Posted by: deercreekcharge | February 23, 2013

Let Your Hearts Take Courage

We will continue our Lenten journey this week focusing on Psalm 27 and how our own faith lives reflect its tension between praise and lament. Do you feel like your faith journey is not linear but rather peppered with doubt and faith, certainty and fear? You aren’t alone. Come join us for worship!

CHURCH HAPPENINGS

Help feed the Homeless at the Day Shelter (New Hope UMC, Edgewood) on the 3rd Friday of the month (MT) and 4th Monday of each month (DC): Feb. 25 (DC).

Knit/Crochet No experience needed— will teach! Meets at 7pm every 2nd and 4th Friday at Mt. Tabor. Next Meeting: February 22.

Deer Creek Choir Practice will be Wednesdays at 7pm. All are welcome!

Small Group Study! Monday at Deer Creek at 10am or Tuesday at Dunkin Donuts at 6pm. We’ll be talking about worship.

Lent Events:

  • Deer Creek’s Soup and Sandwich Dinner will be at 5pm TODAY. Proceeds to go to Pastor Shannon’s Haiti trip!

  • A Lenten Community Healing Service will be at Mt. Vernon UMC off 136 on Wed. March 6 at 12 pm and again at 7pm. If you need a ride, contact Pastor Shannon at 410-638-7856.

  • Mt. Tabor’s St. Patrick’s Dinnerwill be Thurs. March 14 from 5-6:30. All are welcome!

  • Christ in the Passover Meal at Centre UMC in Forest Hill on Sun. March 17 at 6pm. Come for an interactive exploration of the passover meal and what it means for us as Christians. If you need a ride, contact Pastor Shannon at 410-638-7856.

Holy Week services:

  • Sunday March 24: Palm Passion Sunday 9am at Deer Creek, 11am at Mt. Tabor.

  • Holy Thursday will be March 28 at Deer Creek at 7pm.

  • Good Friday will be March 29 at Mt. Tabor at 7pm.

  • Easter is Sunday, March 31. Keep your eyes open for more information to come.

Come journey through Holy Week with us!

Our Weekly Devotion:

In our small group study last week, we studied prayer. The “homework” for everyone was to either go home and write their own Psalm or to paraphrase a psalm. This is a poetic exploration of Psalm 27 Pastor Shannon found in her sermon preparation for the week, and she wanted to share it with you, to encourage you to engage scripture and God in this way. May this “re-write” of Psalm 27 help you read the Psalm anew. From Cheryl Ann Toliver’s website.

Psalm 27 by Cheryl Ann Toliver
*
The world’s gone mad!
Our God-given reason is overthrown
By our animal craving for blood.
My own desperate prayer for reason
Is stifled by overwhelming fear.
I see only the destruction our madness will bring in its wake –
Misery, poverty, hatred, despair, evil, chaos –
As the 21st century’s first decade disintegrates into insane war.
*
All that is good – morality, kindness, mercy, patience, compassion,
Self-control, forgiveness, wisdom – seems lost, forsaken.
We reject the Spirit’s power to act in our lives,
Exposing humanity’s ugly wretchedness without God’s grace,
And thus, we have damned ourselves.
*
How have we come to this hell?
When did we set out on this “inevitable” path?
Why can we find no other way?
What has blinded us to your grace, O! Holy God?
Where, O! Lord, is your salvation from this mad darkness?
Who but Thee can save us from ourselves?
*
I hear you cry out to us, Lord –
“Don’t be molded by the world, be metamorphosized!
Let your reasoning be completely, utterly new,
So you can comprehend what is good through my eyes.
Then you’ll understand that you need to bless those you hate,
Instead of inciting more evil and anger and hatred
By seeking to repay the evil done against you with more evil.
You can only overcome evil with good.
Goodness is the only weapon that can destroy evil.
It’s the only cure for your insanity and unending cycles of hatred and vengeance.”
*
So few hear you, Lord God.
Yet, in my despair, I hear your words of comfort –
“I am your hope, your salvation, your fortress.
Why are you afraid?
Evil may assail you, lay siege and make war against you,
But it will fail.
I am your shelter from trouble on the high ground.
You will one day walk before your enemies without fear or shame.”
*
So, Almighty God, Holy Lord,
In the midst of the world’s madness, whatever terror is to come,
You are with me.
You say, “seek me,” and I do seek Thee.
I will seek your grace amid our human wretchedness and evil
And I will yet live to see your good triumph.
*
Now help me to wait for you, Lord God.
Help me to be strong, to not be afraid, in the overwhelming madness,
So I may endure the coming metamorphosis.

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