This morning when I opened facebook, a post from Pastor Bill Masciangelo greeted me. Bill was the Pastor at the UMC our founders broke away from last year. Under his leadership the church flourished not only in gifts, but in saving souls and bringing many to Christ and a church family relationship. He retired, but was called by the Lord to return to ministry in a multitude of ways. He now Pastors at a growing church in Moncks Corner, SC.
From Pastor Bill and Smyrna United Methodist Church
Good Saturday morning church.
Last night I got called out for a Hospice patient who needed to see a Chaplain. I entered the hospital through the staff door. I was screened, temperature taken and finally authorized to enter. FYI. I work part time at this hospital. I was on call. The floor I visited was being converted to a floor just for patients who have been tested and found positive for this virus. They are expecting a large number in the coming weeks.
The hospital was eerily empty as it had a no visitor policy. The parking lot was empty. Staff had on masks and people passing in the hallways gave each other space. Very strange indeed in this new world order.
When I got to the room I introduced myself and got to know more about the patient. Bottom line: The patient was begging for forgiveness out loud to God and wanted reassurance from me that she was saved. I led her in prayer and together we then said the Lord’s prayer. She had to be coaxed line by line. Sadly, her memory was not the best. Driving home it hit me. She was like a Psalmist writing one of these powerful psalms. Thus, I selected Psalm 130 for today’s word for all of us. Visiting the hospital brought the headlines home to me.
Psalm 130 King James Version (KJV)
130 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
The Word of God for the People of God. Amen
Pastor Bill Masciangelo
MONCKS CORNER SC