In the midst of so much loss, there is joy. Joy is not the same as happiness. Happiness is dependent upon external conditions and is situational. Happiness comes and goes. Joy is a spiritual gift. It is the gift of knowing Christ's presence regardless of outward circumstances. It is a gift of knowing you are held closely by God and will be cared for just as the lilies of the field and the birds of the air.
St. Peter's has shifted operations this week to two areas of concern. First, we are making sure all three of the county supplied water stations are stocked and, at the end of the day, properly sanitized to protect our community's collective health. Second, we are hosting the Family Meal - a hot meal every evening from 5-8 pm for the residents, business owners and workers who have spent all day cleaning and working on their buildings.
St. Peter's will monitor the need to keep these ministries going. If you can help with the Family Meal by supplying food, contact our Senior Warden Judi Mahaffey or Junior Warden Katherine Schnorrenberg. If you want to help with serving the meal or tending the water stations, you can sign up by clicking here.
Thanks to Kat Forder of Kat Forder Photography for the dance party video.
"Jesus said, 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you-- you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.'" (Matt. 6:25-34 NRS)