O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.
As our community and congregation prepares for Hurricane Irma, we recognize many of you have boarded up your homes, have been evacuated or left the area and others have decided to remain home. We know some of you are first responders and have and will aid others. Bless you. We also know many of you are frightened and overwhelmed. Remember that though we are apart, we are together in spirit and God is always with us. Rogers and Hammerstein wrote the song You’ll Never Walk Alone and the lyrics say, “When you walk through a storm, walk on with hope in your heart for you’ll never walk alone.” Have hope, have faith and reach out if you’re afraid and find comfort in knowing you are not alone.
It is of upmost importance that all of you are safe and if you need assistance or know of a neighbor that is struggling, please call the authorities. We will be calling and checking on as many as we can, but please feel free to text, call or email a staff member and let us know you are ok after the storm passes. We will try to gather volunteers to help those in need when the storm passes.
You already know Sunday worship is cancelled and we will continue to update on the web as we are able and attempt to open the chapel next week and offices.
Last, we want to leave you with a thought and a prayer. God does not make hurricanes or bad things happen, God makes people that help each other when bad things happen. We know you are all people who act as instruments of God’s grace, mercy and love. You have been, and will be, light beams in this storm.
When I am afraid, comfort me with the knowledge you are there.
When darkness comes, grant me the ability to see the light,
shining from the kindness of a stranger,
the care of a friend,
the knowledge that I am not alone.
Grant that I find the strength to walk through any fear,
Seeking and then finding faith again, and again, and again.
Knowing always your grace, your goodness, your mercy will be present
if I look beyond the storm.
Grant that I may be a bearer of light to all who seek illumination.
Hear my prayer, dear Lord.
God bless you and keep you safe,
Rob and Barbara