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For me, Bobby McFerrin will forever be linked to the song, “Don’t Worry; Be Happy”--

“Here’s a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don't worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble

But when you worry you make it double

Don't worry, be happy

Don't worry, be happy…”

And then comes my favorite part!

(Ooh, ooh ooh ooh oo-ooh ooh oo-ooh)

be happy!

Honestly, I can get so caught up singing in my best Jamaican accent and belting out the Ooh, ooh, ooh oohs that I neglect to truly listen to the invitation McFerrin is offering.

In the midst of rent needing to be paid and other troubles that come our way we hear, “Here, I give you my phone number, when you worry, call me…” Ironically, he doesn’t promise to buy us furniture, pay our rent, fix our problems, or take away our worries, but we are reminded that we are not alone.

Of course, those are only lyrics to a catchy tune and I doubt McFerrin is giving his number out for when we’re worried. So, I guess it’s up to us to support one another, encourage one another, be there for one another.

So why aren’t we?

Are we worried someone might take advantage of us? Are we worried we might have to give up an hour or two of Netflix?

Are we worried no one will not be there for us in our time of need?

Maybe it’s time to listen once again…

"The weight of worry drags us down,

but a good word lightens our day."

--Proverbs 12:25

Pastor Jo

February 8, 2020

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I don’t know about your house, but ours has a bit more football-talk going on than one would imagine - especially since our Saints didn’t make the play-offs. Like many, we’ll be cheering for the LSU players who made it to the Super Bowl (we have them on both teams). Who will be our new head coach? What about a quarterback?

I don’t know about your house, but whoever wins, retires, or coaches doesn’t affect our day-to-day lives. We still have obligations to fulfill, chores to do, and bills to pay. We have our lives to live. We have our own victories and defeats.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians he offers much advice about how to face the wins and the losses - the hellos and the good-byes. Some of his words are stern, others with tenderness. Yet, all are filled with love and compassion. The Christians in Corinth were facing so much change - not only in the home team, but in their faith. Their day-to-day living was being challenged in ways they had never imagined. Paul challenges them in different ways - notice ways to make the world around you a better place, strive for unity no matter which team you’re on (or cheering for), and no matter what - never forget that Jesus loves you.

Or maybe the ancient text says it best…

"I don't know about your house, but as for me and mine - we will serve the Lord.”

The Journey Continues!

Pastor Jo

February 1, 2022

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Little foxes in the vineyard… the straw that broke the camels back… remind us of how “insignificant” things can become overwhelming. No major disasters or disappointments… just those pesky details that refuse to fall into place. We’ve all had those days. I’m actually having one of those days today!

And then comes yet another a reminder. Oh wait, this is a reminder to pray for unity. It is this reminder that invites me to step away from the minor mishaps and step into the community that is ours through prayer.

“Eternal Creator; immortal, invisible, God only wise:

With these words, we quiet ourselves before you again with awe and reverence.

We thank you for this day, a day that is new and fresh, a day we do not deserve,

but a day you have given us. We praise you for your graciousness

and your steadfast and generous love…”

As I continued reading aloud, I notice my rushing thoughts beginning to settle. As I lift up words of confession and proclamation, I imagined my voice joining a chorus of other voices who are willing to stop for a moment to lift up a prayer for unity.

This prayer may not result in everyone turning weapons into plowshares, but it has ushered me into a moment of stillness, of sacredness, and a moment to pray for the greater good… and maybe that is how unity begins…

Pastor Jo

January 25, 2022

Day of Prayer for Unity

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