Mar 27, 2022
Good morning New Street Family,
We are all familiar with old cliche, "the only thing certain is death and taxes (April 15th!)". Pastor Dee-Ann reflects on our mortality and the uncertainty of death. That is: When we will face death, how we will live in despite the inevitability of death, and what is beyond death? Our special music today, “Jesus Died Upon the Tree” is performed by the New Street UMC Chancel Choir with a flute accompaniment played with virtuosity by Beth Brennan.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” John 11:25-26(CEB)
In your love, O God, we are never lost. In your care, O Christ, we are ever found. Help us feel this truth in our very bones, for we are often far from home, and unsure of how to return. Teach our shut-up hearts to embrace your hope. Teach our shriveled souls to cry out to you. For we long to taste the glory of your heavenly banquet, and we yearn to be held in your arms as beloved children. Amen.
Hold fast to these words of assurance: “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away!”
Sisters and brothers, let us stand firm in Christ. Let us trust God’s promises in all things and take shelter in the Spirit’s loving arms in challenging times. Go in peace, to love and serve the world.
I hope you enjoy this week's online service. Please share it with family and friends. Blessings!
Pastor Dee-Ann Dixon
New Street United Methodist Church | Shepherdstown Church
Online Worship Service | Rev. Dee-Ann Dixon