Sunday, February 15
The Lord’s Day
Minute for Mission: Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing
Back in 2001, people from National Capital Presbytery, its Lewinsville and Immanuel congregations in McLean, and Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church had a dream—to build an affordable assisted-living facility in northern Virginia. This determined group overcame many roadblocks, including county requirements, complaints from neighbors (“There might be too much noise!”), and more. God faithfully answered prayers, and in fall 2007 the doors of Chesterbrook Residences, the area’s only multi-income assisted-living facility, were opened. What a joy for so many who had worked so hard to make this a reality!
I have been volunteering there for over a year now and see firsthand the compassionate care provided. They truly are addressing the body, mind, and spirit of the residents. Families can rest assured that their loved ones are being cared for with the utmost respect. The facility is beautiful and welcoming. It provides many activities and amenities, but what would all of that be without the incredible staff? Surely, God has assembled these “angels of mercy,” who give lovingly and compassionately to all in their care.
Members of Lewinsville and Immanuel Presbyterian also enjoy giving their time to play games with the residents, help with crafts, and staff the store. What a joy to watch and also be a part of such a loving community!
On Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing Sunday, we are reminded that ensuring community health requires everyone to get involved. We work together to secure a place at the Lord’s table for everyone—a place where the gifts of all God’s people are valued, supported, and affirmed. For more information on this emphasis, visit.
—Betty Ann Keiber Yurkewitch, RN: faith community nurse, Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, Virginia; member, leadership team, Presbyterian Health Network, Presbyterian Health, Education, and Welfare Association
Let us pray
Gracious and loving God, we are grateful for the witness of those who worked together to make the dream of Chesterbrook Residences a reality. We ask that your healing presence would surround the residents and that your love and guidance would support the staff and volunteers. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sunday Lectionary and Hymns
2 Kings 2:1–12
“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
“Come Sing to God”
GTG 805, PH 181
2 Cor. 4:3–6
“Guide My Feet”
GTG 741, PH 354
“Lord, the Light of Your Love is
Shining” / “Shine, Jesus, Shine”