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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – July 5, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – July 5, 2020

Good morning Sunnyside Community Church,

What exalts a nation?

That is the question that we will be addressing from God’s Word as we gather for worship today.  Whether you are able to join in person or online, I pray that the Lord will encourage your heart and enrich your mind with His truth to refresh you and equip you for faithful sojourning in the week ahead.  We also look forward to gathering around the Lord’s Table to remember His death and the work that He has done for our salvation.

As we gather, we will continue to encourage the wearing of masks during our informal times of mingling fellowship.  For the sake of those who are particularly vulnerable we want to take precautions.  Once we have settled in our places for the service, feel free to remove your mask.  The spacing is adequate and the situation of the tables is such that masks are not really necessary.

With the increased concern over rising numbers of confirmed case of covid-19 the days ahead are uncertain with respect to any opening up to larger numbers at our gatherings.  We will just have to be patient and wait to see what happens.  Meanwhile, we continue as we have been doing.

May the Lord encourage you as your live before Him this week.  May His Word feed your soul.  May His Spirit empower you in heart and mind for faithfulness to Christ.  May He equip you with wisdom for every responsibility and opportunity.

Sojourning together with you,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 28, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 28, 2020

“Jesus Christ is the grace of God to the saints.”

 

Good morning Sunnyside Community Church,

I trust you are rejoicing in the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness; that the joy of the Lord is your strength; that your heart is encouraged in the truth of His love to us in Christ.

As I mentioned in the Friday update, we will be observing the requirement that has come from the Governor’s office regarding wearing masks in all public buildings.  According to the description of “public building” churches do qualify as such.  So, we encourage you to wear a mask during our open, fellowship times in which we are mingling freely amongst one another.  However, once we settle into the service time, with people disbursed at the various tables, feel free to remove your mask if you want to. The spacing is sufficient that masks are not really necessary and it is difficult (impossible) to sing properly with a mask on.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this challenge.

A BIG thank you to the work crew that showed up at the church to help with the bark-dust project.  Many hands make light work and we enjoyed the time of fellowshipping with one another. Thanks again.

We have many members of our fellowship who need our prayers.  Thank you for continuing to lift up our church family faithfully.

2 Corinthians 13:14—“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Sojourning together with you,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 21, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day!

Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

Happy Father’s to all the men of our church family.  Whether you are a father or not this is a day to honor the men who have influenced our lives and to recognize that each of us as men have the opportunity to be a father-like figure to those that God has brought into our lives, modeling for them what it looks like to follow Christ and, as we have opportunity, to mentor them, encouraging them and challenging them in the way.

As you are most likely aware, as of the Governor’s statement on Thursday Clackamas County is now linked together with Washington and Multnomah Counties with respect to the reopening process which means we are back at the beginning of phase 1.  As a result, we will be continuing with our weekend gatherings as is for at least the next three weeks.  We will be having the three gathering times, Saturday evening and two Sunday morning times.  And, as a friendly reminder, it will be really helpful if you can respond ASAP to let us know that you are planning to attend.

Please continue to pray for our elderly and shut-ins.  These weeks are dragging on and it’s easy to get disheartened.  Pray the Lord to meet His people in His Word and by His Spirit to encourage them and to strengthen and rejoice their hearts in the truth. We also need to remember our missionaries as they labor under these extraordinary circumstances.

May the Lord richly bless you with joy as you walk with Him this week,

Sojourning together with you,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 14, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – June 14, 2020

Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

I trust that, as you rise to this Lord’s day, your mind and heart are encouraged in God’s faithfulness and goodness, that His Word has been an encouragement to you over the past week and that you are rejoicing in His mercies to you in Christ.  We are grateful for God’s goodness to us and for His sustaining power as we continue sojourning toward the eternal land of promise.

We were anticipating the possibility that by next weekend we might be able to gather as an entire church family as Clackamas County graduated into Phase 2 of the reopening process.  But such will not be the case.  As of Thursday, the Clackamas County officials pushed the pause button due to a recent rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19.  They are waiting for information from the Oregon Health Authority before proceeding.  So, we await word from them.  So, stay tuned.

With some of our church family out of town and others away for other reasons, there are only two gathering times for this week.  I know that some are hesitant to come because they don’t want to be a burden by adding to the numbers so that we are required to go to three gathering times.  I really want to encourage you to consider coming; we don’t want you to not come because you don’t want to be a burden.  You are not being a burden.  We are glad to have you come.  We are glad to see you and, as we have all become a little more aware, joining together for worship and fellowship is precious and important.  So, if you are comfortable being out and about, please come.  This whole arrangement won’t last forever, and the Lord is sufficient to see us through.

We continue to pray for the various physical needs within our Church family and for those who are shut-in.  And, for all of these, we pray the Lord to encourage their minds and hearts with His truth and to grow them in their walk with Him through this.

As was mentioned last Sunday, there are some outside projects at the church building that are available for anyone who would like to help.  The outside of the windows need to be washed and there is some weed-whacking that needs to be done.  Thank you to all who have helped with Spring cleanup in the building.

This would have been the week that our young men went off to the Philippines.  Unfortunately, they had to postpone their trip.  But we pray that the Lord will open up the opportunity for them to go at some point in the future.  Please pray for the Lord’s direction as they pursue a refund on their airfare.

Because of the virus shut down the summer Bible camp has been canceled for this year.  We are still looking at having our VBS in the middle of July, depending on the comfort level of parents to send their children.  If you are a parent or you know parents who may be interested in sending their children to VBS, we would be interested in hearing from you to get a sense of what people are thinking and whether we should proceed.

May the Lord enrich your mind and heart with His truth as we worship together today.  May He encourage you with instruction from His Word and empowering by His Spirit for faithful sojourning this week.

Journeying with you,

Pastor Guy

Steps For Life 2020

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Steps For Life 2020
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Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

I hope and pray you are all doing well and managing through this difficult time we are in and trusting God through it all. I miss seeing everybody every Sunday, worshipping together, fellowshipping, and being fed the Word as a church body in the presence of one another.  Pastor and family are doing a wonderful job supplementing our routine every week to stay connected, not to mention Brent with his exceptional IT skills to make it possible and Julie’s faithfulness putting all the communication pieces together for us. A big “THANK YOU” for it all and giving us a sense of togetherness in today’s world that is full of isolation.

Fundraising at the best of times can be intimidating. Even more so in the middle of a pandemic! Asking people to give in times like this may feel daunting, or even insensitive. In the midst of uncertainty, our natural response is to pull in and hunker down. And, for the sake of our vulnerable neighbors, we are being asked to do exactly that.

At the same time, we know that generosity is an antidote to anxiety. It unlocks our joy and shifts our attention to the generosity of God in Christ toward a world He loves. We are already seeing this crisis inspire incredible acts of courage and self-giving.

The “why” of giving is never clearer than in a crisis. There is a continued crisis/need every moment of every day, even during this pandemic. We have to remember the unborn lives that are at risk constantly.

“Steps For Life” gives us that opportunity to shift our focus from all the uneasiness we may feel and show our love of Christ to the ongoing need of the unborn through giving to the “Pregnancy Resource Centers” where women get the chance to see their baby on an ultrasound and choose life because of it, where the broken who need to know forgiveness and healing from a past abortion decision go through the biblical recovery group “The Heart”, and for those who have experienced sexual brokenness and need to know Jesus through “The Reality Project”. These three programs through First Image focus to not only encourage women to choose life, but to minister and guide the lost to choose JESUS, then impacting their lives and the lives of the unborn today and the ones God already knows because HE is great!

Even though there will not be a community walk/run event this year as in years past due to our current circumstances, there will be a webcast on May 23rd at 10am followed by your personal walk/run with your family AND the fundraiser is going on now!! I have created a church team titled SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY CHURCH. I think this is the easiest way to let everybody have the opportunity to get involved and/or donate!

To start, simply go to https://fundraise.first-image.org/event/steps-for-life-run-walk-2020/e271178 and choose “register today” or “sponsor a participant”. If you want to register to fundraise and be eligible for prizes, choose “join a team”, choose our church name, choose a walk or run (there is not a charge), follow the prompts and fill out the form. Let the fundraising begin! At this point you call, text, IM, Facebook, Instagram, etc. OR whatever you kids are doing these days to reach out and encourage your friends and families to support you in supporting this great cause!

To simply make a donation after going to the same link, choose “sponsor a participant”, choose our church name, follow the prompts and fill out the form. If you don’t have access to a computer and want to donate, please contact me).  You can also encourage friends and family to support the cause and send them the link to donate, just tell them how! There are no limitations on giving!

I really do encourage you to pray about this and donate as you are led. Thank you for your support in the cause and making it a success! Stay safe and healthy!

                                                                                                Blessings,

                                                                                                Angel Powell

STEPS FOR LIFE 2020

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matt 25:40

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 12, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 12, 2020

He is Risen!

He is Risen indeed!

Greetings dear ones, on this glorious resurrection morning.

I trust that, in His unfailing faithfulness, the Lord is encouraging your mind and heart with His truth.  We thank Him for His continued goodness.  We thank Him for the wonderful Spring weather.  Who’s not ready for some sunshine and warm temperatures?  The blossoms are beautiful, and I especially enjoy hearing the birds singing and the doves cooing; all signs of God’s wisdom and goodness.

I trust that the Lord is using the services to enrich your hearts and encourage you.  Thank you for your expressions of appreciation.  It does encourage us (it’s kind of like standing at the door after the service, shaking hands and visiting briefly).  May the Lord bless His Word to the edification of your soul.

As far as we know, this is going to continue on into May, so we will all keep on keeping on.  The men’s Monday morning ZOOM prayer meetings and the ladies Thursday evening ZOOM session continue.  I encourage you to jump into that, if you haven’t already.  Just so you all know, the youth group has also been “meeting” each Wednesday, via ZOOM. 

Thank you for all your continued efforts to reach out to one another, to pray, and to support the church’s ministry financially.  May the Lord bless you with joy in your serving.

May the Lord bless you as you live in His presence this week.  May He enrich your mind and heart with His word, empower your faithfulness by His Spirit, and lead you in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 5, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – April 5, 2020

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

—Zechariah 9:9

Dear Sunnyside Community Church,

Blessed Palm Sunday, to one and all.  Today we commemorate our Lord’s celebrated entrance into the City of Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion; that entrance by which He presented himself, unmistakably, to be the Messiah, the Son of David, the Fulfiller of the Prophets words.  I trust that the Lord will encourage you with the glorious reality of which that entrance speaks, not only of Jesus being the Messiah, but, of God’s redemptive plan and purpose accomplished in and through this Messiah; of the reality that we have hope in the face of all our challenges because the Savior has come, the King has arrived, the Victory is secured.

We thank the Lord for His continued faithfulness and the confidence we have from His word that he will never leave us, nor forsake us, and that He is sufficient for everything that concerns us.  I trust His word continues to be your daily bread and that prayer is a place of encouragement for your own mind and heart and ministry in the lives of others as we uphold one another before God’s gracious throne. 

One thing that we are especially thankful for this morning is that THE NO PARKING SIGNS ARE UP; THE TRUCKS ARE GONE! As everyone knows, this has been an on-going concern for a couple years now.  But this last week, an ODOT crew came through and installed the signs prohibiting the parking of any vehicle 7’ or taller.  We thank the Lord for this answer to prayer.  We thank the officials at the Oregon Department of Transport for responding to our concerns and requests.  And, we thank all of you who took action on this issue, writing letters, sending emails, making phone calls.

Please continue to pray for the general encouragement of our church family, and indeed, for all God’s people, as this situation continues on.  Pray the Lord to uphold our hearts in peace and joy in Christ as we endure this extended time of being separated.  The Lord is teaching us just how precious our comings together are, whether as a congregation or one with another.

Pray the Lord’s blessing on all the efforts that are being made to carry on the work of His church; all the efforts being made by local churches to continue ministering to their members and to their communities.  Pray that the preaching of God’s word, however that is carried out, would be effective for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.

Pray for the leaders of our nation; for the President and Vice President, for governmental leaders at all levels, for health officials, for one and all charged with the responsibility to give leadership to our nation in this time.  Pray for wisdom and discernment in making the momentous decisions that they are called upon to make; for the encouragement and strength of their hearts and minds to bear up under this protracted situation.  Pray that the Lord would work in their hearts to direct them to acknowledge Him in all their ways.

Thank you, one and all, for your continued, faithful support of one another.  I continue to be encouraged as I hear of people connecting with one another, reaching out to check on one another and help however they can.  I appreciate the cards and texts that you have sent to me and to our family.  They encourage us greatly. 

Also, thank you for your continued faithfulness in sending in your contributions.  The Lord has bountifully supplied this last month.  We thank Him and we thank you.

Thank you to all who have been seeing to the cleaning of the church building.  We appreciate your faithful and conscientious service.

As you are well aware, I’m sure, the restrictions on gathering have been extended, at least, until the end of April.  So, at least for this next month, we will not be gathering, but will continue to be posting our Sunday morning worship service online. 

Some “gatherings” do continue, however.  The men’s Monday morning prayer group has been gathering via ZOOM. We will be meeting again tomorrow.   There was quite a group of ladies that “met” Thursday evening and enjoyed a time of sharing and prayer. It’s great to see these things happening.  If you would like to be a part of these meetings and do not know how, please reach out to Julie or myself.

One thing I want to let you know about.  On Friday we will be posting a “Good Friday Service.” The focus will be on the events surrounding and including our Lord’s Crucifixion.  There will be music and Scripture reading and a short message.  This is an opportunity for you to spend some time reflecting on this most crucial event that is the keystone of the Christian faith. 

Again, I want to express my appreciation for those who have taken on additional work during this time to help facilitate the on-going life of our church family.  Thank you to Julie Urback and to Brent Stapleton for their extra efforts.

May the Lord bless you with peace and joy and hope in the week ahead.  May He grant you wisdom in all your responsibilities and opportunities.  May you know the encouragement of His Word and the empowering of His Spirit to walk faithfully with Him.  May He empower you so that in every respect our Lord may be glorified in and through your life.

In the Love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 29, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 29, 2020

Psalm 89:5-8—”Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you?

Good morning beloved,

I trust the Lord continues to enrich your minds and hearts with His truth and to rejoice you with His loving-kindness and faithfulness. His goodness is evident all around us in the bursts of new life that we see during these early days of spring.

I’ve mentioned before that there is a grove of cottonwood trees along the route I walk. They give off the sweetest fragrance as the first begin to bud. Well, they began to bud this week and every time I walk by I can’t help but thank the Lord for this little witness to the sweetness of His kindness and goodness. The blossoms are in full array along the street up by Vern Duncan Elementary school and the red-winged black birds are in full throat in the water reserve down behind Rock Creek Middle School. All of these are demonstrations of the goodness of the Creator.

I trust you are bearing up under the restrictions imposed because of the virus. At the present, we continue to honor these, which means, there will be no gatherings at the church or with any of our ministries. It is important that we set the example and, also, demonstrate love for our neighbor by abiding by these limitations.

In the midst of these restrictions, we thank the Lord for technologies that enable us to continue to “meet”. The ladies enjoyed a great time “together” on Thursday via ZOOM, the conferencing app. Another meeting is planned for this coming Thursday evening. So, if there are any others who would like to be a part of that you can check with Julie or Geni. It does require a Smartphone or a computer and access to the internet so not everyone may be able to participate. But, there’s always the good old fashion telephone =).

Thank you to all who have been sending in or dropping off their contributions. That is very much appreciated. You can either mail them to the church’s address or drop them off at the church. Our mailbox is secured so there is no concern about that and I am at the church most mornings so you can also drop it by. If you come and I’m not there, just drop it off at the parsonage. If you would prefer to have it picked up, just let Julie know and we would be happy to do so. Once again, thank you.

Thank you to each and every one for your faithfulness in staying in touch with one another and encouraging one another. I’m encouraged when I see or hear that happening. It’s a sign of spiritual health and maturity in a church body when the members are reaching out to one another in that way. Keep on keeping on!

Please continue to pray for the many in our congregation needing prayer, as well as for our Missionaries.

I trust that the music and message for today encourages you and helps to equip you for the week ahead. Our God is enthroned in the heavens and His dominion rules over all things. He is the Master of every situation, including this one. His steadfast love is sure, never changing. And we can anchor in that truth and share it with those around us, so many of whom are anxious and have no place to really turn.

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 23, 2020

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Sunnyside Community Church Ministry Update – March 23, 2020

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all you iniquity, who heals all your deceases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and faithfulness, who satisfies you with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”—Psalm 103:1-3

Here is a call to the innermost depths of our being to speak out in praise to God in view of the glory of His being as manifest in His works; particularly, in His works of redemption.  Out from the very root of our being there erupts blessing to God; an eruption of blessing evoked by the incomprehensible wonder and beauty of who and what He is; the incomprehensible wonder and beauty of perfect goodness—benevolence, patience, forbearance, grace, mercy; perfect wisdom—only, always, ever doing what is wise and good; doing what is best; perfect power—effecting, flawlessly, all his good purposes; acting in kindness toward us so that we find ourselves fully satisfied; our inner being fully provided for, our mind and heart at rest; full peace.  In view of such blessings, bestowed by such a One, the call to bless Him is appropriate.

I pray that the Lord will encourage your heart anew today in the truth of His goodness, His wisdom, His power;

As we look to the week ahead, more changes are coming.  The Governor is expected to issue a state-wide stay-at-home order later today.  This will mean the shutdown of even more business and services.  Obviously it means that we will be continuing with our adjusted approach to the life of our church family.  We will continue to send out regular updates to pass along pertinent information to keep people informed.  Thank you for all that you are continuing to do to stay in touch and to reach out.

Some of us men “met” for prayer this morning via Zoom.  Brent and Travis and I met for about forty minutes and it was a real blessing to see faces and hear voices.  We are looking to set something up for this Thursday at 6:00am.  So men, if you have a smartphone, you can download the basic Zoom app from the app store, register and you’ll be all set to join us for prayer on Thursday.  If you do register, please send your email to Julie so that she can send out a list for the other guys to add to their Zoom contacts.  If you do that in the next day or so, then Brent can send you an email with a link that will take you directly to our 6:00 meeting.  It’s really slick.

Just so the ladies don’t feel left out, Geni is working on putting something together for Thursday evening; she’ll be in touch.

For those who don’t have the ability to link up via Zoom there is still the simple phone call.  Eric and I “met” via telephone last week to read God’s Word together and it great. 

I trust that yesterday’s message was an encouragement to you (linked below).  In these extraordinary times, God is not drawing back from what He has purposed to accomplish in and through His creation; His Kingdom purposes are advancing, both in their breadth and in their depth. God is growing you. The challenges that confront us are His instrument to work that growth and we can count them nothing but joy as we understand that their end is to perfect me in Christ-likeness; the goal of the code by which we live as those who hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Keep on keeping on!

In the love of Christ,

Pastor Guy

How Do You Honor Such A One?

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How Do You Honor Such A One?

Friday, March 20, 2020

How do you honor someone who is completely trustworthy; someone who is perfectly reliable; perfectly faithful; perfectly true?  How do you pay tribute to that truthfulness, that faithfulness, that reliability, that trustworthiness? 

How do you honor someone who is completely capable; who has the capability to deal with the challenge/ challenges of your situation; someone who understands it completely; who has complete understanding and insight; who has perfect wisdom to know what your situation involves, what it requires and how you should respond; someone who has the power, who has the strength to handle your situation and to enable you to deal with it; who can strength you, enabling you to meet the demands of what you are facing? 

How do you honor someone who is not only trustworthy and capable, but who is also perfectly interested and concerned; who is attentive to you in your situation, always; who is always available to you; whose ear is always listening; whose eye is always watching; whose mind is never forgetful; who is always perfectly aware of you?

How do you honor such a One?

You honor them by drawing upon their trustworthiness.  You honor them by ALWAYS entrusting to them with EVERY situation that you face; by PERSISTENTLY relying on their reliability; by CONTINUALLY putting the FULL weight of your dependence and confidence on their capability; on their understanding and insight and wisdom; on their strength.  You honor them by NEVER keeping ANYTHING back; by making EVERY need known to them; by casting EVERY burden upon them;  You honor them by ALWAYS calling upon them; by CONTNIUALLY bringing yourself to their attention; stepping into their line of vision, as it where, so that they see you.  You honor them by ALWAYS availing yourself of their perfect availability. That’s how you honor such a One.

And, Our God IS such a One!  Our God is PERFECTLY trustworthy.  He is the perfection of trustworthiness; of faithfulness and truth.  Our God gives meaning to these virtues; He defines them.  Trustworthiness, faithfulness and truth, are what God is. 

Our God is perfectly capable; the perfection of capability; perfect knowledge; perfect insight; perfect wisdom; perfect power; perfect strength; perfectly able to enable. 

Our God is perfectly reliable; the perfection of reliability; always listening; always watching; always mindful; always perfectly interested and concerned.

Our God is perfectly trustworthy.  And we honor Him in His trustworthiness by trusting in that trustworthiness, completely, continually.

Deuteronomy 32:4—”The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.

Psalm 34:15-18—“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

Joshua 1:5—“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.

Psalm 139:1-12—“O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Matthew 11:28-30—“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

1 Peter 5:6-7—“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Psalm 23:1-6—”The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Guy