“God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:8 [NIV]
Dear Faith Family,
We are all missing small and large things that we have easily taken for granted—a 12-pack of double-ply, lunch at our favorite spot, Easter Sunday face to face with loved ones. As the quarantine life continues, the list grows. Indeed, the Lord is calling us to contentment in so many ways.
We have now missed five Sundays of gathered worship in person. We are really starting to feel the effects of social distancing! We can’t help but wonder whether some of our anxiety, some of our stress and fear, is due to our inability to be present with one another. One of the primary means God strengthens us with in difficult times—the presence of one another—has been taken from us. We simply grow better in the greenhouse of community, not in isolation. It is in Christian community that we read the Word and hear it preached (2 Timothy 4:2), join our voices together in prayer (Acts 4:24), sing praises to God (Colossians 3:16), bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), give sacrificially (2 Cor 8:2), encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), witness baptisms together (Acts 2:41-42), and celebrate the Lord’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:17-34). All of this creates a deep longing for one another over time!
Join us in praying that our present distance will only fuel our desire to gather once again—to unite our hearts in Spirit led worship of the risen Christ to the glory of the Father!
Meanwhile, do all you can to stay connected to the church:
Call someone in your Bible Study class— talk and pray with one another over the phone.
Most people are willing to make time to pray these days!
Join a Zoom Community Group (please call any one of our pastors for next steps)
Engage in Sunday worship: sing aloud, hit “pause” to meditate and pray, discuss the biblical passage
with your family (if single, call a friend and discuss)
Finally, remember that God is on the move! It is thought that on this past Easter Sunday more people around the world heard the gospel for the first time than any other day in history. Our great God uses uncertain times and unexpected ways to accomplish his purposes.
It may never be easier than right now to serve your neighbor and to open a conversation about Christianity and the gospel. The blues are runnin’— let’s go be fishers of men!