We are tired, alone, and fearful.
We are meeting new challenges and are uncertain of our futures.
We become fixated on the short-term:
Do I have enough?
Will I be safe?
What will become of us?
But your promises are promises for eternity.
You tell us to seek the Kingdom of God now and everything else will be added unto us.
You remind us that you are the God of provision and love.
You remind us that everything happens within the context of an eternal future
and that you have gone to prepare a place for us always.
Teach us how to live without anxiety this day and give to us our daily bread.
And remind us this week of the power of love to overcome the worst of suﬀering.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Friends, we are the people of God and God’s promises are real and eternal. We are now in Holy Week, the week on earth where those promises were realized in extraordinary ways.
I invite you to join me for a MAUNDY THURSDAY service, a meditation and communion on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. join us online. Communion will be followed by three storytellers reading the passion narrative and preparing us for the unexpected new life of Sunday.
I’ve baked some communion bread for Thursday night and encourage those of you who have the time and the resources to join me in doing so for your communion at home. Here’s a very simple recipe that I followed.
If you have some red wine or some grape juice, pour out a glass and we can partake of the sacrament together. (If you don’t, there is nothing magical about bread and wine. They are staples and are intended to be everyday objects, so any type of bread will work—even cracker. Water will work just as well during a time like this.)
Then Sunday, join us online for EASTER at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.
Finally, at this time of year we normally take an oﬀering, One Great Hour of Sharing. We’ll postpone that this year. However, it is clear to us that several of our partner ministries are oﬀering people food at this time. The Great Valley Food Cupboard, for local folks. The Common Place is feeding both residents of southwest Philadelphia and children of Mitchell Elementary school. Let’s help them out. If you’d normally be giving to One Great Hour of Sharing or the Easter Egg tree or making a lilly donation, please go to our BREAD FROM HEAVEN page and make a generous gift today. We’ll collect the funds and share them with other institutions who are doing the work.
Stay safe, friends. I’d like to end with this quote from Romans that my online bible study looked at yesterday: “And not only that, but we also boast in our suﬀerings, knowing that suﬀering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”
Indeed our hope is in Jesus Christ and he has overcome even the worst, death upon a cross, for us.
In Christ, Casey
Live Stream update
In an effort to improve our live-stream audio and visual experience, we have implemented new audio settings and are trying a new configuration for our chancel area. We will continue to listen, learn and try new ideas as we progress through the COVID restrictions.
Staying Connected update
There are many conversations going on within our staff and our congregation with respect to how we can stay connected to each other. It is our intent to test potential solutions in the coming days. Based on the results of these pilots, we will roll out to our entire congregation.
As with our live stream and most of WPC's activities, it is our members volunteering their time and talents that makes all things possible. Thank you to all our volunteers and our staff as we work together during this time.
March 17 update
Please know that the staff and Deacons of Wayne Presbyterian are continuing to discus the best ways to care for our community during this time.
At a minimum, we encourage you to join us via livestream for a worship experience at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Watch Live
Should you have ideas on how our staff and Deacons can best help our community, please let us know. Give Help - Get Help
As always, our staff wants to hear from you. During these times, an email is best:
Casey Senior Pastor
Richard Executive Pastor & Deacons
Sarah Youth and Mission Outreach
March 12 2020
To the family of faith at Wayne Presbyterian Church,
Earlier today, Governor Wolf instructed the shutdown of Montgomery County for the next fourteen days in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. About 2/3 of the COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania are now located in our neighboring county.
While our church is not in Montgomery county, we are so close that you might as well consider us part of it.
We have therefore determined it the prudent course of action to close our church for the next fourteen days in alignment with Governor Wolf's directive to shut down schools, meetings places, entertainment venues and non-essential retail stories.
Our concern is, of course, your health and the health of our community.
To the best of our knowledge, there has not been anyone connected to our congregation or our campus who is suffering from COVID-19. Our closure is a preventative measure to protect the health of our congregants and our community.
We are still discussing the best ways to care for our community during this time, but to be clear we will not have any in-person meetings, programs, or worship services during the next two weeks.
While we will not have in-person worship this Sunday, we do encourage you to join us via livestream for a worship experience at 9:30 a.m. You can do that at: https://waynepres.org/watch-live
Additionally, please keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page for further updates.
Casey Thompson, pastor
Wayne Presbyterian Church
125 E. Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087