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

In the midst of these continued days of the Covid-19 pandemic with restrictions and public health orders loosening and then tightening again, daily life is frustrating, uncertain and overwhelming. During times like we are living through now, it is more important than ever to hold to our faith and to remind ourselves and one another that God is everywhere.

During the season of Advent and Christmas we often talk about God as Emmanuel, which means God is with us. During these July days let’s think about God with us, which has been a truth that has always been. In Deuteronomy, Moses reminded his successor Joshua of this truth that God would be with him and that God would not “fail or forsake” him.

2020 is our 175th anniversary year of being a faith community in Sun Prairie. That means our church had been in existence for nearly 75 years when the flu pandemic hit in 1918. Churches had to close for in-person worship and ministry then, as we are now and find new ways to connect with God and be the church as the body of Christ.

There was a poem written by a Methodist Episcopal Church pastor serving in New York during the 1918 pandemic that offers words to remind us even today that God is with us wherever we are. The poem entitled “When Churches Are Closed,” was written by Raymond Huse and published in October of 1918. I invite you to prayerfully take in the words of this poem and hear the ancient truth that God is everywhere.

May we remind ourselves and each other in these days that God is with us and that God truly is everywhere.

Peace,
Jenny

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The following Poem written by Rev. Raymond H. Huse,
“When Churches Are Closed”

If Christian folk must always pray
Within four walls of stone,
How sad ‘twould be to close the church
And leave the town alone!

But Christian folk may also pray
Beneath October skies,
Whose veil of blue can scarce conceal
The hills of paradise!

And in the quiet spots of home,
With those we dearly love,
With emboldened spirits may we seek
The grace of God above.

And most of all within the heart,
Far hid from sound or sight,
The human temple’s inner shrine,
Where glows the inner light,

Undimmed “when all the hosts
Of ill are most abroad,”
There, with no intervening priest,
We all may speak with God.

So let us keep our gladsome trust
This churchless day of prayer,
And prove again the ancient truth
That God is everywhere.

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