Dear Church Family,
"Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
2 Thessalonians 3:16
A cartoon shows a poll taker speaking to a woman. Behind them a houseful of rowdy children are trampling flowers, hanging out of the windows, and fighting. The pollster asks, “What do you mean 'undecided'? I just asked if you live here?” We can see why the woman might be tempted to wonder if she really belongs in that situation. No one wants to live in constant strife. We have an old song that says, “This world is not my home. I'm just a' passing through.” God didn't intend for us to live in a state of ongoing conflict, yet we have constant turmoil in this world - with sickness, uncertainty, violence, and deep division assailing us daily. In the verse above we're assured that in the midst of turmoil we can still have peace. It comes from our Father who is consistently strong and faithful. He supplies an inward peace that reaches us at all times and in every circumstance. Notice the first word in the verse: “now”. We don't have to wait until things improve or we deserve it. It's readily available. May our Lord help us take hold of this gift and welcome others to experience it with us. We now have worship services at 8:30 and 10:00 each Sunday morning. We practice social distancing and other safety measures, including our governor's new order for everyone to wear a mask. (Whatever we think about these rules, the Bible tells us to obey authorities in Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17). For those who need to stay home, you can see our service on our website (www.cranechapel.org), on YouTube, and on DVD. Let's stay connected.Contact us at the church office if we can help you in any way. God bless you!