This year we have a unique lent experience because we have had to cancel worshiping together to protect ourselves and the community from the spread of the coronavirus. Here are the sermons from that times starting March 15, 2020 for your inspiration. Mar. 15  Third Sun. in Lent   Refreshment in the Wilderness I invite you to join me in prayer this morning or whenever you read this sermon.  – Pastor June Fothergill Gracious God, we come to you this morning seeking your living water for our lives. In the midst of our thirsty and wilderness times, we need your refreshing spirit. Thank you for your gifts of water and renewal as we open our hearts to you this Lenten season. In Jesus name we pray. Amen. I invite you to read aloud the scriptures: Exodus 17: 1-7  and John 4: 5-42.  Enjoy the dialogue in each passage. Sermon:     This is a new kind of sermon for me.  One that I expect people to read rather than hear.  Of course this is because we are suspending public worship for a couple weeks to try to slow down the Coronavirus which is infecting our community.  Most of us who get the virus will only have a mild case but it is very contagious so we want help reduce its spread especially to more vulnerable people .   So we are staying home this  Sunday and worshipping God at home. This sermon is a way we can stay connected  during this strange time.   I also invite people to stay in contact through phone and email ,etc.   If you have prayer concerns please feel free to call me 541 603 806 or send an email at juneafothergill@gmail.com.     My theme this week is how God brings us refreshment in the wilderness times of our lives.  As we deal with this infectious disease emergency, we are challenged to find refreshment from God.  If we are used to receiving this refreshment through weekly worship and fellowship, what other ways can we discover or renew?     A travelor to a remote island remarked on how healthy the locals looked. “ Yes, it’s the island,” said an attractive resident. “ When I first arrive I was bald and toothless. I was so weak I couldn’t even walk . And look at me now!” “ That’s amazing ,” said the traveler. “ so where are you from?” “ I was born here.” Said the man.   ( AARP Bulletin March 2016 p. 54)       One thing that renews me is laughter.   I invited you to read the two stories aloud. Did you find some humor in them?  Certainly the story about Moses and the...

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