April 23, 2021
Read this all the way through for information about upcoming worship and some thoughts from Sharon.
This Sunday, April 25:
- 9 a.m. – In-person worship on the west patio. No registration required. Bring your own chair, if you can. Some parts of the patio are sunny so wear a hat and bring an umbrella, if you wish.
- 9:45 a.m. – Recorded worship as usual at umcstmarks.org/live-worship; YouTube UMC St. Mark’s Oro Valley; Facebook St. Mark’s UMC Tucson.
Next Sunday, May 2 – time change and new in-person opportunity!
- 8 a.m. – In-person worship on the west patio, no registration required. Note time change!
- 10 a.m. – In-person worship in the Sanctuary for up to 80 people. Registration will be required via SignUp Genius. You can begin to register at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 26 – watch for an email with how to register. Or you can call the church office at 297-2062. Registration for the following Sunday will open at 8:30 a.m. every Monday.
- 9:45 a.m. – Recorded worship as usual via the three platforms linked above.
Holy Communion with prepackaged elements will be served at both in-person services May 2. Recorded worship: Get your elements (small piece of bread or cracker and a beverage) ready for Holy Communion.
Masks are required for in-person worship, which lasts about 45 minutes.
This Sunday (April 25) and next Sunday (May 2), we continue our series, “According to Jesus, Love Is …”
As I heard the verdict this week in the Derek Chauvin trial, I thought about John Wesley’s admonition to Jesus’ followers to work to “Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.” These three simple rules are grounded in God’s love for us and for all people. For me, that means that our prayers are poured out for those who mourn, for justice for all people, for safekeeping and wisdom for law enforcement, and for ourselves – to have a humble spirit that seeks to remember the words of Micah 6:8: “O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”