I regret to inform you that our services will continue to be suspended/cancelled until further notice. We are hoping to be back to worshiping in our sanctuary by Sunday, April 6th, but that is to be determined. Here is the encouraging note…because we (and our governments) are taking such a hard-line, radical approach to slowing down the COVID-19, I am convinced (by the Grace of God and the Almighty Name of Jesus) that we will “flatten the curve” of the spread of the virus sooner than China, South Korea, Italy, Spain and other nations.
I am proud of all levels of government putting aside their partisan ways to fight this virus in tandem and as a team. Our medical professionals, experts and front-line workers are our generals, captains and soldiers in this fight. We are so blessed to have our health care teams ready and able to go into battle.
Let us pray for all those on the front-lines. Let us pray for our government leaders that they will receive more wisdom. Let us pray for those affected by the virus that they will recover quickly. Let us pray for those travelling home that they will be healthy and unaffected. Let us pray that, as Canadians, we will pull together like we have in past crises (The Great War) and see a Passover miracle this Easter. May the coronavirus see the blood of Christ at the doors of our hearts and passover (not only for us, but for our town and county). Do it again LORD for your glory!! And may we never forget to repent of our sins and confessing them one to another so that we may be healed (James 5:16).
In the past 48 hours we have heard from our Premier Doug Ford that we are now in a state of emergency. This seems so uncanny and even frightening, but there are emerging plans in place to keep our church people connected during this state of emergency. Mel Coker released a prayer chain message that will encourage us to partner with another family (or person) during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The details are forthcoming. Look for another email from her soon.
Do you remember those T-shirts, bumper stickers and banners from a few years ago that stated the phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On?” According to wikipedia.org it originated from the British Government in 1939 in preparation for World War II. The purpose of the poster was intended to raise the morale of the British public.
Can this same statement be an encouragement to you while we are facing an invisible enemy called COVID-19 (coronavius)? It is one thing to look to a motivational poster, but how about turning to God to keep calm and carry on? There are many Bible verses that point to God’s omnipotence (He is all powerful); God’s omniscience (He is all knowing) and God’s omnipresence (He is everywhere). Can you think of some of these verses that may bring you the encouragement that God has you covered (safe, secure in the midst of trial) both now and forever more? Take a look a these passages from the Psalms…Psalm 32:7, Psalm 37:39, Psalm 42:11. Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (NIV 2011).”
In our time of crisis you have the best antidote which is knowing who God is as revealed to us through His Son Jesus, His Holy Spirit and His Holy Word (the Bible). How well do you know Him? I encourage you to take you Bibles or get a Bible App on your cell phone and find passages like John 17:3 and read them in their context. When we focus more on God and His Greatness our problems, losses and fears are put in perspective.
It’s like looking at our dark world at night with a LED flashlight and we can see a number of metres ahead of us. We can stumble along if we are not careful, but when the sun comes up in the morning how useful is our flashlight? The Sun out shines the little flashlight and darkness is dispelled around us. The Son of God outshines the little hope or the little faith we have when burdened by the circumstances around us. Let’s keep calm and carry on as we keep Jesus the main Light to our daily experience and marvel at how He loved the Father and how God brought Him through all His challenges right to the resurrection from the grave!
John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
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