Dear Central friends:
I believe that one of the ways our Lord will be exalted will be through the quiet acts of compassion and faithfulness that his people demonstrate in this season. Here are some encouragements and suggested guidelines for our life as “the church scattered” in our homes and neighborhoods. Pastor John encouraged us in Sunday’s message to let this “interruption” be an opportunity and reminded us of Central’s three discipleship questions and how we can live them out right now.
How are you spending time with Jesus? In this time of disruption, new rhythms can and must be developed for our personal walk with Jesus. Children’s Ministry is sending out suggestions for families. Central’s Lenten Devotional is one resource (www.centralpc.org/adultmin and click on Lenten devotional) and we will have others to share with you. Keep praying and spending time in God’s Word.
How are you connecting with other Christians? We encourage this to happen through technology — Google Hangouts, texting, phone calls. Please refrain from meeting in-person, but do not refrain from checking in with one another. We are counting on the “priesthood of all believers” to care for, check on, and support everyone in Central’s community. Should situations of urgent financial or other need arise for someone you know, something that is beyond the resources of yourself or your group, contact me or Linda Ferree (Linda@centralpc.org) and we will work together to address these needs as we can. We are all in this together!
How are you blessing your neighbors? For the time being, one of the ironic ways we care for each other is through social distancing. As time goes on, new opportunities to bless others may arise. One way to bless others is to pray, keeping our eyes and ears open for opportunities. The deacons have a history of excellence and experience with situations of crisis and Central also has funds designated for neighborhood initiatives. Share your story with us. Where have you seen God at work in your networks and neighborhoods? Is this something that someone else could replicate in their neighborhood?
This is the church’s moment! The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:11
In His name,