March 9, 2020

Deuteronomy 10:17-18 
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the stranger, providing them food and clothing. 

Reflection: For several years, I have been driving to exercise in the Methodist Atrium warm water therapy pool, three times a week, early in the morning. My route has changed since we moved to Lutheran Hillside Village. I see poverty and homelessness and hunger on a weekly basis. I pass the Salvation Army overnight shelter for men, just as the men are leaving their shelter and preparing to start their day. On my return home, my route takes me by the Taft Homes low-income subsidized housing project. My next sobering sight is when I pass the Catholic Charities food pantry and see lines of people with sacks, waiting for food distribution. Occasionally, someone will be holding up a sign for help.
     The hymn, “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart” ends with these words in verse five: “You give yourself to us, O Lord; then selfless let us be, to serve each other in your name in truth and charity.” One of my favorite table graces ends with the words, “and make us ever mindful of the needs of others.” These needs are around us every day, all we have to do is open our eyes and look for them.
     We as believers, individually and as a church body, try to follow Jesus’ teachings. For when we do, we can make a difference and help our fellow men in need. No effort is too small, and collectively we can be the feet of Jesus here on the ground.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep us all aware of hunger and poverty in our world, and help us to respond with generous hearts. Help us to remain steadfast to your teachings, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

-Edell Berg

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