This Sunday we mark a one year anniversary of the Covid 19 pandemic. As we worship together on Sunday we will offer our prayers for those who have lost loved ones, those who have suffered, those who are afraid, those who are alone. The the promise offered in words of the scripture are heard in the prayer and the anthem that follows:
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
Just over one year ago, before we moved out of the sanctuary and into virtual and home worship, we celebrated Scout Sunday. It was the last Sunday before the shut down. Some pictures from that Sunday are featured in the visuals during Sunday’s prelude. It was indeed a special Sunday. But here’s the wonderful thing - our relationship with the Scouts continues and so the pictures are not only from a year ago! Our Scouts are supporting the Walker Chapel Food Drive by delivering collected food to AFAC. The Scouts also supported the Blessing of the Animals Costume Parade last Halloween and led in worship in the fall of 2020. This Sunday, Scouts Charles Willis, Tanner Quigley, and John Lea lead us in the opening of worship. We celebrate the work of these scouts and the partnership and relationship we share that goes back many, many years.
As we prepare for worship here is prayer of thanks:
Lord, today we recall your faithfulness.
Thank you that you walk with us everyday,
And that you are with us in each moment.
Thank you that your promises are true
And your goodness never fails us.
In Jesus’ name we pray - Amen.
Out of the shadow of the Pandemic comes the light of Resurrection. You can become a part of that light for people who are sick, hungry, poor, homeless, addicted, and made more desperate by Covid-19. 100% of Walker Chapel’s Lent-Easter Special Offering goes to organizations serving people here and around the world who need your help. Profiles of each of these benevolence organizations may be viewed at https://walkerchapel.org/benevolence/.
With a goal of $10,500, this offering is one of the special activities by which our congregation annually raises all its funds for our church’s carefully selected benevolences. Please make a generous donation, either by mailing a check to the church office (marked “Lent/Easter Offering”) or by donating on-line (visit the website at https://walkerchapel.org/payments/ and then select the “Lent/Easter Offering” fund option.) Whatever you can give will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
In addition to our Lenten/ Easter offering, our food drive for the Arlington Food Assistance Center will continue into the foreseeable future to ensure our neighbors impacted most by the virus have dignified access to food. At the link below you will find the Volunteer Sign Up for the months of March, April, and May.
Holy Week bags are being prepared for your children for this significant time in the church. We are gathering activities to highlight the week for families to do together. The bag will contain different activities for each day of Holy Week including Bible lessons, crafts and service opportunities. Preschool bags are for children ages two through Kindergarten. Elementary bags are for grades 1-5. Contact Linnea Carlson to request your bag, or with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Easter bunny will also be visiting Walker Chapel, but more on that later.
Lectio Divina | Lenten Study
Wednesdays at 7 PM on Zoom | February 24 - March 31
Lectio Divina, or divine reading, is an ancient practice that combines contemplative prayer with reading scripture.
During this season of Lent, we’re partnering with Mt. Olivet to provide an online space where we'll explore this unique and engaging practice together. We’ll be led by Pastor Lynne and Pastors Ed Walker and Teer Hardy from Mt. Olivet. Please register using the link below so you’ll have access to the Zoom meeting.
Family and friends of Christiane Roehler who are sick with COVID -- the father of her closest friend, her mother's dear friend who recently died, her Aunt who is very ill the virus.
Chen and Lynda Elliott
The family of Ivan Elmer
Timmons/ Olson family
All struggling, isolated - standing by their own pool of tears
Prayers for the World
For the people in Arlington, Virginia who are struggling to register for the COVID19 vaccine.
For the jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin, on trial for the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year. We pray for Derek Chauvin and the family and friends of George Floyd.
For the poor children in the U.S. who might be lifted out of poverty by the child tax credit in the COVID pandemic bill passed by the U.S. Congress.
For the more than 100 people who died from a series of explosions at a military base in Equatorial Guinea last Sunday. Another 615 people were badly injured. Officials blame poorly stored dynamite for the explosions.
For Israel, which last Monday began a two-week campaign to vaccinate more than 100,000 Palestinians carrying Israeli work permits. We lament that unfortunately inoculations still remain a distant dream for most residents of areas of Palestine occupied by Israel.
For the families of all people who have died from COVID-19, including the 525,541 people in the U.S., representing roughly 20% of the nearly 2.6 million global COVID-19 fatalities recorded to date.
For peace throughout the world, economic and environmental justice and health for all.
For the more than 76,000 people collecting unemployment in Virginia and for the people who cannot collect unemployment due to their immigration status. Only construction and essential retail operations have shown an increase in employment since February of last year 2020.
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