The Spring Church COVID-19 Update April 17, 2020
Remember the Easter greeting Christians all over the world said last Sunday? “Christ is risen!” “He is risen indeed!” Well, I read a few days ago that in some Orthodox Christian communities, a third phrase is added:
“I can see him in your face.”
I love that! It made me realize how much I miss seeing each of your faces in this time of physical distancing, how grateful I am for Zoom and Facetime that have given me moments of seeing you on a screen, and how much I long for the time we can be together again. I can see him in your face Springpeople! And I read an article in Sojourners this week that reminded me of how important it is that we “see” him in others’ faces as well. Jesus said in Matthew 25:31-46 that when we serve those in need, we are serving him.
See Jesus in the faces of the most vulnerable
In the article, Wes Granberg-Michaelson pointed out that many of us have the luxury of sheltering in place because we have adequate space; we can wash our hands because we never have to think about soap and hot water; we could exchange post-Easter greetings in safety with the technology we own.
“What faces we see, either in person or in our hearts, carry a sacred and saving significance…See the faces of the Navajo family 40 miles from Gallup, N.M., living without running water, making choices between dishes and hands…Or the migrant in India, where national sheltering in place means crowding into homeless, wandering masses. The Syrian refugee crammed into a tent …
“How does the powerful, redemptive, healing promise of the resurrection become real in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic?… One [window] opens when we see the face of Christ in each of those rendered most vulnerable and most likely to be inflicted by the deadly, silent, invisible spread of this virus.” This takes aggressive policies and practices, as well as sacrificial services, and marshalling financial and human resources in global solidarity, he said. “But it begins by what faces we see.”
This is a time to see not only our own needs, but our world’s. This is a time to pray not only for ourselves, but for others in whom Jesus makes clear he is present (Matthew 25:31-46). This is a time for world leaders to lead well and for us to urge them to do so. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Our lives and wellbeing in our own nations are inextricable linked to the health of the rest of the world.
In Christ’s love, Gayle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tom (email@example.com)
New Sermon Series Begins Sunday – Finding God In The Storm
We’re living in the midst of the biggest storm that most of us have ever experienced – a global pandemic. For the next few weeks, in our sermons we are going to be looking at various storms in the Bible and how people found God in the midst of them. We’ll begin this week by looking at the devastation the people were living through in the book of Joel and the way we learn from him how to complain. From the prophet Elijah, we learn how NOT to deal with isolation (I Kings 19). We watch the disciples in a storm wondering – does God care? We’ll look at Job being overwhelmed by grief. And we’ll also look at good things that emerge in the midst of storms. Our hope is that we will all find God in the storm in some new and powerful ways!
We will worship at 4:30. Join us during the Zoom greeting time at 4:15 with and a question/comment time immediately after worship. Info is at springpeople.org
We can help with financial or physical needs
If you are in need of financial help, or you know someone who is, let us know. If you are in need of help with practical things – groceries, errands, or other things, let us know. If you want to serve those who are in need let us know. Remember, “I can see him in your face” as we do these things.
Several members have asked for regular updates on how our giving is compared to our budget. Our giving for January through March is summarized below:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your faithfulness in giving. Some of our community are suffering financially at this time. If your income is not suffering, please prayerfully consider stepping up to help pick up the slack.
On our website you will find links to access
· Worship Services
· Zoom Calls
· Song PDFs
· Ways To Give (Thank you thank you thank you for your faithful giving in this difficult time!)
· Links to our Facebook and Instagram (so you can see the short mid-week videos we’re posting)
· COVID-19 Resources
· Updates & More