This week Eastminster’s Session met to study scripture, to pray and to preside over the business of the church. The meeting was special for me for several reasons. First, there was an excellent devotion on waiting and depending on God. God is a God who loves, cares, and protects. Immediately following the devotion, we heard an exciting report from the Prayer Shawl ministry as they are expanding not only to offer shawls to those at the end of life, but prayer squares for all who have need, and “octopi” for prematurely born infants. Your Elders laid hands on the work of the Prayer Shawl ministry and consecrated it before God. Finally, your Session deliberated about how we might reach out with love in the community and voted to conduct some municipal and mission partner conversations to better be prepared to be a good Christian influence right here in our neighborhood. This will build on the excellent ministry Compassion in Action is doing. We serve the God who loves, cares and protects by loving, caring and protecting too!
Today we start a new sermon series, “Psalms for all Seasons.” You will receive a bookmark with Psalms appropriate for reading in different seasons of your life which will be covered in worship in the following weeks. Today we will look at God’s love, care and protection as conveyed in Psalm 91. As I read this Psalm, the following image comes to mind:
Hear these words: “You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’ He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:1-2, 4)
God loves, cares for and protects you and me!