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The NSUMC had a successful day at the Salem Scramble event on September 24, 2022. To check out some photos of the event, please click here to see the goings on with the NSUMC participants and their supporters!

​The ​North Salem United Methodist Church

Two Continuous Hours of Traditional Christian Hymns

​​   Sunday Morning Worshp Services - Live & Recorded 

Over Three Hours of Contemporary Christian Music

Lauren Daigle

I Believe!

A View From The Pew!


October 2, 2022

The Old Testament readings in this week’s Revised Common Lectionary share a theme of patience and endurance in hard times -- and hard times primarily of our own doing at that. In the readings from Lamentations the writer speaks of the pain and sadness of the Jewish captives in Babylon. And their captivity being the result of their turning from God’s ways while they were still in the kingdom of Judah. But, the writer realizes his, and Israel’s, affliction is the result of their own actions, their own rejection and their ignoring of God and His ways. But the writer also acknowledges God’s unending mercy and kindness; and he knows his suffering although a heavy weight, indeed, is also going to end, that it is a period of “correction” (as opposed to mindless punishment) that will result in eventual restoration.

The writer of Lamentations closes the outpourings of his miseries of captivity with the following declaration:

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."

And finally, in another of the selected readings in this week's Revised Common Lectionary, the Prophet Habakkuk had this to say to God's people as they waited for the restoration of their exiled nation. It was written:

“O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?”  And, he goes on to write:

"Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay."

Not only did Habakkuk's words speak to Ancient Israel of the captivity, his words speak to, and were primarily for, the Church today. For it was a vision for an appointed time; it speaks of the end (times.) It speaks of the time we now find ourselves in.

Moreover, God, through Habakkuk, assures us that the end of the age will come when and as He determined. Again, Habakkuk reveals the Word of God to us when he wrote as above:

" speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay."

So yes, this week's Old Testament readings speak of patience and endurance as we await the end of this age when Christ returns and restores all things and brings the kingdom of God to earth -- the very kingdom of the Good News that Jesus proclaimed just about 2000 thousand years ago. 

Have no doubt, if our days of enduring the cruelty, pain and selfishness of this world seem endless and without any real hope of escape, and the Day of our Lord's return seems to be unlikely or perhaps just a foolish fantasy, simply wait for it; for it surely comes and will arrive exactly as prophesied (Habakkuk 2:3). Believe God and believe His Prophets. All will be fulfilled in its time; and for sure, that time is soon to be upon us!

Come Soon Lord, Jesus!