From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Dear Activity Directors, Executive Directors, and other staff members,
We are praying for the health and wellbeing of you, your loved ones, and those you serve. SpiritCare's annual appreciation breakfast will be held via Zoom this coming Saturday at 9:00 a.m. While I am seeing some of you on Zoom (thank goodness!), some of you I have not seen in far too long, and some of you I have not even met. Please consider joining us if you can. It will be good to come together. (ED: By the time this got posted the breakfast is over but the carols we sang are below for you to play).
Scripture: John 14:27 New International Version
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid."
I return to this scripture time and time again. I need this reminder that yes, there are peaceful places in the world, but the peace the world offers comes and goes. This world is temporal. Our bodies are temporal. Jesus is telling us to look deeper if we want a lasting, steadfast peace. We must look in our hearts because that is where Christ resides. We can leave Christ buried there, or we can let that love and peace guide us all our lives and beyond. When we do that, that allows Christ to be known, not only to us, but in the world. We can be peace - yes, just as we are.
I came across "Of All the Spirit's Gifts to Me" today while perusing The Chalice Hymnal. It was written in 1979 by Fred Pratt Green. I am including the first and fourth verse.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ