Wow, what a week we have had. We all thought that time change, a full moon, and Friday the 13th was going to be bad, but we never thought about a pandemic entering the scene. We met last Sunday, but had many that watched our service via Facebook live. (In fact, we've had over 100 views so far!) At this point, it looks like we'll be doing that again this week and may not have a Sunday gathering in our building.
Remember, the church is not located at 1016 112th Street South in Parkland. It is located in Parkland, Tacoma, Puyallup, Lakewood, Graham, and wherever you live. We, the believers in Jesus Christ, make up the church; it is not a building. We gather on Sunday mornings, but we scatter throughout the week. We are the church wherever we are at home, work, or school.
With the concerns over the COVID-19 and the risks it brings, we are more often the church at home. So the question is "How can we be the church during this crises?" Remember, you are called to be God's people, a priesthood of believers, in the world. Let me offer a few suggestions on how you can be the church during this time.
First, pray! We should pray for our church members who may be at risk of getting the virus and pray for everyone's health. Pray for our neighbors and their health during this time. Pray for doctors, nurses, first responders and those that have to go to work for them to remain healthy. Pray for our nation and state leaders as they make decisions in fighting this disease.
Second, check on your neighbors. Give them a call to find our how they are doing. If they are elderly, offer to get groceries, medicine or other needed items. You may even help them learn to do online ordering, though many seniors are more tech savvy that I am. Just be friends, with many staying home loneliness becomes a problem.
Third, remember to worship God, who is our Great Physician. We will offer our worship services on Facebook Live on our church page, not the group page. We are looking at other digital ways to do ministry in small groups, look for more information about that to come. Stay up to date on this website.
Above all, follow the precautions that I'm sure you are aware of and doing. Don't panic, we'll get through this together. Romans 12:12 says, "Be joyful in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer."