Ministry Updates for Friday, April 3^rd , 2020
*Worship—Sunday, April 5^th at 9:30 a.m.*
Please join us as we again host a virtual worship service through Facebook Live. Tune in Sunday through the Farmersville United Methodist Church’s Facebook Page for a brief worship. This is a great time to reach out to and share this service with friends who might need some encouragement. Anyone can log on and watch. This link will take you to the event.
*Scripture for Reflection*– Psalm 8:3-4 **
/When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,/ ///  the moon and the stars that you have established;/ ///*^*what are human beings that you are mindful of them,/ ///  mortals that you care for them?/
/Yet you have made them a little lower than God,     and crowned them with glory and honor./
*Reflection – Everyday Heroes***
The Psalmist tells us that God seems to have a higher opinion of us than many of us do of ourselves. I believe God wants us to have a great life. True enough, and good news to be sure. But more than that, God has created us to be great people. That can feel like more of a challenge than a gift. But a gift it is. Maybe you or I are not people about which someone might write a bestselling biography. But all the same we are called to be great, not as the culture defines it, but as God defines it. On the night before his death, Jesus told his followers that the one who believes in him will do what he does, and in fact will do greater works then he did. (John 14:12) Can we really believe that? We would hope some merciful biblical scholar would interpret this in a way that would lower the bar for us. But the theme persists beyond the teaching of Jesus and into the early Christian community; we are to be Christ-like.
There are everyday heroes, in good times and in difficult ones. They are a little easier to spot in difficult times. And so, we are seeing them more clearly now. The stories in the news of these heroes are moving us to believe in humanity, and hopefully to believe in the God who overtly or covertly directs them. At the end of all of this, we will not have anything so dramatic as the invention of the airplane, or a cure for cancer. But if we are paying attention, we will have been and have seen heroes. We will have our spirits lifted.* *
Dear God, I thank you for the gifts you have given me that enable me to serve humanity. I thank you for those ‘heroes’ who are risking their health to serve us.I am thankful for those who are heroically showing restraint in self-quarantine. Help us all make good decisions, stay healthy, and persevere, believing in you, and in those who are doing your will. Amen.

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