A New Normal – MEETINGS – This Week’s Worship Service Will Be Entirely Online
March 20, 2020
Sundays at 11:00am PST (No Facebook account required.)
Well, this week has been a wild ride and one we could not have even guessed would fall upon us 7 days ago, much less 3 months ago. This week’s events have taken us from a restriction of public gatherings to less than 50 persons. Monday saw that change to no more than 10 persons. And Thursday night’s edict in California was a restriction to remain in our homes.
Quite simply we do not know how to do this… the country, the community, the church, or personal households. We are all trying to figure things out in real time. I hope you are using your time of “social distancing” well. I hope at the end of this crisis, we don’t say I binged on Netflix for 72 episodes of… or I watched 90 zillion hours of news. Rather, I hope there is some measure of productivity: Bible reading, memorization, study, prayer, phone calls, letters, acts of service. Now is a good time for all of those things, including reading of other books, and times of achievement.
As far as acts of service, our volunteer team at Bishop Creek Community Church has been growing, ready, willing and able to serve. If you, or anybody you know wants to join the team or could use a hand with, food, errands or whatever – let us know. We are here to help.
I visited the Salvation Army on Tuesday to see if there were any pressing needs in the community. I was informed that the Soup Kitchen, and the Senior centers are both closed. They are the two primary venues which provide meals through the week to many individuals. The Salvation Army and IMAH are both still offering food assistance. Though the need is not yet dire, the Salvation Army could use canned goods, soups, veggies, etc., and always peanut butter.
On a final note, I want to let you know that in light of the present-day restrictions on gatherings we will not be engaging in corporate worship on Sunday at 700 Hobson Street. This will likely be the case for at least a couple of weeks as we allow things to get a little more clear. Please join us on our live feed on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/BishopCreekCommunityChurch/ (No Facebook account is required.)
We will try to keep it short. We realize that it is not ideal for God’s people to worship this way, but deem it prudent for the time being.
Please pray for churches all across America and the globe as to how to navigate these present challenges. This is not something which any of us have had to deal with.
Please pray for those who are at high levels of risk, for their protection and ongoing care.
Please pray for the healthcare professionals and assistants who are on the front line of defense and support.
Please pray for our governmental leaders, all of them, for wisdom as they make their decisions.
Please pray for the hearts and decisions of the leaders in the church.
Please pray for hearts of individuals to be softened in light of the current events. There may just be a few more opportunities to let your light shine with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Don’t be fooled. God is still doing something in the midst of this chaos. Don’t miss an opportunity to be a part of it.
Overall, people are behaving really well, but there is growing tension. Now is a good time to extend a little extra grace.
“…walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, With all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2.