Daily Update - Wednesday March 18, 2020

Take a Breath

Rev. Alexis leads us through the current tough times reminding us to breath and leading us in prayer.

Today's Devotion from Rev. Mark

Currently, I’m sitting at home working on planning Sunday music for the next couple weeks. As I’m looking into the future, I was reminded of our Lenten sock drive for Micah House and Longfellow Elementary. The idea of collecting socks was meant to be tied into the theme of footwashing on Maundy Thursday. In fact, I had scheduled a special guest from Micah House for this special worship service during Holy Week. The hope was to present the fruits of our labor while exploring themes of service and unconditional love.

For on that night, Jesus said to his disciples, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35).

In an effort to strengthen our relationship and partnership with Micah House, Rev Alexis and I had a tour scheduled this week with hopes that new connections might form. Needless to say, this has been put on hold. In the face of COVID-19, a lot of plans and hard work has been thrown into disarray. Quite honestly, this has left me a bit heartbroken and discouraged.

But the GOOD NEWS is that we worship an unstoppable God; the incarnate Light of the World. While some ministries have been put on hold, others are already forming. Likewise, the future needs of Micah house will not cease to exist and we will have additional opportunities in the future. May we both be humbled and flexible in the face of what God asks from us in the moment. May we be willing to listen to the still small voice and follow in faith and trust.

Today what I am asking is that we be specifically in prayer for the staff and residents of Micah house. At the moment, prayer can be our most powerful response. Prayer can connect us both to the Ground of Being and people we don’t even know! Prayer beseeches God to act on our behalf in new and powerful ways. May the Prince of Peace shine a light and provide a sense of hope in the most hopeless and anxiety producing situations. May our love be felt even without audible words or physical presence. And may we experience the full mystery of these wondrous experiences.

My hope today is that you will join your pastors in an earnest time of prayer; for Micah House, for Longfellow Elementary, for our school districts, for our local, state, and national leadership, for the Eternal Light to shine amidst the darkness.

May it be so,
Amen.
Rev Mark Johnson

Current Serice Opportunities

Lunch Distribution at Longfellow Elementary

Monday through Friday from  10:45 am – 1:00 pm.

Lunch servers needed to run sack lunches from kitchen staff to cars.  Fridays will include delivering weekend meal kits.

Currently scheduling through March 31st but we expect this will be extended.  Sign up here.

Donations needed for weekend meal kits.

Council Bluffs churches are working together to collect food for weekend meal kits.  City Lights Church is accepting items from this list today, March 18th until 10:00 pm.

If you want to contribute but are uncomfortable or at risk visiting public places, you can give online to the Pastors’ Fund.