I don’t have to tell you how mind-dumbing the news has become. A virus has driven the world’s economic and medical systems to their knees. We are encouraged to stay home. We are encouraged to keep our distance. We are instructed to wash our hands often, intentionally. With all of this, how does the church be church together?
First, the “church” is not the building. The church is you. The church is in voluntary isolation. The church is standing in line at Costco or Fry’s waiting for needed food and supplies. You are the church wherever you are.
Many of you are staying home. Thank you. If you are, would you help us be church-together? Here’s what you can do. Get your church directory and “call a page” each week. You can start on the page your name is on. Call everybody on that page. Ask how they are. Is anyone in their family sick? Is there anything they’d like the Pastor to know? Is there anything they would like you to pray for? You can use these times to make connections, to make friends, and to hear the voice of another adult.
These are difficult days, but they are temporary. Pray for the scientists to discover an antibody. Pray for the medical researchers to unveil the secrets of COVID-19. Pray for your family, friends, neighbors, and our world leaders.
The prophet Isaiah wrote to the people of Israel during very difficult days in their lives. “Do not be afraid, for I have called you by name, and you are mine. Though you walk through fires, you shall not be burned; and though the waters rage and swirl around you you will not drown. For you are precious to me. I have called you by name, and you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1-7