On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Pastoral Relations Commission approved the short term appointment of the

Rev. Sung-Ran Kim, beginning March 22, 2020 as the minister for Countryside United Church.


 Staying Connected in the Love of Christ

 

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine,

or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35, 38-39)

 

Dear Everyone at Countryside United Church

 

As you know, all of us at Countryside United Church have been informed to stay safe at the place where we are now as physical gatherings for worshiping on a few Sundays should not be held because of the global pandemic situation.

 

It is true we are in a difficult time now. When we hear and experience what is going on in us and our global communities, we experience pain together. However, we should not despair as we can keep praying for the Spirit of God which will empower us to overcome these difficulties. We will take deeper care of our faithful lives with one another at Countryside United Church through praying and sharing our spiritual ability that God has given us.

 

At this moment, we, Countryside United Church, pray for one another. We also pray for our beloved ones, our families wherever we are. We pray especially for the healthy and peaceful stay in every place we are now. We also pray for our workplaces, the farms and the businesses where we have responsibilities and whenever we encounter any difficulties. We pray for our country and global communities.

 

Though we could not see face to face today in the sanctuary of the church building, I believe every person at Countryside United Church who has the faithful relation is deeply connected in the Love of Christ. At this moment we would like to expand every moment to be a worship moment as we live in the faith. I pray to God for sending us the Spirit of God to transform the place where we are now to be a sanctuary in our hearts. We believe God is with us wherever we are now. We meet God through worshiping God in the spirit and the truth that God is with us at any moment and at any place we are.  

 

Especially, I hope all of us deepen our prayers for our fragile and vulnerable members at Countryside United Church. We keep praying to God for protecting our members who are weak. We also need to support one another to sustain our faith community in the Spirit of God despite these physical distances.

 

We believe that we, Countryside United Church, will be tied more firmly as Body of Christ through praying and sharing the spiritual abilities God has given us at this moment. We will enhance and deepen our faith in God through the spiritual tying that could overcome this inevitable physical distancing.

 

As I contemplate the letter to Romans, I believe we are convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).

 

We believe God will lead us into flowing streams of healing for sustaining the life given by God. We believe we need to take care of one another for our lives given by God in this difficult situation.

 

We, Countryside United Church, keep praying for God’s healing grace for us.

 

If any one of us would like to share any specific prayer requests at this moment,

I hope all of us feel free to share them for praying. We can put the prayer requests in our prayers list.

 

We also believe even though we cannot say anything in words, the Spirit of God will hear our deep prayers in our hearts.

 

This prayer will be kept moment by moment.

 

With Peace in Christ for You,

 

Rev. Sung Ran Kim



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