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WATERBURY MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
1117 Utica Street, PO Box 747, Oriskany, NY 13424
Ph: 315.768.7502 www.waterbury-church.org
Sunday Worship ON HOLD UNTIL MARCH 7, 2021
THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE
LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT. Psalm 118:24
Hello Sisters and Brothers,
February brings the beginning of Lent, a time when we reflect upon who we are, how we live, strengthen our relationship with God, and prepare for the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This year we will not be physically together as the season of Lent starts. Although this may make us sad, I cannot help but think of another group that was separated but still felt the togetherness that Jesus provided.
Mark 6:7 says: “He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two” (NRSV)
Imagine for a moment that you are one of the twelve Disciples being sent away from the Lord of all. Imagine the feeling as you and one other disciple walk away from your family in Christ.
We can only speculate at how frightened and desperate we might feel except for one factor. Like the disciples, we have Jesus in our hearts, and we know he would not send us somewhere without reason. This does not mean it would be easy, that has never been the promise we receive, but it does mean that we are never alone. We are all connected through the one true Lord and Savior. The twelve disciples were connected then, as we are all connected now.
Some years ago, I wrote a song called “Hold His Hand.” It was a song about a youth coming of age and leaving home for college, newly separated from home and family. As I write this message to you, I am reminded of a line from that song. It goes: “I’ll hold on to Jesus’ left hand, if you’ll hold on to His right. And we’ll be bound by the Spirit, of our Father’s true light.”
No, we will not be together as lent begins, but I pray that you find peace knowing that we are all connected through Jesus no matter how far apart we are. And should you be feeling low, I suggest that you reach out your hand and take Jesus’, assured that your brothers and sisters in Christ are holding his other hand in love. And remember that, when it was time, the disciples all found their way back just as we will find our way back to worshiping together soon.
Peace be with you all,
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A FEW WORDS ABOUT OFFERINGS
Even though we are not meeting until March, your tithes and offerings are greatly needed to ensure that we come back to a healthy and active church. You can send your offering to: Deb Bonville
9169 Olin Road
Marcy, NY 13403
FEBRUARY’S MISSION IS
Rome Rescue Mission. (Please make your check payable to Waterbury Church, write the mission you are supporting on the memo line, and mail to Deb Bonville as noted above)
WATERBURY COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS (your contact people)
Missions, Karen Fournier
Buildings and Grounds, Len Pugh
Nominating, Bill Bonville
Worship, Karen Mesick
MUSIC NOTES FROM WATERBURY
Psalm 100:1 tells us to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth,” and Waterbury has a rich history of doing just that. But it is not just the history of music at Waterbury that is rich; there is a rich future for music as well. We invite you to join us and share the musical gifts God has bestowed upon you. If you sing, play an instrument, or just hum along with the tune, we hope that you will come and make a joyful noise in His honor!
The music of the month is a Gaither tune called “Give It Away”
You can enjoy this song on YouTube by putting Gaither Give It Away in the search bar or just click on the link below: