But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.
(1 Thessalonians 2:17-20)
Thank you to all who joined our drive-in service yesterday–even though interaction was limited, it was so special to be together once again. And this coming Sunday, June 28th, regular services resume at 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM.
The Scripture above speaks authoritatively to our current situation:
- We were torn apart–no warning
- “…in person, not in heart…” My affection for you (and I know I speak for all the pastors), has grown over these three months. Last Friday night we recorded our 15th service with no congregation present. I am grateful for the technology, but so tired of speaking to a camera instead of a congregation.
- Satan hindered us. All this isolation has been an opportunity for growth as we have been stretched, but our enemy has also tried to use it to quench the work of the Spirit in our lives. We cannot let him get the upper hand. It is one thing to be apart when we cannot meet, it is another thing to be apart because we choose to.
- For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? For you are our glory and joy. As Paul felt about the Thessalonians, I feel about you all.
You may ask, will the streaming of the service continue? Yes it will. But let that be your “back up” not your “go to.”
Real ministry is enhanced when we are together–
- We set apart the Lord’s Day as special
- We get to use our spiritual gifts
- We enjoy personal fellowship
- We celebrate the Lord’s Supper with our brothers and sisters in the Lord
- Our fellowship is a place where unbelievers see first hand the grace of God at work
- We have a physical place to bring those who are seeking the Lord
- Worship, live worship, is such a joy!
However if you are not well, please stay home. If your physical condition is very compromised so that any sickness would be extremely serious, please wait to join us.
But if that does not describe you, take your place among us as we re-gather next Sunday.
All grace to you,
For a fuller treatment of re-gathering, please see this article: 10 Reasons to Come back to Church after COVID-19