Chimes November 2019

Psalm 117
Psalm 117:1-2  “PRAISE the LORD, all you nations!  Extol him, all you peoples!  2  For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.  Praise the LORD!”
Well there you have it.  The shortest of all the Psalms and yet how appropriate for this season. 
Praise the Lord all you nations. Extol him allyou peoples.  This is a universal call for a joyous song of thanks-giving.  A recognition of the all-encompassing love of the Creator. 
It’s a call for praise and thanksgiving unbounded by national pride or borders. 
It’s a call to extol; what is “to extol”?  To Praise enthusiastically.  And weren’t we extolling last Sunday at our little Sunday Service.  I felt it.  It was joyous!  The Holy Spirit is present in our midst.  She is undeniable.
It’s a call to open our doors and open our hearts and to share the blessing that we experienced, the uplifting of our souls. 
Life is not always kind but the love of the Creator is steadfast and enduring.
Let’s take hold of all opportunities to share the what we have experienced in that joy in the Holy Spirit!
Peace and Happy Thanksgiving, Pastor Steve

October 2019

Your Dwelling Place

Psalm 84:1-7

84:1  How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

Looking around at the beauty of the area in which we find ourselves living today, how can one help but appreciate our “dwelling” place.  Nestled into the Hudson Valley, sheltered from most severe weather and other natural extremes.

Indeed, the sparrow, swallow and the Bald Eagle all find their homes here along with the with the host of creatures we love to coexist with and I guess a few we’d just as soon not see at all.

84:4  Happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise. Selah. 

Holy One, we can only give thanks for the blessing of Your House, which is all of creation, of which we are not only a part but “caretakers or stewards” as well.  Your House, our earth, so powerful and abundant in life and yet apparently not without limits. 

Your gift of imagination and ingenuity have led us to each new source of energy and power driving our social and scientific development.  Although we have not always foreseen the future effects of our current driving force, we pray that the same imagination leads us to a cleaner planet for all of Your creation to be in.  Even today, as we contemplate leaving our earth to walk on other worlds, let’s not leave a dying planet but a thriving world.

84:5  Happy are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 

Yes!  Happy are those of us who do find our strength in the presence of the Creator.  As we gather together each Sunday to praise and worship, we strengthen our hearts and our resolve.  We long for our hearts to truly become “highways to Zion”, highways to the Holy One.  Together we will be livers of the greatest commandment, “Loving God above all and loving our neighbor as ourselves.”  Respect for Creation and love for all people. 

Peace, Pastor Steve

Monthly Public Healing & Prayer Service

August 31st, 2019
10:00 A.M
Special Guest Speaker: Annamarie James

Monday, September2nd, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8;00 p.m.
Soaking Prayer is soaking in his presence (no water is involved). Come and relax while some scripture is read and quiet music plays in the background.
The prayer team will come and pray over you in silence for your concerns.
Location: Rhinebeck United Methodist Church
83 E. Market Street, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Contact: Pastor Nan Ernst 914-689-6116

Annamarie James studied Pre-Med Physiology at Michigan
State University, New Testament Literature/Greek at Alliance
Theological Seminary and received her MBA from NYACK
College. Currently she is a member of The International
Gathering of Beth Rapha in Pomona, NY. Prior to Beth Rapha,
she served as a youth pastor, Sunday school teacher, and a
minister in training at By God’s Grace Ministries in Beacon,
NY. Annamarie received the Lord as her Savior at a very young
age. She was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church as an
infant, raised up in the Episcopal Church.
Annamarie is grateful for her journey in Christ being among
the various denominations in Christ and being able to
understand and have compassion for the beliefs each hold.
Annamarie participated in Tres Dias #79 and took Level I, II,
III of SHP (school of healing prayer) and was commissioned to
serve as a Prayer Minister for the Yorktown Healing & Prayer
Ministry She loves to help others and has a listening ear for all
who needs to “talk