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Good Morning MVC - May 13th

by Pastor Pete on May 13, 2020
Good Morning MVC,

I would like to share with you changes in our communications and programming in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. This will be the last week of "Good Morning MVC" updates Monday through Friday. Starting next week, the Facebook Live and follow-up emails will go out on Tuesdays and Thursdays. David and Joe will rotate Tuesdays and Sarah and Kami will rotate Thursdays. 

Tomorrow night, David Miles will host a Facebook Live prayer gathering at 7pm, but Prayer & Praise led by MVC Worship will be once a month, the 2nd Thursday of the month, for June through August. By making this shift, Rob will be able to get back to leading Thursday night rehearsals with our awesome volunteer musicians, singers and tech team. Additionally, we have decided to suspend the Sunday after worship Zoom gatherings for the time being...We're all pretty tuckered out after service!

Sunday worship livestream will continue every week at 10:45am. I am excited to welcome Joe back to the pulpit this Sunday to preach on Revelation 21. Just three more sermons in our Revelation: More than Conquerors series-- our last one will be May 31, Pentecost Sunday! 

During this morning's Facebook Live I shared a brief devotion on Psalm 121. This is one of 15 psalms in a collection known as Psalms of Ascents (Psalm 120-134). These poems are organized into three sets of five psalms and were sung by God's people in ancient times as they made pilgrimages up to Jerusalem for holy feasts. Psalm 121 is intended to instill confidence in those making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to worship. 

I always smile when I look up the mountains around us, especially when Mt. Rainier is out. But the mountains in ancient Israel were dangerous: there were bandits lurking, wild animals hunting, and sometime even pagan temples tempting God's people to follow false gods. So the psalmist looks up at those dangers along the journey and asks, "Where does my help come from?" And the answer is clear, "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." The psalms proceeds to write of the ways the Lord keeps us safe in our discipleship journey. I pray this psalm encourages you and gives you confidence in your next spiritual step: our God is our Maker, our Keeper, our Protecter and our Shepherd! He is ever-watching over you, your family and your church family through this crisis and always. It's been our joy to walk more closely with you over the past nine weeks to provide greater encouragement during these strange days. And although we need to dial back a bit we will continue to encourage you and give you confidence in the Lord in the days to come. 

Psalm 121
A song of ascents.

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

4 indeed, he who watches over Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

6 the sun will not harm you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—

    he will watch over your life;

8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going

    both now and forevermore.

-Pastor Pete