This week is the Sunday after the Ascension of Jesus, which is observed on the Thursday, 10 days before observation of the Day of Pentecost.

This Sunday is also Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial Day, previously called “Decoration Day,” honors and mourns on the last Monday in May, the military personnel who have died while serving in the U. S. military. This year, we include those heroes who have lost their lives fighting the “coronavirus” pandemic

Over the years, Memorial Day Weekend has come to be known more for being the unofficial beginning of summer. And so, it is usually a Sunday of low church attendance as lot of folks make their first trip to the beach or other vacationing venues.

With more beaches open this weekend amidst of this COVID-19 pandemic, my prayer is that people will practice social distancing, wearing masks when in close contact with others.

It is a new world that we are living in. It is so easy during these times to retreat from even doing the things that we can do to show Christ and be Christ to others in these challenging and extraordinary times. One thing that hampers our effectiveness as followers of Christ is, we allow ourselves to start projecting what going on with us onto God, thinking, where is God in all of this?

The sacred text, I Peter 4:12-13, has a word for us. “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corning.” (The Message)

In other words, “God is still on the job and you should be too!” Join us for worship this Sunday at Covenant by zoom or Facebook live stream. This is the sermon title based on “Ephesians 1:15-23” and “I Peter 4:12-14 & 5:6-11.