8 Carlisle Court, York, PA US 17408
Service times: Sunday at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am
Hello COD, Pastor Bob here.
Back when I was in college, I went whitewater rafting with a bunch of friends on the Youghiogheny River. The river was high, running fast, very treacherous and because we had no guide, full of unexpected twists and turns. A few of us nearly lost our lives that day when we hit a rock, overturned and were thrown to the mercy of the churning waters. About one hundred yards later, after being sucked under the water and experiencing multiple cuts and bruises, we ended up in calmer waters. A few of us look back at that as one of the most harrowing experiences of our lives.
Today as individuals, a country, and a world, we find ourselves in similar waters. Many find themselves in great fear of catching this unseen virus, of losing their job, losing their life savings, or losing a family member. I confess, it’s easy to give into that kind of fear. But today as I was meditating on the book of Isaiah chapters 40-54, I was reminded that our God is a God who comforts and guides us with truth as we navigate these waters. Here are a few verses for your encouragement:
“He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…, The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth…, He gives strength to the weary…, those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…, Do not fear for I have redeemed you…, When you pass through the waters I will be with you…, Though the mountains be shaken and the hill be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed…, no weapon forged against you will prevail…”
During these days it’s easy to ask, “Where is God in all of this?” The answer is that He’s right where He’s always been, enthroned and ultimately in control, but also right here with us. The truth of the Easter season is that we don’t have a God far off, we have a God who has come right down into our mess, with His resurrection power, forgiveness, redemption, and grace!
This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, it’s the day we celebrate the coming of Jesus to Jerusalem which begins Passion Week, and ultimately culminates with Calvary and the Empty Tomb. Through our online service we’re going to sing songs of praise to our God of grace and glory. We’re also going to look at the Triumphal Entry of Jesus to Jerusalem from Luke 19:28-48. There we’ll talk together about the ways that Jesus enters our lives, what He wants to accomplish for us, and how we can respond. It’s going to be a powerful worship experience as we gather online.
Let me inform and encourage you with a few things:
Please do your best to stay healthy and safe. I look forward to worshipping with you on Sunday, and then later in the week on Good Friday!
God’s very best to you,