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4/28/20 Weekly Update from Pastor Dave
April 28, 2020, 12:46 PM

***This is a copy of the letter I send to our members who do not have access to the internet or Social Media. It is a simple way for me to communicate with the church as a whole.  Be sure to email me or comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about the content of this message.***

 

Dear church,

 

Another week has passed, and we are still doing our online service, and I'm again sending CDs out to you. It seems like the weeks have gone rather quickly in a sense. I don't know precisely why it feels that way, but it looks like my Sundays come very quickly. I enjoyed the opportunity to do a topical sermon this last week. It was fun to be able to engage in a concept and in an idea that I think is relevant to each one of us. I hope that it is not a distraction to take a break from my expository and verse by verse explanation of a text. I've noticed that many people like doing a brief time of expositional preaching and then hitting more of a topical sermon. I am always learning how to be a more effective communicator and a better preacher and pastor. Thank you for being patient with me through this.

 

Well, from the sound of things, it appears that the state of Missouri might be loosening up some of the mandatory stays at home regulations in the next few weeks. I want to be cautious not to jump too quickly on what that will look like and how that will work for us. I will be meeting with a group of leaders from the church on Wednesday evening in a zoom meeting. We will discuss what possibly moving back to on-site worship service will look like for us. If you're like me, you are longing to get back together, but you don't want to rush back too quickly in a way that might cause people to get sick.

 

There is a delicate balance to this whole situation. I am asking you to be very specific and to pray that God would give me wisdom and our church wisdom. I've been so fortunate to be able to meet with deacons and a few other ministry leaders to make decisions on how we should move forward with things. We have consulted health professionals, and we're doing the best we can to maintain a safe transition back to normative worship. I'm sure in my letter next week. I will give you a few more specific details.  As for now, please be in earnest prayer for our church as we move back and think about moving back to normative worship. 

 

Many of you do not get a chance to see online services, but they have gone exceptionally well. I was very thankful for the music that Cray and Jesse recorded two weeks ago. They played some of our church's favorite hymns and made them available on Facebook Live. It was great to hear people from our church leading worship. From what I understand, there will be some more videos like this in the coming days. We are so fortunate to have such great and talented musicians and worship leaders. I do miss getting to sing songs with you all. I miss being able to have Chantel lead us and Rob play for us in our Sunday morning gatherings.

I look forward to a return to that.

 

 

I want to challenge you this week to be very serious in praying about our reconvening worship services. I ask you to pray that you will be resolute in your faith and be able to transition back to the community of the believers that we have at our church. Pray for the future of our church. Pray this time away will give each of us a greater love for the gathering of the body. Pray that God will use this time as an opportunity for us to reach out as a church to the community. 

 

I want to leave you with a few final thoughts that I think are very important to us as a church. During this time away, have you spent time with God and with your family in a way that has drawn you closer to him? During this time apart, have you invested in your relationship with the Lord? During this time, have you been praying for the church in a way like never before? During this time, have you asked God to open your eyes to spiritual things?

 

I cannot answer any of those questions for you, but I do hope there are things that you have considered. If you have not already considered some of those things, then I hope that you will use the rest of the time that we have during this stay at home order to invest in those things.

 

Dave



Comments

04-29-2020 at 6:02 AM
Christina Green
Psalms 91 😃 Love & prayers everyone.. God is in Control. Here with Grateful Hearts. Have a blessed day. Keep shining!!!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️
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