The Downtown Church

It's a Marshmallow world in the winter!

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There used to be a poster of a cat holding onto a rope with the words hang in there. The cat looked desperate, terrified, and was clutching with the its claws to keep the inevitable from happening. The poster always annoyed me. I think it was meant to encourage, but I didn’t see it that way. In my life, I have found desperately holding onto just about anything has never worked for me. I want to tell the cat, “Let go. Fall! You can’t hold on forever, it will be ok.”

I began thinking about this once again as I sat looking out at the snow, the awful roads, the list of school closings, reports of weather affecting the delivery of vaccines, and the lack of power in Texas. Even the life expectancy of people in the USA is decreasing. “Hang in there” doesn’t seem helpful. We’ve all hung in there in one way or another for a year.

So, instead I’m reading these words today from the Apostle Paul in my favorite letter of his written to the church in Philippi. He's been through much more than I can even imagine: shipwrecked, floggings, imprisonment, threats, stoning. Paul is writing from his prison cell. I think Paul has better words for us to focus on.

Philippians 4: 6-9
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Let go. Fall. We can’t hold on forever, we were never meant to. It will be ok. God’s got this.

See You Online Sunday and Wednesday for Vespers,

Join us online every Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook Live or our YouTube Channel. Get your breakfast, get comfy, and join us at 10:30am online.
If you didn't know, you can always tune in each week for a Bible story with Miss Kelsie (and sometimes her kids make appearances) or Crafts with Claire (and Frances and/or Bruce). These are fun, short, simple ways to connect with us, your families, and your faith. Make a plan to catch a short video on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. Oh, and if you want to try a craft but are short on supplies...let us know. We have lots of craft supplies at church!
We're not going to give too much away, but we've been doing some work to the old nursery on the main floor. We can't wait to be able to spread out and reclaim an unused space that will check multiple boxes on our needs/wants list. And a big thanks to our super volunteer, Paul Baker, who's been spearheading the project. (He's also provided a lot of the manual labor.)
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