Hi, friends. Pastor David here, this time coming to you from Billings, Montana, where I have been visiting my wife and family. All is well up here as far as everyone’s health. Montana seems to be about a couple of weeks behind Colorado as far as the spread and development of the virus, though it is catching up fast.
It now seems that we will not be getting together for in person worship for the month of April, so I want to say a couple of things. First of all, thanks to those of you who have been sending in your regular support for the ministries of the Heart of Longmont. Thanks to Rod Edmonds, our treasurer, for the update and encouragement he gave in a video sharing how important your continued support is for the church. You can set up direct deposit with your bank or make contributions to the church from your account. Or you can sign up for on-line giving through our own website: www.heartoflongmont.org, or you can mail in your check to the office at 350 11th Avenue, Longmont, Colorado 80501.
The other important thing I want to share with you is that since we cannot be in person for worship for a while, we will try to set up a “live, on-line worship experience” starting this Sunday, April 5 – Palm Sunday. We will be using ZOOM technology in order to do this. If you have a computer or smart phone you should be able to access these worship services. As we get closer to rolling this out, we will send links and instructions on how to connect up.
Our St. Vrain Church Circuit is still planning to do a virtual Good Friday service. Several of us pastors will be recording a meditation on one of the seven last words of Christ. These meditations, as well as music, will be complied into a video that all of us can see and watch. Again, we will send you information on how to view that Good Friday Service.
Let’s look at some scripture. Psalm 147 was written after the Babylonian exile. People were displaced. Cities and temple life experienced radical changes. Slowly people returned to Jerusalem and a new normal began. Hear these words:
1 Praise the Lord.
How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.
5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
6 The Lord sustains the humble
but casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;
make music to our God on the harp.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
Let us Pray…
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 forever. Amen.