My hope is…
My hope is, when we are able to come back to the buildings on Sundays in the days ahead, we will come back stronger in Christ, closer as families, and more effective as disciple makers.
Over the years, I have often wondered what would happen if we were forced to do church in a scattered way. I always pictured it being because of persecution. I never imagined an unseen enemy like this virus could cripple a country like it has. And yet, here we are. Thankfully, we are able to worship via Livestream and equip our families and people with classes and Zoom interactions. My dog, Charlie, and I are able to laugh, pray, and encourage you and give you updates every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 7p. Pastor Bill is providing encouragement to our seniors every Monday with updates and every Friday with laughs. If you haven’t seen Bunker Bill’s reports, they are great! On Wednesday nights, our middle schoolers are meeting at 6p and our high schoolers are meeting at 7p. We are transmitting hope every single day! Our deacons, women of care, college, and twenty-somethings have been checking on our people every day. Great ministry is happening! I am grateful.
My prayer for our congregation is Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14–19:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
My prayer is that each person and family is seeking to impact our homes, our neighbors, and every generation with the hope of Jesus. If we do, we could see an amazing harvest and have to spend an entire Sunday doing nothing except baptizing new believers. God can do it. We can join Him in this life-changing work.
Let’s all pray toward that end and do all we can to make this prayer a reality.
Until we are able to gather together, be of good courage. Be wise with your time. Don’t waste any of it. Be careful with your relationships and do the hard work that makes marriages, families, and friendships work. We often are too busy to take the time to have the conversations and discover the depths of God’s goodness and our need for transformation. We can right now. Let’s not waste this opportunity. Let’s make the most of it!