“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for that is the will of God for you who belong to Christ Jesus” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Just two weeks ago we were worshiping together in the All Saints sanctuary. This Sunday, we will hold our second “Drive-In” worship. While the Council’s original decision was to suspend in-person worship for two weeks, it now appears that we may be wise to stay “at-a-distance” for longer. As always, we will do our best to stay up-to-date with the latest recommendations as well as to to praise God in all circumstances.
As we seek to remain firm in our faith during this trying time, our mutual calling is summed up by this verse from 2nd Timothy: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” Although it is easier said than done, our God gives us the strength not to give in to fear, despite an atmosphere of anxiety. In addition, God gives us a spirit of self-discipline, so that we can work together with the whole global community to curb the spread of this virus through efforts of social distancing and isolation. Through God’s power, we can rise above the temptations to panic, despair or give up.
In this time, technology can be a blessing and a curse. I urge you not to let news or social media overwhelm you with negativity. Take breaks – even day-long breaks – from online sources to help you maintain a sense of peace. However, we are finding ways to use technology to keep us connected as a church family. Not only are we are employing radio technology to hold Drive-In services (more information on the website), but we are also using online resources to provide a sense of spiritual connection during this time. Please visit our Youtube channel for daily devotionals as well as recordings of Sunday services. Please also check out our (private) Facebook Group as well as our new (public) Facebook Page for messages of encouragement from your leadership.
Please know that your pastors are praying for you. We have been working on reaching out to our at-risk and homebound members. Please, take a moment and reach out to us with an email or a phone call (we are still checking the church voicemail) to let us know how you are doing. We miss you!