Hello, friends!

I am so excited to share this first devotion with you.  I thank you for your patience and understanding as I have settled in here.
Today I am excited to share with you what a “normal” virtual week will look like for us going forward.  Of course, on Sunday we will worship together in-person or online at 9 AM or 11 AM.  Then, every Monday I will post a devotion that I have found and want to share with you.  Every Tuesday I will post a quick video from somewhere around town to encourage us to continue Sunday's message throughout the week and out into the world.  Every Wednesday I will write and post a devotion of my own.  Every Thursday I will post a video message from somewhere on church property to offer a midweek prayer.  Every Friday you will get another devotion that I write, and every Saturday we will post a teaser for what is coming up on Sunday morning.  You will be able to see all of these things on our app, on Facebook and on Instagram.
All of this is meant to keep us connected throughout the week and to be a busy church ... a busy church is a growing church.  Below, you will see a devotion from HomeTouch.  I look forward to interacting with all of you!
Reverend Dave

When I was a boy, our church used to have an end-of-the-year Sunday school picnic.  This took place in late May or early June.  When I was older, this picnic was often called the “All Church Picnic.”  We’d meet at the city park, usually following a Sunday morning worship service.  These were wonderful affairs, especially if you were a kid.  Games were organized for the youngsters, but best of all was the food!  Several tables were designated for different types of food:  salads, casseroles, main dishes and desserts.  Invariably, these tables were laden with fried chicken, baked beans, hot dogs, potato salad, any number of casseroles, homemade rolls, sliced tomatoes, pickles and olives.  Then there were chocolate cakes, angel food cakes with a strawberry topping, and cherry, apple or lemon meringue pies, and homemade ice cream sometimes hand-cranked by the deacons.

Some people who came to the picnic potluck didn’t come with much.  This was because they didn’t have much.  One time, my friend’s family didn’t provide anything but a plate-load of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

But the beautiful thing about these picnics was that when you put all this food together, sharing it like that, everyone felt as rich as could be.  And the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches disappeared, along with most of the rest of the food.

There’s a lesson here.  It’s probably fair to say that most of us want to give to the Lord what we can, and we’d like to bring our finest.  After all, look what God brings to the table!  God has the food table overflowing with everything rich and blessed and desirable.  There are plates overflowing with grace, mercy, faith and wisdom and much more.

And what do I have?  Sandwiches!

But when it’s put together, it’s amazing.  This reminds us that when we get together with God to do something, the result will often be surprising.

—Timothy Merrill

Prayer:  Loving God, I bring today for your use these simple gifts of patience, a smile and a few acts of kindness. Be glorified in all that I do.  Amen.

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