A Message From Pastor Alex (23/3/20)
Jesus says we are to ‘love one another’. That has always been his hope for us and still is. Alongside all the significant challenges of this season comes a enormous opportunity. The opportunity to love each other really well. Both family, friends, neighbours, and strangers. I think we can do that in four ways.
First by praying. Jesus wants us talking to God our Father about all of this. Praying for each other, for front line workers, for decision-makers and for our local community. Praying is a powerful and purposeful thing we can all do.
Secondarily, by helping practically whenever and wherever we can. Jesus wants us expressing our love for each other. That could be in lots of tangible ways from collecting shopping to cleaning windows. It is also carrying on spending our money and, if we have that responsibility, working hard to keep people employed so the economy can continue to support everyone who needs it. It means taking serious government guidelines about social distancing, home working and isolation, remember for most of us those steps are not about ‘me’ but about ‘us’.
Thirdly it is so important we stay connected. Phone calls and messages, staying connected and reaching out socially and relationally is so very important. Again, we can all have a part to play there. But also we have worked hard to create new online small groups and huddles, our Sunday Connection and Sunday Kids Connection material (with scheduled live chats if you want). All this helps us stay connected to God and one another. Why not invite friends and family and neighbours into these groups too?
Fourthly, by explaining about Jesus to people as they ask. Giving an explanation of the hope we can have because of knowing God by knowing Jesus. When things are a little shaky we all ask the bigger questions of life. Let’s help people consider Jesus as the firmest foundation and surest hope for us all.
This page is ladened with ways to do this – pray, help practically, stay connected, and explain about Jesus.And keep remembering God’s promise to a group of people, just like us, facing lots of uncertainties and unknowns. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them for the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)