passion through pandemic
The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest
Passionate Through Pandemic
Someone anonymously wrote: A church that has passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks fess up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew potatoes stand up! But most of all, Christ the Savior of the entire world is lifted up."
We have been experiencing trying times as a nation and as a church family. The world-wide and now nation-wide pandemic spread of the COVID-19 (corona virus) has forced many of us to remain indoors, some off of their regular jobs and our church services only experienced through social media. A new phrase has come out of nowhere to dominate our verbal vocabularies. That phrase is “social distancing.”
The name church, Greek – EKKLESIA, refers to a group of people coming together for a shared purpose, or an assembly.
This does not sound like “social distancing” in the least bit. God wanted his church to have KOINONIA (Greek) Fellowship. So, how do we maintain this fellowship and assembly mentality if we are not able to “go to church?”
First of all, we can pray for one another. We can pray for the impact and connection of our church family. We can call and/text each other to keep in touch. And, we can join one another as we participate in the online worship and teaching experience we find on Facebook Live on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. We can celebrate the Lord’s Supper together and worship God separately and together.
We can also reach out to others in the community through phone calls with offers of assistance. If you are able, you can check on elderly or physically at-risk church members, neighbors, friends and family members who might not be able to get out and get groceries and supplies due to the risk. See if you can help them out. Send your prayer needs to the church office via phone calls or emails so we can make them known.
Also, if you have a need, please call the church office to let us know. We will do our best to help you get through it.
Another part of fellowship is our giving to the Lord. Even though the doors are not open on Sunday the financial needs are at least the same. You can give through the Tithely app on your phone, through the donate button on the church’s webpage www.fccclovis.com or you can mail donations to FCC 1700 N. Main Street; Clovis, NM 88101 or you can bring your donations by the church office weekdays 9am-2pm or by appointment or you can call the church office or the me and we can come by your house and pick up donations so long as they are in the general vicinity of Clovis/Portales.
We can continue to be the church referenced in the opening paragraph. Our passion for Jesus is still the same. Our passion for His mission is still the same. Our need for one another is still the same or greater and our ability to keep that going is still there with the power and influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Tonight at 6:15 I will be on Facebook Live to lead an interactive discussion Bible Study on the third week (Days 16-22) of our 30-Day Devotional Guide, “7 Keys to OPEN-HANDED LIVING in a TIGHT-FISTED WORLD”.
This Sunday, again on Facebook Live we will share the worship experience and I will bring part 4 of our sermon series on Generous Giving with Generous Giving Allows You to Fight the Dragon of Materialism based on Luke 12:15-21; 1Timothy 6:6-10; Haggai 1
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