We have been meeting back in our sanctuary and chapel now for a month and it has been great to be back in the house of the Lord. We have to adhere to strict guidelines and follow several restrictions and this has made it somewhat challenging as you can imagine. My hope, our hope and prayer, is that we are keeping God in the center of all of our worship and that we put forth an excellent worship experience for you whether you are in person or watching on line. We do this because we are called to do so. We have heard God’s call to lead worship and we have responded in ways we hope and pray glorify God. This pandemic season we are still very much in has made this difficult at times, but we trust God in all aspects and through all the challenges. In our attempt to offer something for everyone we understand this may not be completely possible, but we are doing our best. I fully believe that when God calls us to do anything for Him, that if we give it our best, He will be glorified and His will can be done. When Jesus called His first disciples they too had to respond.
Our scripture reading for this Sunday is from Matthew 4:18-22 where Jesus called Peter and Andrew to follow Him and then He called James and John to do the same. They responded immediately. We must do the same because I believe when Jesus calls us to do something He means right now. We must be in tune to His calling even after we’ve received Him into our hearts and accepted Him as Lord and Savior. I can’t help but wonder what God is calling us to do next as His church. Are we to stay open even though more and more positive Covid results are continuing to climb in our area? If we remain in the red zone of warnings we will have to go back to on-line worship only. I must be open to God’s calling and I ask you to pray for me and other pastors as we make this difficult decisions. On a more personal, individual basis – what is God calling you to do right now? How are you going to respond?
I have a couple of specific prayer requests that I want to ask the Body of Christ to keep in mind. Please continue to pray for our elderly members and shut-ins for their health and safety as well as their mental and spiritual health. Also, pray for teachers, parents, and children as they figure out how best to handle the upcoming school year. And finally, I ask that you join me in praying for our new district superintendent, Rev. Dr. Rodrigo Cruz, as he leads us and all churches in our newly designed district. Thank you all.
Remember, God loves you and so do I.