Please Be Praying

“He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.” - Psalm 23:3b

Fourteen months ago, nearly to the day, I sent out an e-mail to the Session, calling a special meeting to address the growing Covid-19 pandemic. I was still in a state of shock as I wrote it, hearing about schools and sports leagues shuttering their seasons and keeping everyone home. As a classic under-reactor, I had figured it would all blow over quickly, but the sense of unease was growing, and I felt, and still do, that the only faithful response was to pray and to gather and seek God’s direction forward.

We’ve been through a lot in these fourteen months. Pauses in gathering for in-person worship, pauses of our daycare, pauses in gathering on-campus for our office and ministry staff. We’ve made adjustments to our worship, our gathering procedures, our policies and practices. And we’ve added new ministry and ministry opportunities, doubling the number of recovery groups we host, putting out weekly midday concerts with Kenton, hosting the Ministerial Association’s Pop Up Food Pantry.

And just this week, we are getting some very positive news that as a community, as a state, as a country, we’ve made huge strides towards health, safety and moving on from this pandemic. While we grieve the nearly 600,000 people who have died due at least in part to this disease, we also grieve the isolation and emotional toll this has taken on our community over this time. Our hearts break for the families of those who have lost a loved one or their livelihood. And while we continue to pray for them, we also seek opportunities to support and promote their healing - physical, emotional and spiritual.

The question remains, how best can we, as a church, as a community of followers of Jesus Christ, serve those around us and promote the whole-self healing? Our Session is gathering next Monday, May 23 and in the meantime, I would ask that you, all of you, pray for God’s guidance and direction.

I want nothing more than to be faithful to Christ in the work that we do. I want us to show and shower this community with Christ’s love… and I recognize that looks different depending on what is going on around us.

So I’m asking, ahead of the Session meeting, for you to please pray that we can discern what God is calling us to do in this moment. Whether God is calling us to adjust our policies and procedures, and if so, how so, that we can be faithful and loving to those that are in and those that we want to welcome in.

As you pray, please reach out to me or to members of the Session. If you feel God leading you to share something in particular, please let us know. But reach out to us, even if it’s simply to say “I’m praying!” As we talked about on Sunday, being united together is POWERFUL! Let’s make sure to engage the power of God through the person of Jesus Christ, who is with us!

Welcoming You to Grow in Jesus TOGETHER!

Pastor Don

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