The Weekly Word...
Dear Church Hill Family,
The theme of UMC is “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” Social distance is the most important action that we have to take for all of our safety. However, when the world is struggling with COVID-19, it is also a time for us to live out the identity of Methodists. With the COVID-19 crisis, I would like to share my understanding of “Open Hearts, Minds, and Doors”, so that it can be helpful for you to respond to the crisis in a Methodist way.
First, if you need help from the church and people, please open your hearts and minds to the church family. We believe that we can open our hearts and minds even when we are vulnerable. Fear and frustration shouldn’t be the final answer. Bringing peace into your life is not your personal duty, but Jesus’ calling to all of us. Therefore, please let us know if you need any help, so that we the church can work together in order to respond.
Second, if you would like to help others, please open your doors to others who are in need. I strongly believe that it is a time for the church to serve people who are vulnerable to the virus. Methodists should be a missional community through which people can see God’s love and grace.
Mark Kingston emailed me, sharing the fact that unhoused people are looking for help. I would like to introduce you to two links.
The first link is to sign up to bring food items. And the second link is an Amazon wish list of items that are most needed. If you would like to help people but aren’t sure how, I would like to encourage you to join this missional work. (When it comes to food items, you need to bring them up to Boston. If you would like to prepare food items but are not able to drive up to Boston, please reach out to me. I will make few days for this work if you need help.) Let’s open our hearts, minds, and doors by being genuine Methodists in this crisis.
As we have done last Sunday, we are going to have our live streaming worship service this week. I will be sending the streaming link this Sunday at 9:30AM via email. You can also access the streaming service through the church website. In addition, I’ve attached two hymns and the bulletin for the upcoming worship service. I hope that it will be helpful for you when worshiping God from home.
When it comes to offering, I looked into opening an online giving system on the church website. However, it requires you to pay a transaction fee. For this reason, I did not set this up. I would like to suggest two other ways of offering. First, you can mail your check to the church so that you can keep serving the church financially. Second, you can keep your offering at your home until we gather again in-person worship service. I am sorry that I am not able to provide you more convenient options at this moment. I’d also like to remind you that God is looking for your heart of worship.
I have not received any request for a worship guide material. However, I know a few congregants who are not able to access the live streaming service. The material will be delivered to them by this Saturday. If you also need it, please let me know so that I will include your address next time.
The last thing I would like to say is “Pray.” The bible says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6) There is no doubt that it is the time to pray instead of being overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. I keep praying that “His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)