March Pastor’s News

Warm Lenten greetings!  On February 14th, America mourns more loss of innocent young lives in another senseless school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida, claiming 17 lives including students and teachers.  As a father of a middle schooler and a high schooler, my first reaction is “What if my child was one among them?”  As husband of a substitute teacher, I asked this question:  “What if my wife was there on that day?”  It is hard to comprehend what to say about God’s love and grace in the face of such evil.

The Bible tells us that the enemy comes to steal and destroy, but I want to assure us all, that the enemy does not get the last word!  “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and rescues these who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).  Many among us may feel broken hearted and a crushed spirit, but I also know that the Lord is here among us. God is in control!

Therefore, I invite Davis Street to join me in praying for those affected by the tragedy in Florida.  Prayer is what binds us and allows to us to enter the pain of one another.  I am asking y’all to be in prayer for the communities of Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida, particularly for families of students and teachers at Douglas High School, as they begin their long journey of grief.  A number of surrounding United Methodist churches have students at this school. In fact, the principal of this school is related to one of our active church members.

Moreover, let us also pray and advocate for our schools, faculty members and administrators of all the schools in the Alamance County and in North Carolina.  God’s Spirit through prayers and advocacy, has the power to prevent this from happening again. The church has been described as a field hospital after battle.  America feels like a battleground after February 14th school shooting.  In times like these the church can fulfill its divine mission stated in Galatians 6:10, “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.”

In doing so, let us add actions to our prayers.  God is demanding each of us to repent and change!  Let us do whatever it takes to be a disciple of Christ who lives a life of hospitality, who lives a life of worship, who lives a life of generosity and who lives a life of service.  I also encourage Davis Street to be actively engaged in life-giving ministries such as helping to mentor a student, supporting our youth group or sponsoring a local school. Through a transformed life in Christ, then and only then, we shall be able to transform the world, one youth at a time!

As we journey this season of Lent, may the message of life stand against the forces of death that we find around us. Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference says, “In light of today’s shootings, we repent from our participation in a culture of death; we acknowledge the harm we do to others, and we claim the power of the cross that breaks the cycle of violence and retaliation.”

Pastor Edgar

 MARCH WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READINGS
 

March 4

Exodus 20:1-7

Psalm 19

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

John 2:13-22

 

March 11

Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 107:1-3,17-22

Ephesians 2:1-10

John 3:14-21

 

 

March 18

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33

 

March 25

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 31:9-16

Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 14:1-15:47