out of love, we can say, “I wish I could do something more.” Miracles do happen and people are fed literally and spiritually as we “pay it forward.”
     Thankfully, Christians continue to respond worldwide when they see critical human needs for physical and spiritual help. A recent view on world news showed a global refugee child scooping up flour mixed with dirt and eating it. The flour had leaked from a flour sack. That was his manna. Heartbreaking scenes like this are worldwide. We cannot run out of love and compassion.
A song composed some years ago for a peace effort has a message even appropriate for today’s hunger crisis.
                   “What the world needs now is love sweet love,
                             It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of,
                             What the world needs now is love sweet love,
                            Not just for some but for everyone.”

     In faith and trust, God will equip us.

Prayer: Lord God, we pray for everyone everywhere who is hungry today. You have given us all we need. Help us to share your goodness with others. Amen.

-Bea Kent

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