None of us have experienced a pandemic such as this. We are living in uncertain times, but we can continue to trust in our dependable God who loves us and is with is now. Recall some words from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount that I shared with our staff this week. I believe these are familiar words to many of you, but sometimes we need a reminder.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Our family lived in Des Moines during the “Flood of 93”. God was with us, and we got through the crisis. We will pass through this crisis too, with God and with each other, even though we are not able to gather as we normally do.
To seek to protect our community and beyond we will not be having in person worship for at least two weeks, possibly longer. I am really hoping that the major part of this pandemic will be past so that we can safely and legally gather for Easter, but we do not know whether or not that will take place. Even if that does not take place we are still people of the resurrection. As most of you know, we are blessed to already have our weekly radio broadcast in place allowing us to worship with our church family in our homes. Tune in your radio to 99.5 for our broadcast at 9:30 Sunday mornings. In addition, we are planning to make video streaming available through Facebook Live.
To be more than a preaching service I am recruiting a small group of our people to make these services a reality. Sue and I plan to share our messages and I am asking a few to provide music. Then we need someone to care of sound for our radio broadcast and a videographer. Doing this, we are restricted to having a maximum of 10 people. Pray for this effort to ministry to our church family and others who may worship at home with us. We plan to email the bulletin to you.
Please let me know if you have specific needs or may be aware of those of others so we might try to assist them. You may be aware of the fact that I am not able to enter care facilities or hospitals to make pastoral calls during this pandemic. However, I would still like to know of the needs of our people so that I can pray for them and perhaps contact them by phone or computer.