A Letter From The Pastors
Beloved in Christ,
The question is this: how can we be the Church during a pandemic? The Church is Christ’s body in the world; the Church is the way Christ spreads his love and hope and the message of his Kingdom in the world. How we do that when we’re being asked to stay home in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19? Well, we can be prayerfully creative, and that’s what we intend to do.
“Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) While our physical health rightly requires social distancing in a pandemic, maintaining our spiritual health means we can’t let that lead to social isolation.
Here are some of the things we’re recommending:
Worship Together Online
We will be meeting online every Sunday at 4:30pm. On this website, click on “Worship Online”. If you can’t worship at 4:30pm click in later.
Take Care Of Your Soul
Pray, read scripture, meditate, practice solitude, fast, and other daily and weekly practices that keep you connected to the Lord and remind you of how mighty and wonderful He is; that we have no need to fear; that He has conquered death; that we will never be alone. Read Psalms 23, 24, 46, 47, 93, 96-100. There is every reason to have hope in this anxious time as we stay closely connected to the God of hope.
Pray for those who are sick, caring for the sick, and others directly impacted
See the 7-Day coronavirus prayer guide on this website, as one example.
Maintain creative connections
As people loved by God we want to respond as His beloved children in this “new normal.” We need physical distance, but not human isolation, especially for the most vulnerable. Turning from physical contact with others must not cause us to turn away from each other, but rather turn toward each other in better, deeper, and healthier ways. In ways that are safe be intentional with one another, neighbors, colleagues, and friends.
Find safe and innovative ways to love and serve our neighbors
Write encouraging sidewalk chalk messages outside others’ homes in your neighborhood. Find ways to bring groceries or meals to people/families impacted by the virus, economically and/or physically. Be creative at finding tangible ways to love.
Let’s be wise in following CDC guidelines and do our part in slowing down the spread of the virus, and yet inventive about how we can be people of hope in a world desperate for the God of hope.
With love in Christ,
Pastors Gayle and Tom