Barre Congregational Church

30 Park Street
Barre, Massachusetts
Quarantined By Fear
By Julie Schwab
(The following was taken from "Our Daily Bread)

In 2020, an outbreak of the coronavirus left the world in fear. People were quarantined, countries were put under lockdown, flights and large events were canceled. Those living in areas with no cases still feared they might get the virus. Graham Davey, an expert in anxiety, believes that negative news broadcasts are "likely to make you sadder and more anxious." A meme that circulated on social media showed a man watching the news on TV, and he asked how to stop worrying. In response, another person in the room
reached over and flipped off the TV, suggesting that the answer might be a shift in focus!

Luke 12 gives us some advice to help us stop worrying: "Seek His kingdom"(v.31). We seek God's kingdom when we focus on the promise that His followers have an inheritance in heaven. When we face difficulty, we can shift our focus and remember that God sees us and knows our needs (vv.24-30).
Jesus encourages His disciples: "Do not be afraid, little flock, for the Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom" (v.32). God enjoys blessing us! Let's worship Him, knowing He cares for us more than the birds of the air and the flowers of the field (vv.22-29). Even in difficult times, we can read the
Scriptures, pray for God's peace, and trust in our good and faithful God.
What's causing you to fear today? What's one thing you can do to seek God's kingdom when you begin to worry?

Loving God, instead of living in fear and worry, help me to focus on Your care for me. Amen.

To be good stewards, I believe God wants us to take care of ourselves as we seek His help.

Deb P., Chair of the Stewardship Committee
Stewardship
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What Is Stewardship?
Stewardship is recognizing that all we have is a gift from God, all we have belongs to God, and all we have is to be used to serve God and enjoy God.

What Is the Goal of Stewardship
Ministry in the Church?
The goal of stewardship ministry
in the church is to lead people into spiritual formation that allows them
to trust God, to serve God, and enjoy
God with all they are and all they
have.

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