Pentecost Pictures, Bible Banter, and a Message from our Bishop

Pentecost Pics, Bible Banter,
And A Special Message from our Bishop

Good evening friends, and grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you’ve had a good week. I look forward to sharing worship with you this weekend: Pentecost Sunday!! We will send our usual Worship Preparation email tomorrow, which will include your digital bulletin as well as instructions on how to log in for the worship service and other related events.

Pentecost Pics
We’ve received a few pictures of our members and friends dressed in their Pentecost Red…but we need more!!! Please dress in red, take a quick picture, and either email it to us at either or to Pastor Jody by email at , or text it to Pastor Jody. David and I took our picture today (if you’re on Facebook, you can see it on our Song of Life FB page) and it took all of about 5 minutes!! So please please please…get out your red shirts (or dresses), grab your phone and send us your Pentecost Pic!!

Bible Banter
We also wanted to let you know about a new Zoom group that will start next week. We’re calling it “Bible Banter” and it will meet on Monday nights at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The link will be sent out before Monday night. This theological discussion group will begin with a reading from the Bible, followed by a short devotional, which will then be followed by group discussion. All are invited to join in the fun! Watch for the Zoom link info in the next few days.

And now…a Message from our Bishop
In light of the recent unrest, Bishop Bob released a special message that some of you may have seen. For those who haven’t seen it, I’m attaching it here. Among the Bishop’s requests for United Methodists in the Desert Southwest Conference:

  • Word is circulating that protests are being planned for communities in our Desert Southwest Conference….Let us turn our energy and attention to actions that I believe will contribute to a lasting change in our communities.
  • I URGE YOU TO PLEASE STAY HOME and do not participate in protest gatherings that  may erupt in violence.
  • Call on your legislative leaders to share your anger and frustration.
  • With the news that there has been an arrest of the perpetrator of the violence against George Floyd, encourage our leaders to promote justice for the victim and his family.
  • Join me in prayer for peace. Not the “do nothing and hope it goes away” peace; and not just “let those who have died rest in peace.” Instead, let us pray that we will confront our own prejudices and words and actions that may intentionally or unintentionally contribute to racism and pray that we will be a part of the solution for this sin that continues to plague us.
  • Live daily into our Desert Southwest Conference vision that proclaims that we are a courageous church, acting for justice.
Bishop Bob closed his message with the following prayer, that I invite you to pray right now:

God, our Creator, in these times of incredible anxiety and challenge, we offer a prayer that is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a prayer about another pandemic that has been a scourge on our human family for centuries. We pray for the end of violence and racism that persists and now threatens to envelope us in the evil of hatred and the sin of violence against other humans. Forgive us when we have allowed ourselves to be teased into believing that this sin is no longer. Help us to realize that we have not yet achieved what you have proclaimed, that all persons are created by you and loved by you. Give us the courage to speak and act for justice for all. We pray especially for our sisters and brothers of color and in the memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others. Amen.

 

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Jody