Rev. Deb Arnold
Pastor: Rev. Debra Arnold
Office: (207) 548-0327; Home: (207) 505-1942
Pastor’s Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM (or by appt.)
Church Office Assistant: Bill Zito
Bill Zito Text: 207-323-0230
Church Office Hours
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00 AM—2:00 PM
Dear Member and friends of the Church,
Due to the ongoing pandemic of the Corona Virus, the leadership of our Church regretfully advises that we must stay closed until further notice.
We want to thank everyone for their cooperation and prayers. We especially want to thank Pastor Deb for her inspirational words. During this trying time she will be available by phone or email should you need to reach her.....as she says "About anything and don't hesitate !"
We must keep praying for others and our country while we strive to go by the protocol set up by our State and Federal governments.
Let us encourage each other by emails, text messages, Facebook posts and phone calls.
Jim Rose, Trustee Chair
March 22 - Message
A Pastor’s Passing Thoughts . . .
Thinking of You . . .
“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23: 4
Listen! God's voice calls to us.
Look! God will provide for us.
Come! God is making us holy.
Let us welcome the Spirit's power.
This was the call to worship I chose months ago for today’s service. Psalm 23 was the Lectionary choice for today. We are never promised an easy journey. We try to fool ourselves into thinking we can see straight through to the future, but as we have learned, one never knows what a day will bring. Ours is a journey of twists and turns, detours and delays; but also, we are accompanied by a Holy Shepherd who has a plan and a purpose and who is not thwarted.
This stretch of imposed isolation can seem dark and confining and uncertain at times. We are urged, practically forced, to not fly throughout the country, gather with loved ones, hug, shake hands, browse the store aisles. Is this not our Shepherd’s staff pulling us out of harm’s way? Are you not chafing against it yearning to forge ahead to what appears to you to be green pastures? We cannot discern what the next few days or weeks will look like, but we CAN trust in our Shepherd, our GOOD Shepherd who sees all. Each time you feel dismay at the circumstances close your eyes and visualized the Shepherd’s staff holding you back, holding you close to Him while you walk THROUGH the dark valley.
Reflect on the quote you would have found in today’s bulletin:
“Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
Now, recall our Lenten theme:
“Ponder the Seed: The tiny seed knew that in order to grow, it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness and struggle to reach the light.” ~ Sandra King
Return to my call to worship:
Listen! God's voice calls to us. Look! God will provide for us. Come! God is making us holy.
Let us welcome the Spirit's power.
You, the apple of God’s eye, are being made holy during this sacred time. Continue in hope and in prayer. . . . .and . ..from God Calling (A.J. Russell) " 'All is well.' say always, 'All is well.' Long though the way may seem, there is not one inch too much. I, your Lord, am not only with you on the journey, - I planned, and am planning, the journey. There are Joys unspeakable in the way you go. Courage - courage - courage."
Sitting alone at my piano this morning, I thought of all of you and am sending a musical message. ️