Becoming Agents of a Chess Master God

Dear Church Family,
 
As I begin this email, I first want to acknowledge the somberness of today. It’s hard to believe that 19 years have passed since our nation came under attack on September 11, 2001. Please know I am praying for all of you, but particularly those of you for whom this day is especially difficult. I hope you find inspiration in the words of the apostle Paul, “3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3 NLT). God is, indeed, the source of all comfort. My prayer is that you come to experience the comforting embrace of God today.
 
This weekend we continue our journey through our new preaching series on the Old Testament Book of Ruth. Last week we left Ruth and Naomi in Bethlehem, where they had just come after leaving Moab. Ruth had lost her husband, Naomi had lost her husband and two sons, and neither one of them had any idea what the future held. This week we turn our attention to Ruth chapter 2, where God’s redemptive purposes begin to unfold. The title for the message is “Becoming Agents of a Chess Master God.” If you’re intrigued by the title (and I hope you are!), make sure to join us for one of our online services on Saturday night (6:30PM EST) or Sunday morning (8:30AM, 10:30AM EST). You can watch on our website (www.communityoffaith.org/livestream-services) or through Facebook (www.facebook.com/cofumc/). By the way, if you haven’t already, please read the entire Book of Ruth before the weekend (don’t worry — it’s only 4 chapters long). And make sure to watch last weekend’s message in case you missed it: https://vimeo.com/455586998.
 
A couple of days ago, you received an informational email from our Administrative Council regarding in-person worship and other gatherings at Community of Faith. I hope you’re prayerfully considering the information contained in that email, especially as you prepare to fill out the survey that we’ll be sending to your inbox on Wednesday, September 16. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
 
I imagine that many of you are probably wondering about Be, Go, Do!, our yearly day of service work, which normally happens at the end of September. For obvious reasons, we will need to postpone Be, Go, Do! until we are back in the building. In the meantime, please consider making a donation to our Voice of Hope Banner (www.communityoffaith.org/giving/). Thank you, in advance, for your thoughtful generosity.
 
Starting this Monday (September 14), Amanda and I plan to take some time off. (Her mom is gracious enough to watch the twins while we do this.) Given that we’ll be away, Morning Prayer will be suspended from September 14-18 and will resume on September 21. In place of Morning Prayer, we will post daily Scripture passages on our church’s Facebook page. Thank you for granting me space to relax, unwind, and be with my wife. I really do appreciate it!
 
Let me end by saying how thankful I am to be your pastor and to be serving the risen Jesus alongside you. I pray you have a great weekend. And I look forward to “seeing” you at one of our services for worship.
 
Blessings,
Chris