Last week I wrote about how we long for a snow day and our need for Sabbath. God provided the snow on Saturday and many could not get to church on Sunday, so we observed the number watching our live stream was larger than normal. I give thanks that everyone stayed safe and only those confident and able made it to worship. We even had a baptism at 11!
I just spent three days on retreat at Sawmill with the pastors from around Ohio. It is a time of Sabbath for those of us who work on Sunday and time to have others preach to us, absolve us of our sins and serve at the table for us. It was time to share ministry stories and have professors provide lectures. It falls just right after Christmas and before Lent and I drove home feeling renewed.
So, what did you do with your snow day last week? If you were stuck inside on Sunday did you tune in to our worship through our YouTube channel. Did you read scripture, and did you pray? Did you find a way to experience rest and Sabbath?
I don't see another French Toast Alert in the forecast but I do see some mighty frigid temperatures and I give thanks to God for your generosity is providing hats and gloves, food and food cards, socks and underwear. You are being the hands and feet of Jesus.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?' 40 And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.