A New Normal #17 – Prayer
May 7, 2020
The National Day of Prayer: after many years of gathering at the gazebo behind City Hall, sometimes with 60 people, sometimes as few as 6, or 8… After many years we find that CoVid-19 has impeded our freedom to do so this year.
Hearts turning to God in this way is a good thing. 2 Chronicles communicates, “[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
A New Normal #16 – Testing
May 5, 2020
It is clear that the last few weeks, the future weeks, and months will be times of testing. International agencies will be tested for their efficiency and accuracy. Governments will be tested financially and otherwise. Businesses will be tested for their stalwartness. People will be tested for their resolve. Hospitals will be tested. Churches will be tested. Financial institutions will be tested, and the lot goes on. Many will simply survive, some will come out even stronger, in effect reinventing themselves, and some will succumb to the present measures of adversity.
A New Normal #15 – Keep Your Eye on the Ball
The end of this week will mark the fourth week of our shelter-in-place. I must say that I am very impressed with the resolve of most of the people to whom I speak. People are forging ahead, they are intentional about accomplishing what they can, and still seeking to honor the social distancing guidelines. Yet, a few chinks in the armor are beginning to show in us all.
Pastor’s Update April 10, 2020
Hello Bishop Creek Community Church,
Well, today marks the end of week three of our shelter in place. I do know it has been easier for some than others. I hope you are well, and that God continues to sustain you during this sequestering.
As with other churches we are still trying to dial in DigiChurch, as to how we can best use the present technology for the glory of God. We are doing Sundays Facebook Live and have tried to do a couple of Wednesday nights through Zoom.
A New Normal #14 – Normalcy
April 9, 2020
There is certainly something in the heart of man that seeks and craves “normalcy.” Even if it is “leaks and onions” back in the land of slavery, we are comfortable with normal, even if it reaches the extent of routines. I like my coffee in the morning. I like my digital gadgets. I like the things to which I have become accustomed; I like the certainty of things working the same way as they did in my world the day before. Not that those normalcies are always good, but, I am comfortable with known patterns.
A New Normal # – Shaken April 7, 2020 In little more than a few months, it has come on with a vengeance. It was universal, struck quickly, and deeply, like falling into a well. As such, it will be a long, arduous climb out of this pit. In the swell of concern,...
A New Normal #12 The Superhero
April 3, 2020
Every superhero story seems to begin the same way. The bad guy, the villain, is introduced to the world engaged in nefarious acts of superlative mayhem, plotting to undermine the City, through some extravagant mechanism. The hidden bomb, the virus – the vial of vile, the orchestrated catastrophe. The clock is ticking and lives hang in the balance.
A New Normal #11 – Rhythms April 2, 2020 After a couple of weeks in lockdown I would imagine that many of us have attacked that long to-do list that has been hovering for years. Firewood stacked – check. Lawn and garden tidied – check. Garage cleaned and swept –...
A New Normal #10 – Connections
March 31, 2020
I would imagine that there aren’t too many churches that aren’t struggling with how to do church in the crazy age of CoVid-19. In the course of a couple of weeks, the virus has set us back on our heels and forced us into a pretty steep learning curve of the digital realm. Some have figured it out better than others (Bishop Creek is so blessed to have Kyle sharing his many gifts with us!!), but the overall opinion is that this is not the “new perfect”, even if it is the “new normal” for a while. We find ourselves not “going” to church, but rather, attending “E-Church.”
A New Normal #9 – Commodities
March 27, 2020
It seems many commodities are running in short supply nowadays: Toilet paper, bleach, water, hand sanitizer…It appears that patience and trust may be running a little thin as well. People, in the course of dealing with this diabolical menace, are running into supermarkets in order to gain some level of peace. We can’t really blame them too much as it is one way we deal with the anxiety of the day; purchasing goods that may help us deal with the potential problem helps us to think that we are doing something.