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Dear Friends in Christ,

In a world where nothing is “normal”, in a world where fear and anxiety are constant companions, we are bold enough to proclaim, with assurance and joy:

“God is love!,

God is in control! God will see us through these difficult times!”

And all God’s people say: “Amen!”

I hope you continue to keep yourself safe and healthy. Spend this free time in prayer and meditation.

We have been in contact with our District Superintendent and our Bishop. Because of the continual increase of the number of cases of the Covid-19 virus, the following decisions have been made concerning our worship services and other activities:

There will be no worship services or other group activities held at Mt Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church until further notice.

This means no services on Palm Sunday, April 5; no services on Maundy Thursday, April 9 or Good Friday, April 10; and no services on Easter, April 12.

This is hard to accept , for this Holy time is when the Christian family gathers together to celebrate the “Core” of our faith: the death and resurrection of our Savior and Lord, the only Son of God, Jesus, our Christ.

It is hard for me to imagine Easter without a communal celebration with my fellow believers. But, with God’s grace, love and wisdom we, together, will adapt ourselves to new ways of being faithful in our worship of the Risen Christ.

Below are the scriptures for this Sunday, Palm Sunday, April 5, along with some questions for meditation and discussion. May God continue to be the center of your life. Stay safe, and God’s blessings and love to upon you!

Pastor Keith

Scriptures for Sunday, April 5, 2020, Palm Sunday

II Corinthians 2:12-17

Matthew 21:1-11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5615 Mt Pisgah Road
York, Pennsylvania 17406
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    – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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    – 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM

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  • DAILY PRAYER/SCRIPTURE

    Beginning today, and continuing on even numbered days, I will be placing a prayer instead of scripture passages. I invite you to pray the prayer and then reflect and meditate on its meaning for you during these difficult times, and on your relationship with God.

    #58 Prayer for the Mind of Christ


    “Let us remember Jesus: Who though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor and dwelt among us. Who was content to be subject to his parents, the child of a poor couple’s home. Who lived for thirty years the common life, earning his living with his own hands and declining no humble tasks. Whom the people heard gladly, for he understood their ways. May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus. Amen.

     

    #57 Holy

    “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, Holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1

    “ … Just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be Holy and blameless before him in love.” Ephesians 1:4

    “Instead, as he who called you is Holy, be Holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.” I Peter 1:15-16

    #56 A Prayer for Justice

    Almighty God, you created us in your own image. Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil, and to make no peace with oppression. And, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice to the glory of your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

    “When I have irrational, disturbing, negative thoughts, I can replace them with the truth of God in His Word.” Dr. Elias Moitinho

    #55 Mourning

    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

    “You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.” Psalm 30:11-12

    “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be not more, for the first things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: … a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

    #54 Prayer for the Global Church

    Dear God, thank you that we get to be a part of Your global Church at this moment. Thank you for the opportunity to spread your love and hope to a world living in darkness and despair. Your Word says that if your people humble themselves, turn away from wickedness, and call on your name, that you will answer them and heal their land. So we, your people, are asking your forgiveness for the times we’ve chosen not to love the people you put in front of us. Allow this time to strengthen your Church and to remind us of how much you love this hurting world. Please heal our land and use us to meet the needs of others. Grow our faith as you grow your global Church. Come, Lord Jesus, and do what only you can do. In Jesus’ name. Amen

    “The secret things belong to the Lord our God.” Deuteronomy 29:29a

    #53 Encouragement

    “If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete; be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1

    “Therefore encourage one another with these words.” I Thessalonians 4:18

    “May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:5-6

    #52
    “Remember, Prince of Peace, the peoples of the world divided into many nations and tongues.  Deliver us from every evil that obstructs your saving purpose, and fulfill your promises of old to establish your kingdom of peace.  From the curse of war and all that creates it, Lord, deliver us.  From believing and speaking lies against other nations; from narrow loyalties and selfish isolation; from fear and distrust of other nations, from all false pride, vainglory, and self-conceit, O Lord, deliver us.  From putting our trust in the weapons of war, and from want of faith in the power of justice and goodwill, from every thought, word, and deed which parts the human family and separates us from the  perfect realization of your love, O Lord, deliver us.  Amen.”  (England)    
    “You, God, will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.”  Isaiah 26:3

    #51 Gentleness

    “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30

    “By contrast, the fruit of the spirit is love, … gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22b-23a

    “Let your gentleness be known to everyone.” Philippians 4:5

     

    #50 Prayer for Safety

    Almighty and merciful God, of your bountiful goodness keep us from all things that may hurt us, that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish those things you command; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

    “I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.” Psalm 61:2b

    #49 Fear

    “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

    “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

    “ … Do not fear, only believe.” Mark 5:36b

    “But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in our heart sanctify Christ as Lord.” I Peter 3:14-15a

    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, for whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” I John 4:18

    #48 Prayer for the Nation

    “Look graciously, O Lord, upon this land. Where it is in pride, subdue it. Where it is in need, supply it. Where it is in error, rectify it. Where it is in default, restore it. And where it holds to that which is just and compassionate, support it. Amen. (Church of Pakistan)

    “If I didn’t have anything, as long as I had Christ, I’d still have everything.” Jodi

    #47 Praise

    “The Lord is my strength and my might, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my Father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

    “Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty firmament! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his surpassing greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 100:1-6

    #46 Prayer for Reconciliation

    Teach us, ruler of the universe, to see people by the light of the faith we profess, that we may check in ourselves all ungenerous judgments, all presumptuous claims, that, recognizing the needs and rightful claims of others, we may remove old hatreds and rivalries and hasten new understandings, that we may bring our tributes of excellence to the treasury of our common humanity, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (England)
    “Sometimes life is so hard you can only do the next thing. Whatever that is just do the next thing, God will meet you there.” Elizabeth Elliot

    #45 Knowledge

    “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7

    “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.” Proverbs 8:10

    “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God.” Romans 11:33a

    “ … And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19

    “I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

    #44 Prayer for Others

    Strong covenant God, save us from being self-centered in our prayers, and teach us to remember to pray for others, May we be so bound up in love with those for whom we pray that we may feel their needs as acutely as our own, and intercede for them with sensitiveness, with understanding and imagination. This we ask in Christ’s name. Amen. (John Calvin, Switzerland)

    “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

    #43 Endurance

    “ … But we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.” Romans 5:3

    “But as for you, Man of God, shun all this (evil); pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness.” I Timothy 6:11

    “For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:36

    “The saying is sure, ‘If we have died with him, we will also live with him; If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he will also deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful – for he cannot deny himself.’” II Timothy 2:11-13

    #42 Prayer For God’s Reign

    We believe in you, O God, for you have made the suffering of humanity your suffering. You have come to establish a kingdom of the poor and humble. Today we sing to you, because you are alive, you have saved us, you have made us free. Amen. (Cuba)

    #41 Abide

    “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you; ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:4-7

    #40 A Prayer of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts, which no unworthy thought can drag downward, unconquered hearts, which no tribulation can wear out, upright hearts, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen (Saint Thomas, Italy)

    “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

    #39 New

    “A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26

    “Neither is new wine put into old wine skins; otherwise the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed, but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17

    “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.” Colossians 3:9-10

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3

    “And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:5

     

    #38 Prayer Remembering Jesus

    Let us remember Jesus: who was mighty in deed, healing the sick and the disordered, using for others the powers he would not invoke for himself. Who refused to force people’s allegiance. Who was Master and Lord to his disciples, yet was among them as their companion and as one who served. Whose desire was to do the will of God who sent him.

    Let us remember Jesus: Who loved people, yet retired from them to pray, rose a great while before day, watched through the night, stayed in the wilderness, went up into a mountain, sought a garden. Who, when he would help a tempted disciple, prayed for him. Who prayed for the forgiveness of those who rejected him, and for the perfecting of those who received him. Who observed the traditions, but defied convention that did not serve the purposes of God. Who hated the sins of pride and selfishness, of cruelty and impurity.

    Let us remember Jesus: Who believed in people and never despaired of them. Who through all disappointment never lost heart. Who disregarded his own comfort and convenience, and thought first of others’ needs, and, though he suffered long, was always kind. Who when he was reviled, uttered no harsh word in return.

    We remember you, Jesus our Lord and Savior. Amen

    “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

    #37 Life

    “For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and here are few that find it.” Matthew 7:14

    “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

    “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” Luke 12:25

    “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” John1:3,4

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone that believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, they will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’” John 11:25-26

    “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

    #36 A Prayer of Saint Patrick

    Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ behind us, Christ in us, Christ beneath us, Christ above us, Christ on our right, Christ on our left, Christ where we lie, Christ where we sit, Christ where we arise, Chris in the heart of everyone who thinks of us, Christ in every eye that sees us, Christ in every ear that hears us. Salvation is of the Lord, Salvation is of the Christ. May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us. Amen. (Saint Patrick, Ireland)


    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

    #35 Heart
    “ … For the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b
    “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
    “Create In me a clean heart, O God, and put a new right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insights.” Proverbs 3:5
    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
    “ .. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,” Mark 12:30
    “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34
    “ … Let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

    #34 Prayer For the World and Its People

    O God, you are the hope of all the ends of the earth, the God of the spirits of all flesh. Hear our humble intercession for all races and families on earth, that you will turn all hearts to yourself. Remove from our minds hatred, prejudice and contempt for those who are not of our own race or color, class or creed, that, departing from everything that estranges and divides, we may by you be brought into unity of spirit, in the bond of peace. Amen. (Church of Scotland)

    “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

    #33 Humility
    “The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility goes before honor.” Proverbs 15:33
    “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
    “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
    “And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.” I Peter 5:5-6
    “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” Psalm 25:9

    #32 Prayer For Wisdom

    O Wisdom on High, by you the meek are guided in judgment, and light rises up in darkness for the godly. Grant us in all doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do, that we may be saved from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer)

    Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will sour on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 41:31

    #31 Love

    “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.” Psalm 86:5

    “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.” Psalm 118:1

    “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1

    “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, … for if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?” Matthew 5:44,46

    “ … You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. .. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:30,31

    “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” John 13:34

    “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13

    “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection, outdo one another in showing honor.” Romans 12:9-10

    “Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude… love never ends.” I Corinthians 13:4,5,8a

    #30 Prayer For Discernment
    Almighty God, in a world of change you placed eternity in our hearts and gave us power to discern good from evil. Grant us sincerity, that we may persistently seek the things that endure, refusing those which perish, and that, amid things vanishing and deceptive, we may see the truth steadily, follow the light faithfully, and grow ever richer in that love which is the life of all people; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. (Hugh Cameron, Scotland)
    “For God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

    #29 Promise
    “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
    “’Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan, I will now rise up,’ says the Lord, ‘I will place them in the safety for which they long.’ The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure.” Psalm 12:5-6a
    “For in him everyone of God’s promises is a ‘Yes’” II Corinthians 1:20

    #28 Prayer for Strength

    O Creator and mighty God, you have promised strength for the week, rest for the laborers, light for the way, grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love. O Creator and mighty God, help us to continue in your promise. Amen. (Traditional Prayer, Pakistan)

    “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” Psalm 130:5

    #27 Grace

    “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16

    “ … They are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24

    “But it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6

    “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9

    “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.” II Thessalonians 2:16-17

    “But he gives all the more grace; therefore (the scripture) says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:6-8a

    “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 5:10-11

    #26 Prayer For Purity
    O Lord, this solemn prayer comes from deep desire, may our lives be as pure as candle fire.
    Let our every breath dispel the world’s gloom, let our spirit glow so brightly that darkness meets its doom.
    May we be faithfully drawn to learning as the moth is drawn to the candle’s burning.
    May our lives be devoted to serving the needy and to loving a sorrowful, ever suffering humanity. Lead us away from the path of temptation. O Lord, let truth alone be our destination. Amen (Child’s Prayer, Pakistan)

    #25 Believe

    “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the good news.” Mark 1:15

    “--‘All things can be done for the one who believes.’ ,,,’I believe, help my unbelief.’” Mark 9:23-24

    “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1

    “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have come to believe.’” John 20:29

    “Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed.” John 20:8

    “They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.’” Acts 16:31

    “… If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

     

    #24 Prayer For Guidance
    O eternal God, in whose appointment our life stands, and who committed our work to us, we commit our cares to you.
    We thank you that we are your children, and that you have assured us that, while we are intent upon your will, you will heed our wants.
    Fill us with that compassion for other’s troubles which comes from forgetfulness of our own; with the charity of those who know their own unworthiness, and with the glad hope of the children of eternity.
    And to you, the Beginning and the End, Lord of the living, Refuge of the dying, be thanks and praise for ever. Amen (James Martineau, England)
    “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:10

    #23 Mercy

    “Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever.” Isaiah 40:11
    “He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds; the Lord is gracious and merciful.” Psalm 11:4
    “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’” Matthew 9:13a
    “…I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion. So it depends not on human will or exertion, bon God who shows mercy.” Romans 9:15b-16
    “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5
    “Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.” Matthew 5:7
    “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36God of all the ages,

    #22 A Prayer in a Time of National Crisis

    In your sight nations rise and fall, and pass through times of peril.

    Now when our land is troubled, be near to judge and save.

    May leaders be led by your wisdom;

    May they search your will and see it clearly.

    If we have turned from your way,

    Reverse our ways and help us to repent.

    Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us;

    Through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of his world, and our Savior. Amen.

    (Presbyterian Worshipbook)

    “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:16b

  • Message from Pastor Keith

    In these difficult times, times of uncertainty and fear, it is important for us to look to God for guidance and assurance and hope. It is in the scriptures that we will find the answers we look for. So, for each day, I offer the following words from God’s Word to help us.

    Day 20-21 from Pastor Keith ✝️

    #20 Protection, Refuge (A)

    “You who live in the shelter of the most high, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’ For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday.” Psalm 91:1-6

     

    #21 Protection, Refuge (B)

    “Foe will command his angels concerning you, to guide you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone. … Those who love me, I will deliver, I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I’ll be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honor them. With long life I will satisfy them, and show them my salvation.” Psalm 91:9-10, 14-16

     

    #19 Illness: Life and Death 

    “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plan, and a time to harvest; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; … a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-4,8“We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” Romans 14:7-10

    #18 Service
    “… Here am I, the servant of the Lord, let it be with me according to your words.” Luke1:38

    “As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God.” I Peter 2:16-17

    “Now, if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, … but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15a,c

    “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. … only fear the Lord, and serve him faithfully with all your heart; for consider all the great things he has done for you.” I Samuel 12:20,24

    “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24

    “For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life for a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

    #17 Joy
    “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and, put a new right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take you Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:1-12


    “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” Isaiah 35:10


    “’He has been raised from the dead, … This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.” Matthew 28:7b,8


    “So you have pain now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.” John 26:22


    “For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17


    “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

    “… and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.” Ephesians 4:32

    “Love is patient, love is kind” I Corinthians 13:4

    “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. … The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. … The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of all who love him; he also hears heir cry, and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him.” Psalm 45:8-9,13b,17-20a

    #15 Perseverance/Witness/Testimony

    “But, the one who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:13

    “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

    “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.” Acts 2:32

    “By what power of by what name did you do this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘… let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.” Acts 4:7b-10

    #14 Resurrection

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” John11:25-26

    “…so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so too we might walk in the newness of life.” Romans 6:4b

    “They were saying, ‘The Lord is risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’” Luke 24:34

    “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations.’” Luke 24:45-47

    13 Forgiveness

    “He has rescued us from the power of darkness, and transferred s into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14

    “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.” Ephesians 4:31-32

    “…and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.” Matthew 5:12

    “Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:38

    “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.” Romans 4:7

    #12 Healing

    “… If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and heal there land.” II Chronicles 7:14
    “But he was wounded for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that makes us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
    “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits – who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:1-3a
    “Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.” James 5:16
    “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed,” I Peter 2:24

    #11 Patience

    “Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.” II Peter 3:14-15a

    “By contrast, the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience….” Galatians 5:22

    “But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.” Luke 8:15

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12

    Love is patient; love is kind, love is not envious, or boastful, or arrogant, or rude.” I Corinthians 13:4

    “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years; and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance,” II Peter 3:8-9

    #10 Life

    “For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Then said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said go them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believe#10 Lifes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35-36

    “Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life.” John 6:47-48

    “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

    “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

    #9 Sanctuary, Refuge
    “The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:9-10
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
    “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge, in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.” Psalm 57:1
    “But I will sing of your might; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been a fortress for me and a refuge in the day of my distress. Psalm 59:16

    #8 God’s Faithfulness and Truth
    “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
    “God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” I Corinthians 1:9
    “No testing has overtaken you that is not common o everyone. God is faithful and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.” I Corinthians 9:13
    “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23
    “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things.” Galatians 5:22-23

    #7 Peace
    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27
    “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But, take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:33
    “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:7,9
    “…agree with one another, lived in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” II Corinthians 13:11b

    #6 Mercy, Goodness, Love
    “…For the mighty one has done great things, and Holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.” Luke 1:49-50


    “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79


    “But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also….Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:27-29a, 31

    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16

    #5 Hope
    “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, comfort your hearts, and strengthen them in every good work and word.” II Thess. 2:16-17

    “... knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s loved has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Rom 5:3b-5

    “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” Ps 62:5

    “Happy are those who help is in the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.” Ps 146:5

    #4 Trust

    “Let me hear of your steadfast love in the morning, for in you I put my trust. Teach me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” Ps 143:8    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.” Prov 3:5   “Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.” Is 26:4   “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Ps 40:3 “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.” Ps 62:8

    #3 Strength
    “The Lord my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Ps 18:2  “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might, he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2  “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Ps 46:1

    Day #2 Love of God
    “Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or
    persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? ... I am convinced that
    neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to
    come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be
    able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:35,38-39

    #1 Comfort
    “Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God” Is. 40:1
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our afflictions so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction….” II Cor 2:3-4
    “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me.” Ps 23:4

  • WEEKLY TODDLER GYM - DAY #1!

    Free Weekly Toddler Gym - Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. at Mt. Pisgah Trinity UMC

    Free for parents/caregivers and their toddlers and siblings. Children will be able to explore age-appropriate activities and interact with each other in a safe, fun, kid-oriented environment. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with their children during this activity. A Bible story and snack will be shared during the last 10 minutes. For more information contact Wendy Fenwick at (717) 252-3652 or wfenwick@millersville.edu. Note: If EYSD is closed or delayed, we will not have Toddler Gym that day.

  • WANTED: Day Care Director

    WANTED: Day Care Director for New Christian Day Care starting at Mt. Mt Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mt. Pisgah Rd, York PA 17406 (near Wrightsville.) This is a full-time position, salary negotiable. Required degree and experience necessary. Send resume to above address. Call (717) 252-4412 with any questions. Thank you!

  • NEW MISSION OPPORTUNITY

    NEW Mission Opportunity

    Mt Pisgah Trinity has partnered with Life Path’s “Corners of Your Field” Ministry . We have placed a collection box for them in our parking lot. However, if you take your donation to the store and mention you are donating for Mt. Pisgah Trinity UMC, we will get credits for any donations. With these credits, we will be receiving gift cards to the Life Path stores to give out to people in need. 

  • Communion

    “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.”

    Our communion table is open to all who wish to receive the sacrament.  It is celebrated the first Sunday of each month .  Gluten-free wafers are available.

    Please join us!

  • GIANT GIFT CARDS

    Purchasing Gift Cards to be used at Giant is a pain–free way to raise money for our debt reduction. Just stop by the Connection Corner during our 10:15 service, then use them as CASH when you go shopping. There is no extra cost to you or the church, and the church gets 5% profit for every card purchased. Just think of how much money would be raised if we all purchased these gift cards!

  • Tabs for RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

    Please placed your aluminum can tabs in the jar in the Connection Corner.

    The tabs are sold to a local recycling company, and proceeds help with daily operating expenses at the House.

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