Pastor's Letter – March 22, 2020 – A Fire of Coals

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

John 21:9

Dear Church and Friends,

It feels funny not to be in church on Sunday. My routine is completely turned upside down. Change is hard to take especially when it’s not a change that you didn’t ask for, agree to, or anticipate.

The disciples in John 21 were wrestling with a change in their routines. Verse 1 starts off with these words, “After these things.” There is always a period after, isn’t there? Jesus is already there waiting for his men to come ashore to their “after.” He’s already there waiting for us to come ashore as well. He’s ready, with fish and bread.

The video journal is a little longer today so I’ll let it do the rest. But find comfort in knowing that our Lord has gone before us to prepare and provide.

I told you that these correspondences would change and grow. So I’m going to add a new element today – music. My son Aaron has a video of choral music for O Mighty Cross that he conducted. I thought it appropriate for this Sunday’s letter.

Prayer Requests: Today look at the 40 Day guide our State Convention has produced for Ohio.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion

  • Question 7: What is God?
  • Answer: God is a (a) Spirit, most (b) perfect, most (c) wise, almighty and most holy.
  • Question 8: What do you mean by calling God a Spirit?
  • Answer: That God has no body at all; and therefore must not be thought to be like unto anything which may be seen by the eyes of man.
  • Question 9: Are there more Gods than one?
  • Answer: No: there is (a) only one God though in that one Godhead there are (b) three persons.

One last treat for today. Check out this poem, Back Pew, by a poet I follow on WordPress. May God bless you as you walk with him.

All my best, dearly beloved.

Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.

John 21:12

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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