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Worship services for both Wednesday and Sunday have been cancelled through March 29 at this time.
Please keep up to date by using our website link below. 
The plan is to have worship available on line.

Kristin will be in the church office Wednesday March 18 to 12:00 pm. She will be in the office Thursday from 8:00-10:00 am, Monday 8-12 and Tuesday 8-12. If you need to reach her outside of office hours you can email her at office@saintpaulclinton.org or leave a voice mail  563-242-4102. I will be checking voice mail and email throughout the day. 

There is a link on our website where you can give electronically, you can drop off your offering to the church during office hours, or you can mail your offering into the church. 715 S. Third Street Clinton, IA 52732
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Here are some things that you can be doing suggested by Bishop Burk:

• Take care of one another and of the people into whose midst you’ve been called. You may have seen this quote from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:

Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and foot that we physically place between ourselves and another, must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.

• Set aside a specific time each day to pray. For some it may be noon. For others it may be first thing in the morning. It does not need to be a time alone. Pray on the phone with others. Your time of prayer can include study of scripture, again with others.

• Consider fasting from social media for a time each day, especially the sites/accounts by which people seek to stir emotions in ways that lead to dis-ease.

• Care for yourself and those with whom you live. Reach out for help when needed, especially if you are feeling anxious.

• Be at the ready to encourage those who are fearful, and to share the hope that is in you.

Again, I thank God for you and for the opportunity to accompany you on this uncharted journey. Remember, the power of God is present for the thirsty and the water of God flows in times of need.
Christ is with you,

Bishop Michael L. Burk

Sharing God's unconditional love and promise in Jesus Christ with all people. Becoming known as a progressive, inclusive community of faith. 
Resources for Lent from the Southeastern Iowa Synod:

https://seiasynod.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2020/01/2020_Lenten-Resources_2.pdf

Lenten Daily Devotions
https://seiasynod.org/lent/

Be Still and Know That I AM Love


Being still does not come naturally to me. I built myself around this lie: What I accomplish makes me worthy. Looking successful makes me loveable. But there is no way to win at being still. Being still is not a marketable skill. It’s not even an item on my to-do list: I get no endorphin burst from checking it off! It is therefore terrifying, because being still takes me to the fear at my very core: Will I be loved and accepted for who I am, apart from my successes and achievements? 

And it does more. It takes me through that fear to the healing truth that’s deeper than the lie. My truest self is belonging-in-itself. My life is hidden with God in Christ: it always has been and always will be. Practicing being still, I’m becoming more free to be, without justification. This frees to help us succeed together, instead of pursuing success all by myself.

“Jesus loves me” cannot be understood by running the numbers or by vigorous debate. Jesus’ love cannot be approached objectively, only subjectively. This love has been placed within you and only there, within you, can it be discovered as the One Saving Reality. 

What if Psalm 46 is God whispering to you, “Be still and know I love you”?
Faith Question For The Week

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

One of my teachers was born blind. He had a complicated relationship with this chapter in the Gospel of John. He loved what Jesus said and did in it and the boldness of the man born blind. He hated how so many Christians read it.

Because he was blind, Christian leaders quoting Old Testament prohibitions tried to deny his calling to become a pastor. It pained him to hear the many hymns and sermons that repeated the “blindness equals sin” metaphor.

I remember the powerful sermon he preached about “the eyes of faith.” He talked about the “lenses” we rely on, instead of trusting God. When he took off his thick, heavy glasses and invited all of us to do the same, I and many others wept. To trust that his blind and uncorrected eyes were truly “eyes of faith” was incredibly moving. God includes and loves our eyes as they are and our “uncorrected” selves!

The metaphor Jesus used here in John is “seeing equals sin.” Jesus praised humbly accepting one’s blindness and warned against what these religious people did: self-righteously claimed to see clearly, as they damned and threw people out. 

But Jesus wasn’t out there criticizing anyone. Can you see love in Jesus’ interaction with everyone in this chapter? It can be an act of love to hold others to a higher standard of love...when you do it with love. But this is such an angry age, we don’t have many role models.

Look to Jesus, who would rather be stoned than thrown stones. Ask God to help you trust what you cannot see: Christ in every one and every thing. Ask for wisdom to discern what, here and now, really is love.
--PC

Reminder, News, Events
At this time the service committee is still planning on providing Easter Baskets for members of our community.  They would like for food donations to be dropped off at the church in the kitchen. Church will be open Thursday 8-10 am, Monday 8-12, Tuesday 8-12. If you would like to drop off food outside of these hours you can contact Roberta Jurgersen. 
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Intercessory Prayer from the Lutheran World Federation
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Click here for March 15, 2020 Worship
This Weeks Readings
March 22, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Lent


1 Samuel 16:1-13

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41
 

 

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