Pray 2020, our basic theme for this year as a church, is more meaningful now than earlier this year. Remember to pray for your neighbors who may be afraid, not only of what’s happening now, but of what the future may look like. Pray for local, state and national leaders who are making hard decisions and looking for answers. They carry heavy responsibilities in these days and desperately need our prayers for God’s grace, strength and discernment. Pray for doctors, nurses and other people who are on the frontlines of the battle against COVID 19. Pray for healing and protection of people literally around the world. Pray for missionaries who may have new opportunities to show the love of God. Pray for God to be glorified through all of this and that his love becomes very apparent.
This is probably already obvious to all of you, but there will no meetings/services of any sort this Wednesday, March 25 or Sunday, March 29. There will be a video posted on Facebook and a link sent by email again this Sunday.
The church building continues to be locked. The office will be staffed each day from 8:00-4:00. Please call the office at 691-2096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know has a need and cannot or should not get out of the house. We have a number of people who are standing by ready to pick up and deliver groceries, medications at the pharmacy or helping in other ways. After 4:00, call or text staff on their cell phones or contact a deacon in the same way. We want to serve any way that we can.
I read yesterday an article written by Chris Hall, which included some very good reminders:
“Life can surprise us. It doesn’t surprise God. God possesses the breathtaking capacity to transform difficult situations into opportunities for personal growth and unexpected ministry.” We need to keep our minds and hearts open to new ways to meet new needs.
“God is not limited by external circumstances.” We might be stuck at home but what is God teaching us through these days of isolation? He is not limited by the circumstances we are facing. He is still at work.
“God always gets the last word. Not fear. Not disillusionment. Not disappointment. Not sickness. Not death.” God is calling us to “life, resurrection, hope, love, faithfulness, courage and perseverance.” He is calling Woodland and all of us who know Jesus Christ to faithfulness in a new environment. We are called to respond to these fast-changing circumstances with wisdom and compassion. We need to aware of new opportunities God may be providing in the days and weeks ahead to be the hands and feet of Jesus—to share the Gospel in situations we couldn’t imagine just a few weeks, or even days, ago. God is faithful. Even though we cannot physically meet, may we walk together in faithfulness as God’s Spirit leads us.