Worship Moments March 18

Last evening, the Leadership Team met via Zoom. Each person in their own home and all of us connected by the computer. It was the first time we met in this format and it will not be the last, in the weeks to come the Leadership Team will continue to meet in this way. Last evening Linda Prior offered the devotional which I share with you today.

We will be meeting as needed. News continues to circulate around COVID-19.

Trinity has been adhering to best practices including ensuring that hand-sanitizing stations are available at the entrances and frequent contact surfaces have been sanitized. A huge debt of gratitude to those who are accommodating the kind of healthy and safe environment that our church ought to be.

Frequent hand washing, proper techniques for coughing/sneezing, self-isolation if returning from an area with a known outbreak and choosing to remain home if you feel unwell are important and wise precautions—not only for our own health, but for the health of those who are most vulnerable at Trinity, and in our wider community.

We’re certainly in very new and unfamiliar circumstances – with COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic. The reality that local transmission of this disease is likely to happen is clearer than ever before.

We need to make decisions tonight, not out of fear. Rather, we need to make decisions out of love – love for our church family that could be exposed, love for the many who use Trinity throughout the week, love for Newmarket, where large gatherings are to be suspended for the purpose of public health, and love for healthcare professionals who are asking that we try to mitigate the spread of this virus to ensure they have capacity for all who need help.

Can we as the Leadership Team set an example by exhibiting a posture of love and generosity, as we choose to regularly check in on those who might feel especially isolated without the social opportunities church can provide, or as you offer to pick up groceries for a neighbour who is unable to leave their home. Trinity’s Care Team and the ministry staff are already making telephone calls. This is an opportunity to practice love in deep and meaningful ways.

In the coming days, we will hear news that might make us anxious.

If we feel alone, or isolated, know that we are not alone - reach out to a friend, a relative, someone from our Trinity family, or call Rev Linda. It is okay if you feel the need to talk, to pray about any fear or anxiety you may be feeling, or if you want to hear a friendly and familiar voice.

As things continue to change, we should all take comfort in God’s promise from Isaiah 43 –

Do not be afraid, I will save you. I have called you by name. You are mine.

When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you.

When you pass through fire, you will not be burnt; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.

Do not be afraid, I am with you.

Even in the face of uncertain and troubling times, we have reason for hope, reason to extend love in powerful ways, reason to trust in our God.

Hymn: Servant Song V.U.595

David Haas, Marty Haugen, ...

Will you let me be your servant Let me be as Christ to you Pray that I might have the grace To let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on the journey We are travellers on the road We are here to help each other Walk the mile and bear the load.

Sister let me be your servant Let me be as Christ to you Pray that I might have the grace To let you be my servant too.

I will hold the Christ light for you In the nighttime of your fear I will hold my hand out to you Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping When you laugh, I'll laugh with you

I will share your joy and sorrow,

Till we see this journey through.

When we sing to God in Heaven,

We shall find such harmony,

Born of all we’ve known together

Of Christ’s love and agony.

Will you let me be your servant Let me be as Christ to you Pray that I might have the grace To let you be my servant too.

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