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410-433-4811        office@nativitycomforter.org         January 13, 2021

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That is the number of deaths due to COVID-19 yesterday. If you remember 2,996 people died on September 11, 2001. The grief is too much to comprehend. We pray for those who have lost loved ones, those still infected, those who will be, and those amazing heroes doing research and treatment.

Our President was also just impeached for the second time. Watching our country implode is heart-wrenching to say the least.

And so when we read Psalm 37 in during our Wednesday morning Healing Service this morning, I was caught off guard. The fourth verse says "Take delight in the LORD, and he shall give you your heart's desire." I'm finding it hard to find delight, anywhere. I'd like to point fingers at many people and groups and organizations and yes, even at God.


But the Psalmist says "Take delight in the Lord." So I've spent the rest of the day looking to God for delight. And lo and behold I've seen it in several places, and I know I will see it in the Confirmation Class that will soon gather with me on Zoom.
 
But I share my greatest image of delight and joy, and that is Pastor Don and his duck Darryl. I'm so glad I captured this picture on Sunday when we celebrated Jesus' Baptism Day and our own. We can delight in humor and puppets even when the world and even our health is crumbling around us. We can delight in the waters of baptism that receive us when we are buried with Christ and refresh us when we are raised to new life. 

In the midst of our trials and tribulations, look around for delight. Put your trust in God and keep doing the next good thing. For verse five says if we do put our trust in God, God will bring it to pass. This day and yesterday and tomorrow and next week will come to pass. And God will continue to delight in us, for we are God's beloved children's created out of an abundance of love. May we have the grace to act like it, and and extend that grace to everyone we encounter.

I hope to see you at Compline tonight. Do make sure to join us for Sunday's service remembering the life and witness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. And find some time to be still before the Lord, and take good care of yourselves. You are beloved. 


Wednesday Night Live @ 7:30 pm
Compline Evening Prayers and Conversation

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.
Sam Dowding leads us in our conversation.
 
Psalm 37: 1-10
 
Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; 
    do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
 
For they shall soon wither like the grass, 
    and like the green grass fade away.
 
Put your trust in the LORD and do good; 
    dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
 
Take delight in the LORD, 
    and he shall give you your heart's desire.
 
Commit your way to the LORD and put your trust in him, 
    and he will bring it to pass.
 
He will make your righteousness as clear as the light 
    and your just dealing as the noonday.
 
Be still before the LORD 
    and wait patiently for him.
 
Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, 
    the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
 
Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; 
    do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
 
For evildoers shall be cut off, 
    but those who wait upon the LORD shall possess the land.
The Church office will be closed for in person visits for the month of January. If you need something from the office, please call or email us to make arrangements. Carolyn and I will be here regularly, but we want to be making the wisest decisions for all involved. If you do not get one of us on the phone, please do leave a message. We get those on our email, and we'll respond as soon as possible. If you have donations for the food pantry, just leave them on the ramp entrance, and we'll get them delivered.

 
P.S. I'd like to restart our email prayer chain. If you feel called to intercessory prayer for members and friends, please email me

Here is a new statement from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the diocese.

Click here for a video message from the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton speaks here.

Watch a message from the Washington National Cathedral here.

Message from Bishop Sutton.
 
Delaware-Maryland Synod King Commemoration
On Sunday, January 17 at 3pm, there will be an opportunity for worship around scripture, prayer and song in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Gathered under the theme, Martin’s Dream: Earlene, Kamala and the Future, Pastor Laura Ingersol will be our speaker and many members of our synod will offer gifts as part of our worship. The gathering will be hosted on our synod’s Facebook and YouTube channel. We are grateful for the efforts of our Delaware-Maryland Synod Chapter of the African Descent Lutheran Association, our Synod’s Racial Justice Team, and CLAIM/Baltimore, who are sponsoring this year’s commemoration. The gathering will be available, on demand, after the premier at 3pm.


Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am
Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 
YouTube.



CARES Donations Needed

Please bring cereal, peanut butter, cooking oil, instant or regular coffee, Adult diapers for women and size 5-6 diapers for children. We are also collecting socks, sweatshirts and coats for those on the streets this Winter. If you are interested in volunteering, click this sign up link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090448aba92da31-cares
Thursday Evening Meditation Class
Our next meditation class will be a 45 minute Yoga Nidra on Thursday, January 7 at 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm. This will be a very relaxing meditation; turn off your video and listen to my voice. Yoga Nidra offers us many benefits and allows us to be more relaxed and better equipped to handle the difficulties in life. This class is offered to you free of charge. It is my way to give back to our Church community, while helping us all strengthen and unite together. To join the class please click on the hyperlink below under Join Zoom Meeting, you may be asked to enter a passcode: yoga Looking forward to spearheading this class and making it a class that we can all look forward to each week; where we will focus on our breath, bring our minds too stillness, so that we can go inward and feel the grace and peace that lies within us all.
Linda Mcgill
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 410 236 9650.  Passcode: yoga
One tap mobile +13017158592,,4102369650# 
Here are all the Zoom links for our online activities.
These links should remain the same each week.

Sunday Worship @ 10:30 am (NOT ON DECEMBER 27. SEE ABOVE)
Followed by Coffee Hour

Click here to join or call in +13017158592, 81549645294#.
You can also watch the live on 
YouTube.


Monday Chair Yoga @ 10:00 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 4102369650#
Leader: Linda Macgill, 410-235-3612 or 410-236-9650 or email.

Wednesday Healing Prayers @ 10:30 am
Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 87331904395#

Wednesday Night Live @ 7:30 pm
Compline Evening Prayers and Conversation

Click this link or call 1-301-715-8592 then enter 82573335080#.

Thursday Morning Bible Study @ 11:00 am
Click here to join  or call 1-929-205-6099 then enter 88586024640#
 
 

The Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA has worship here on this website. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland worships virtually at 11:00am at the Cathedral of the Incarnation. All services are cast on this worship page. Watch Washington National Cathedral's worship here.
 

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