Here is the message from the Worship Service email sent out to congregation members for Sunday, May 24, 2020:
Hello to the Circle of Friends of Cawthra Park United,Greetings for this last Sunday in the season of Easter.I have sad news to share.Jane Hedden called earlier Friday evening to let me know thatJosephine Peers has passed away.During my first year at CPUC, Josephine was able to come out to Sundayworship fairly often. Her daughter once commented that it amazedher to see an elderly woman like her mother showing enthusiasm for the days,and how she enjoyed her church.We started to miss Josephine when Alzheimer dementia stopped herfrom getting out to worship.A special word of thanks to Susan McRorie who was faithful in herwork as the Pastoral Care lead of the congregation to send cardsand have a visit on the front porch with Josephine.The family has said that Josephine did not wish to have a service.I invite you to remember Josephine in your own way.I did not know Josephine as much as others, but I seem to recall her helping with coffee hospitality on a few occasions in 2017.I remember Josephine enjoying the congregational fellowship and the worship.There were conversations about some of the challenges she had lived through.We did have a good experience singing Christmas carols at her door one Sundayafter worship in Advent, 2018. It was appreciated, although Josephine found it too coldto stand at the door for more than a few minutes.These pandemic times remind us of how important it is to keep up connections.This is a key in being the Church. You can tell it by Jesus’ final prayer for the peoplehe called his own.I was ‘away’ this past week at a preaching festival. The event in Atlanta was cancelled.Instead the event went virtual, on-line.One of the speakers was Stacey Abrams.Abrams is the woman who ran for Governor of Georgia, losing only marginally.(Kemp 50.3%, Abrams 48.7%).
We may have heard a sermon from the next Vice-President of the United States,if Joe Biden continues to be the Democratic offering and if he chooses Abrams as his running mate.The service for Sunday May 24 lifts up Jesus’ farewell prayer.Community connections change.Those with whom we have shared church suppers & fellowship, singing, and the mission of the Spirit grow old and pass on.Babies are born and embraced with the love of God.We pray on tomorrow:– on making it through a pandemic,– on the renewal of creation that we see happening quickly with less carbon-emitting activity going on.We remember those with whom we have shared such faithful work.We have been enriched by our walk together. We are grateful for their life.We miss them when they are gone.The peace of Christ be with you.Rev. Jeff Werner