Let’s Get Together
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet
together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,
and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Remember that old phone commercial that promised, “Long distance it’s the next best thing to being there”? It
pictured the joy of connecting with loved ones through a phone call. What it didn’t show was the increased feelings of loneliness and separation when the phone call ended. I was reminded of that commercial as I reflected on the conversations I have had with people during this pandemic.
“Pastor, I’m glad you are putting the worship services online. It’s nice, but it’s not the same. I enjoy watching
them, but I can’t wait to be back in the sanctuary. Seeing, and hearing, the worship service reminds me just how much I miss being there.” It’s not just Sunday morning worship.
Things we took for granted like shopping and eating out are now cautioned against. When we do go out, wearing masks and social distancing remind us how much of our sense of community we have lost. God feels the same way. He longs to be in community with us. He doesn’t want anything to get in the way of a close, personal relationship with us. That’s why He sent His Son Jesus to be one of us, one with us and to die for us.
This month, our church will be focusing on this God-given gift of community through the season of Lent. When we come together in worship we acknowledge the barriers we put up through sin and look to the cross, thanking Jesus for His act of redemption and restoration. The cross reminds us that God is, and always will be, near you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He invites and welcomes you to enjoy this relationship by meeting together with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Come together in public worship. If Sunday mornings or Wednesday afternoons appear too crowded, try Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Outside of worship, encourage one another as you call on the phone, send cards and emails, meet in homes. And know that your pastors are ready and willing to come to your home if you’d like.
God has brought us into community. Celebrate this community throughout the season of Lent, and every season, “as you see the Day drawing near.”
In His service and yours,
Pastor Mark R. Rhoads