4.40 Dynamic Dunsford News from The Pews for the week of March 29, 2020

 

Mission Statement

 

We strive to be a welcoming Christian family, seeking to demonstrate the spirit of God’s love through worship, work, growth, and respect for all creation. We endeavor to be aware of, and responsive to, the needs in our community and beyond.

 

Greetings All

 

We are not alone. Christ’s light shines in each of us. Please, share communications with others. We all need spiritual care through these times, sharing light to each other. Our phone calls, texts, emails,social media,  zoom and other virtual connections draw us together. Lift up hope.

 

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INFORMATION OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Judy A. for this email:

 

 We do not want more mutations of this virus.

Taken from COVID 19 Canadian physician group 


"Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share this to others who don’t understand.

It has to do with RNA sequencing...i.e. genetics.

Seasonal flu is an “all human virus.” The DNA/RNA chains that make up the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year. You get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by getting a flu shot.

Novel viruses come from animals. The WHO tracks novel viruses in animals (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of H1N1, birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once one of these animal viruses mutates and starts to transfer from animals to humans...then it’s a problem. Why? Because we have no natural or acquired immunity. The RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus isn’t human, and the human immune system doesn’t recognize it, so we can’t fight it off.

Now...sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to human. For years it’s only transmission is from an infected animal to a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human to human. Once that happens, we have a new contagion phase. And depending on the fashion of this new mutation, that’s what decides how contagious, or how deadly, it’s going to be.

H1N1 was deadly, but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly as the Spanish flu. Its RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its host differently, too.

Fast forward.

Now, here comes this Coronavirus. It existed in animals only, for nobody knows how long. But one day, at an animal market in Wuhan China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to people. At first, only animals could give it to a person. But here is the scary part. In just TWO WEEKS, it mutated again and gained the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick ability, “slippery”.

This Coronavirus, not being in any form a “human” virus (whereas we would all have some natural or acquired immunity), took off like a rocket. And this was because humans have no known immunity...doctors have no known medicines for it.

And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to human lungs.

That’s why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1, or any other type of influenza...this one is slippery AF. And it’s a lung eater. And, it’s already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two strains to deal with, strain S and strain L.

Credit to Estrelita Estrella

 

Are you washing hands for twenty seconds. Have you been singing songs to ensure you are thoroughly washing. Consider offering the Lord’s prayer as you wash this week.

 

Offering:

Remember in this time of Covid19, we are the offering more than ever. In your offering of prayers, in your time of “be-ing” and “do-ing,”in your creativity, in every time you notice the awesome wonder of God. May God bless the offering of all that we are and all that we have.

The following is a transcript of the Sunday March 29 2020 worship Gospel reading and message. Email me if you want a full transcript.

 

The worship service from my kitchen table  is available at the following link:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70izQSNT6JI&feature=youtu.be

 

If you are receiving this as a print mailing, invite someone who phones you who has internet access to put their phone on speaker phone and watch with you. It could be a neighbour, family member, friend or perhaps even a PSW worker who could share via their phone or tablet with you.

Lent 5 March 29

This morning I am going to read a portion from John 11 the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Leading up to this, Jesus was with his disciples when he got word from Mary and Martha, that their brother Lazarus, Jesus’ friend,  was sick, but Jesus delayed leaving. He arrived days later to the grieving sisters and community. Lazarus had been dead four days and Martha and Mary, each amid their tears and grief, shared in great lament, if only Jesus had come sooner, Lazarus would have been saved. Picking up with the story, we are outside the tomb where Lazarus has been buried, reading from verses 33 to 44 of Eugene Peterson’s, The Message, a contemporary Bible.

33-34 When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within him. He said, “Where did you put him?”

34-35 “Master, come and see,” they said. Now Jesus wept.

36 The Jews said, “Look how deeply he loved him.”

37 Others among them said, “Well, if he loved him so much, why didn’t he do something to keep him from dying? After all, he opened the eyes of a blind man.”

38-39 Then Jesus, the anger again welling up within him, arrived at the tomb. It was a simple cave in the hillside with a slab of stone laid against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.”

The sister of the dead man, Martha, said, “Master, by this time there’s a stench. He’s been dead four days!”

40 Jesus looked her in the eye. “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

41-42 Then, to the others, “Go ahead, take away the stone.”

They removed the stone. Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and prayed, “Father, I’m grateful that you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.”

43-44 Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face.

Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”

May the Spirit move in us through these words.

 

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Message of March 29, 2020 May the words of my mouth and the thoughts and meditations of all our hearts be open and may we each receive what we need today, bringing you praise and glory. In Jesus name. Amen.

So what resonated with you in the story. Were you grabbed by the connections to wonderings “if only…” If only we had known a month ago, that trip, that activity, that disagreement, that need we thought we had … If only we could know about exposure and risk, protection and should we have done something different? Life choices, might be resounding within us. We cannot control the past. Let it be there and draw comfort in this present moment, this is the time we have choices over, even if they feel more limited than we are accustomed to.

Perhaps you are swept up in the raw emotion. Mary’s crying. Martha’s crying. The community is crying. Even Jesus is crying. Hearts filled to breaking weep in grief, in loss, in what feels out of control. Did you connect with the two mentions of Jesus got angry. It all just got to him and he got angry. Angry and he wept. Can we relate? We are entombed with the wrappings of COVID19 putting us into bubbles, the safety of our home, if we are fortunate to have a home, that are places of sanctuary, while  being shelters of self-isolation, by choice or quarantine order. Some homes are sectioned off into safe space within as home dwellers live separately in self-isolation for safety. We feel the emotion. Fear at times grips us. We don’t know what to do with being immersed in a grief journey that orders into our safe spaces, for which we are so grateful. We have new understandings and definitions for what hero and heroine mean. Our emotions can be real and raw.

Perhaps you connected with the words of Jesus prayer… “I am grateful.” Wow! Jesus too went from tears to anger to deep gratitude. In prayer Jesus speaks to God, I am grateful and you have listened to me. I know you always do listen.” Now those are words of assurance we can all relate to.

Live into holding tight to being grateful, to believing God is with us in all this. Keep holding that.

Wait Sharon you might be saying, I heard that. However you missed a next word that resonates for me.

you have listened to me. I know you always do listen, but… But! We’ve all had lots of Yeah, but” wrestlings through these few weeks. Remember Jesus “but” was a reassurance for the benefit of others. Jesus never doubted, knew he did not have to declare his conviction. He simply lived it, believed with every fiber the connection to the divine. Angry, weeping, praying gratitude and belief.

On with the story Jesus shouted, shouted… What tone do you think it was that Jesus used. How do you need to receive that tone in you. Lazarus come out! Authoritative power and conviction? Compassion and welcome. Joy and miracle!

So let him loose from all the wrappings. Lazarus come out. We want out to play, to hug, to hold each other, to be the social beings we are. We want to be creatures of habits that are ours. In these days we find ourselves, these unprecedented days, we have moments where we are feeling wrapped in cloths holding us tight. At times we don’t have enough cloths to wrap us safe enough, N95 masks, protective clothing, disinfectant, gloves,  and more disinfectant. We so want to sanitize the stench of our fears and the real situations we live with. We yearn for the day to be let loose, but in order to do so, we have to stay the course. We have to stay safe. We have to elevate ourselves about the if only… We have to hold on to “I am grateful.” We are so close to our Easter joy, so close as we continue this wilderness Lenten journey. The hope is blooming, growing, rooting. We may connect through virtual reality but what a gift. We may connect with others through a glass door, but it makes our hearts sing to behold our neighbour. We will continue to weep, to be angry at times, but we do not have to doubt. Our prayers are being heard and this “coming out” is being birthed and renewed, lived out in new and unexpected ways. Breathe deep and take hold to the possibilities to keep breaking down barriers, unwrapping injustice and really taking hold of what it is to love our neighbour, valuing humanity and all of creation. Common struggles for new life and new hope. Let’s keep moving to where the creed and the colour and the name won’t matter. Humanity working together, we can do it!  We live miracles each day. We are grateful! Amen.

 

Next worship is any moment in any day. Create your own at home or outside in nature, look on-line and listen to an archived service. pray for the ones you are with, the ones you cannot be with and all of humanity that we are gathered together in this common situation.

 

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Peace, Justice, Grace and Blessings,

 

Sharon

 

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1981 Sturgeon Rd,

Dunsford, ON

K0M 1L0

Phone:  (705) 793-2511

Email: dunsfordunitedchurch@bellnet.ca

 

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