For What It’s Worth...Church Life during Covid-19
Well a lot has changed in the last month! Covid-19 has altered the arc of our lives (if only for a few months). Social Distancing tells us to stay away, don’t touch each other, keep 6 feet of distance between you and others. Social Distancing is certainly needed at this time in our lives together in. order to limit the transmission of the virus (especially to those who are vulnerable). I understand that need very much - and that it must become a part of our reality as a church family. For the good of our. community, we have postponed physically worshipping together – But I grieve that (needed) action more than a little bit (even though it is the right thing to do).
I keep thinking on Hebrews 11:24-25
“And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as in the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we are “in error” by postponing our gathered worship – we did the right thing in making that decision. And even though we can no longer gather in a physical way we actually can still gather in worship together in a virtual way. This past Sunday, we began offering our online worship service in both audio and video formats. I certainly invite you to take part! Services will be streamed live each Sunday at 9:30 am inside our church sanctuary and then posted to our website shortly thereafter (the goal is by 10:55am). The live stream is available on Facebook (which is a mystery to me as a non-facebook user), otherwise the website (www.goodshep.org) is the place to find the recorded content.
The theme in Hebrews 11:24-25 is that we need each other! We need each other to help guide us in living the way of Christ – The Kingdom of God. We all need that help! Our verse in Hebrews says it
this way, “to provoke one another to love and good deeds”. So, I hope you will take advantage of this “safe way” for us to continue to be a worshipping body during these difficult days; and may your
encounter with that worship experience spur you to live God’s Kingdom this and every week.