We are “the church on the way to the ferry” in the beautiful coastal town of Southport, North Carolina. Our congregation draws from communities of Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes, St. James, Bolivia, and more. We joyfully strive for inspirational worship, theological study and spiritual exploration, social engagement, and vital multigenerational life.
Paul ends his first letter to the Corinthians with this, “My love is with all of you in Christ Jesus.”
While we may not be able to let others know we love them in person,
we can share our love through pictures and heartfelt messages!
See the love grow!
A Message from Pastor Joanna:
On Sunday, I mentioned how I end my day. I spend time each evening looking up stories of people sharing goodness and joy during this hectic time. Today, I am astonished at door and window decorations. I don’t know if you’ve seen them in your neighborhoods or online, but people are decorating their windows and doors so as people pass by on their daily walks, or as healthcare professionals and essential employees travel to work, they have something joyful to see. Each decoration is a reminder that people care about their neighbors. I have seen supportive notes, hearts, drawings of animals, and so much more. This movement is reflected online with the hashtag: #AWorldofHearts.
Today, I am thinking about children and youth. I know so many things are unknown and overwhelming as sporting events, playing at friends’ houses, games, and activities with friends and classmates can’t be done in person.
Paul ends his first letter to the Corinthians with this, “My love is with all of you in Christ Jesus.” While we may not be able to let others know we love them in person, we can share our love through pictures and heartfelt messages!
So, children and youth, if you would like to join me in this movement (adults you are welcome, too!), let’s draw hearts and tape them to our windows. Send pictures of your art, and we will share it on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SouthportPresbyterianNC/ or firstname.lastname@example.org for sharing on the southportpresbyterian.com website.
God of our hearts,
We pray for those who feel alone, for those who are suffering, and for those working to save others. Be with our friends, families, neighbors, communities, and world as we find ways to let others know we are here for them. We pray as Paul, to let our neighbors know, “my love is with all of you in Jesus Christ.” May we all know a world of hearts.
Thank you. God. Thank you, God. Thank you God.
Prayer for Others
Loving God, I bring to you someone I have communicated with or remember today,
and for whom I want to pray …
I bring to you someone who is hurting and needs prayer …
I bring to you a troubled situation in our world, and ask your help …
I bring to you myself, that I might grow in generosity of spirit, clarity of mind,
and warmth of affection…
O God of life, of all life and of each life, renew me, and renew us all,
with your life, today, tomorrow, and always. Amen.
is to be an accepting spiritual home for all,
actively glorifying God, sharing in the love of Jesus Christ
and witnessing to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Celebrating a God whose love never fails
Embracing and supporting all people at any stage of life,
Nurturing growth in each unique faith journey
Serving others with humility, compassion and justice
As disciples of Jesus Christ, led by the Spirit, we are committed to:
Deepening our relationship with God and each other
Discerning God’s will for our church
Caring for our neighbor and one another
Cherishing differences knowing we are united in faith
Acting as faithful stewards of God’s abundance.