PASTOR'S CORNER

PASTOR'S CORNER 

Drive-In Services and Livestream
 
            How many of you would have believed me if I made an announcement during a Sunday morning service this past January that this April and May we would be holding our services only through drive-in format or livestreaming?  It might not only have been hard to believe but also offensive.  However, sometimes we learn the hard way that God has a different plan than we have for ourselves, even for the church.  I understand that this has been a very difficult time for each you as you navigate the waters of how live your life during the pandemic.   As a church family, we share the inconvenience of it together.  As I have continued here in the office during the week for my weekly sermon and Bible study preparations, I often walk the halls looking forward to the return of the weekly activity in those halls we share as a church family.  We all miss the sound of piano and the sound of the choir on Sunday morning.  We miss the fellowship we enjoy with our Sunday school classes.  We miss hearing the sound of the children in the nursery.  There is so much we all miss about being together.  In the Lord’s timing, He will bring that back.  However, right now God has turned the page in the story He has written for creation  before the foundations of the earth, and this is the next chapter in that story.  We all anticipate when He will turn the page to the next chapter and the name of the chapter will be “Return to the Church”.  Can you imagine how the Jews felt after the temple was destroyed by Babylon in 586 B.C. and the Jews didn’t have anywhere to worship while they were in exile?  They went over 70 years we have only went one month without being in the building!  The Jews couldn’t gather together during in Babylonian exile even in the most creative ways such as we have through drive-in services or livestream.  I want to invite you if you have not done so yet to join in for worship during this time through our drive-in services and livestream.  We are learning how to do things with excellence more and more each week.  If we haven’t mastered it yet, please don’t lose patience or elect to not participate with your church family.  Though we may not be in the building, we are still a local body of believes and we should all stay committed to that local body.  We ask that you allow us to improve week by week while as you stay involved.  The mission is always to make the most of Jesus and raise high His banner in everything we do as a church.  Now is not the time to give up or walk away.  Let the world see in your everyday life and the church that the light of Jesus shines even brighter even during what seems like dark times.  I hope you will join in.  Hannah and I love you and we do miss you.  We are praying for you each day.

Pastor Kestler Ruth