03-31-2021 Mid-Week Devotion “One Step”

Mid Week Devotion 03/31/2021 “One Step”

Good morning, afternoon or evening, depending on when you are watching this March 31 mid-week devotion. I want to extend a greeting to those of who are joining in today, however you found us, welcome! My name is Pastor Mel, I trust you find this space comforting, refreshing and safe as we continue to journey through life together.

Let us share in our Lenten Prayer

Jesus, bless what you have given,

Help our appreciation of all that we have received.

Feed our souls again on this day with bread from heaven.

We invite You to be within our hands, and mouths and hearts.

Guide and lead us on our Lenten journey. Amen

Now, Lord, be with us as we pray the words which you have given to us;

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth As it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, For ever. Amen.

SCRIPTURE – John 19:28-30

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

May God add a blessing to the reading and hearing of the Word.

DEVOTION: “One Step”

As of March 31, I will have received both doses of my Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination. I guess you could say I am fully shot. I feel good about getting the vaccine, I want to do my part in stopping the spread of this virus. Getting vaccinated is hopefully part of the end of the pandemic. The end of the pandemic means the beginning of something new.

Now is the time to begin rebuilding and retooling our worship services, small groups, Bible Studies, Sunday school, and maybe even meal sharing in the church as well as fellowship hour. So much work is yet to be done. So, I don’t look at the vaccine as the end, I look at it like the beginning.

The same as I look at Jesus ministry at the crucifixion. When Jesus said it is finished, he meant the earthly, physical part of his mission. The overall mission is still ongoing, one part may be finished for Jesus, but for you and I, we are still in the midst of our work.

In a way, the cross was our vaccine. It helped set us free from the virus of sin and death, but we are not finished, in some ways we are still beginning. My covid vaccine does not make me bulletproof, but it does give me confidence. The same as Jesus grace should give us confidence to do the work set before us, despite knowing we may still sin.

At some point we will all need to go back to the pre-covid life. The same as the disciples needed to come out from hiding and get busy building the church Jesus had left them. Thankfully, your church has come out of the past 12 months intact. It has suffered some setbacks for sure, but we are not finished, we still has ministry to share.

We should look forward to the challenges of rebuilding because we know that God is with us and feeding our confidence. Every rebuilding scenario begins with one step. Today, I ask each of you, what can your one step be? What one step can you take to help bring back a vibrant and full faith experience at your church?

The church that Jesus gives us was left to all, not to one. You are among the all and you have a voice when it comes to the direction of your church. Let me hear from you on what your one step thoughts are.
I want to hear your excitement. One way you can help me bring back a fuller faith experience is by volunteering to serve your church. This has been a tough year in many ways and Centenary is currently left with a number of leadership positions vacated. Before you say no, come and see me and let’s talk about your one step.

It’s when we add all those steps together that we begin to hear the rumbling sounds of tremendous movement. God has paid the price for us to be free and is inviting each of us to take one step, so let’s get walking, jogging or even running!

May God’s peace be with you until we meet again, stay safe and God bless.