Connecting In The Midst of Crisis
March 18, 2020, 9:25 AM

Connecting In The Midst of Crisis

PSUMC folks, so I told you in the email that I sent last week that I would use facebook and our church website to connect with you keep you up to date on happenings. So, here I am.

While we can’t meet in person, I do think we can find ways to stay involved and stay in God’s Word during this time. We will join in Bible study via Zoom at our usual time, 5:30, tonight. We are continuing the Isaiah study, but even if you haven’t been a part of the study, please feel free to join us. You will need to let me know so that I can email you the link to join us.

There are also multiple online Bible studies available. I am going to post a link to a free N.T. Wright study being offered for the next couple of days.

I am still working on bringing you worship on Sunday, via facebook live, but do plan to have things in place by then.

With all this time on my hands, I have been pondering and praying and want to share a few thoughts with you. Like many of you, I miss our time together and I have heard folks say that we should never let anything stand in the way of worship. That was my first thought about all of this, but as I began to ponder it all, the Holy Spirit led me to Philippians 2:3-4 which says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” While you and I may not be in the high-risk groups for this illness, many in our congregation and community are and we need to consider them before our own desire to gather to worship.

Then this whole idea of worship and what that means, got me to thinking about how we have had so much freedom to live out our faith and to worship that, I believe, we have become somewhat selfish. We view this as “our time” to worship and gather. While gathering is important, we can and should be worshipping God all the time, not just when we gather on Sunday morning.

I think of other groups of people that have had to find creative ways to gather and to worship. I think of the early church that often had to hide in fear. I think of the underground church in China, and how they would tear pages out of the one Bible that they had, so that everyone could have a piece of their precious Bible to read and to study. I think of the time I was in Russia and the folks talked about how hard the government made it for them to live out their faith. This is the first time I know of that we, as Americans, have really had our faith tested in this way. So we can choose to rise up to the challenge and find creative ways to continue worshipping, or we can go around bitter and mad because we can’t gather on Sunday morning.

We have been given this gift of technology which allows us new and different ways to connect. Let’s use it for good. We often talk about being the church outside the walls of our building, and while I am not advocating you go out and expose yourself or others to this virus, I am saying that we have been given this gift of finding ways to be the church for those who may need our help.

We have been given this amazing gift of time in this season of Lent. This time of self-reflection as we journey with Jesus to the cross. I don’t think it’s an accident that we are in this season. I’ll be sharing more about that later. For now, will you share ways that you are continuing to connect with Jesus and each other as we seek first the Kingdom of God.

Blessings,

Pastor Cindy

 



Comments

03-20-2020 at 12:45 PM
Carol Fuller
Thank you, Pastor Cindy, for reaching out to us for worship. Praise God who will never leave us or forsake us!
03-20-2020 at 5:55 AM
Paige Shuff
Thank you for a good reminder, Pastor.
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