Community in Action

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-12


    I had an interesting zoom call last evening. I met with 160 other people at our first ever zoom Presbytery meeting. There were seven pages of people, since you could only have about 25 people per page at a time. It was nice to be able to look at the names on the side of the screen, but then as you scrolled through the frames you could see specific people on the call on your screen.

    What was most interesting to me is that when we were approving previously discussed measures or accepting someone into the Presbytery or hearing a report it was all very orderly. But then we had a new item which talked about restructuring the Presbytery duties and it became chaos. One person at at time was speaking, but there was all kinds of texting in the chat box and if you had a question you couldn’t ask it until your “blue” hand was recognized. Which was frustrating because it depended on when the moderator finally saw your hand on the list of 160 people. By the time you were recognized the topic of discussion may have already moved on so your question was no longer relevant. 

    I think the leaders of the meeting did an admirable job, but zoom wasn’t able to accommodate such a controversial meeting. Eventually it got sorted out, but it took a lot longer than any one expected. It was hard to listen to others when you were waiting for your turn to speak up.

    Thankfully we have a God who is willing to listen to us when ever we are inclined to speak. We don’t have to raise our “blue” hand to be recognized. We don’t have to hope God will see our text in the chat room to know we want to speak. We can stop at any time and speak to God and God will listen.

    I think the main thing for us to remember is that God has our best interests at heart. God knows what we are good at and God knows what are hearts desire is and God will listen to us about anything, but God wants the best for us.

    So, when you get frustrated at life around you. When you get anxious about what will happen next in your life. Know that God is there for you and God will listen and God will act on your behalf.

    You are his beloved and he is our God.


    Pastor Randy

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