As you begin to read this latest edition of LifeShare, I encourage you to pause for a moment and pray this prayer with me…
Almighty God, we set our hearts and minds upon you this day. Although our minds and hearts are prone to being shaken by the current events in our world, remind us today that as followers of Jesus Christ, you assure us of your presence, your grace, your love, and your mercy. Help us to rest in you, even when it doesn’t make sense. Strengthen our commitment to you, increase our worship of you, and build our hope in you this day. Holy Spirit, give us a spirit of peace and let that peace be extended through us to others. Let us not focus on what is seen and temporary, but on what is unseen and eternal. Lord, we place our trust in you, knowing you are in control. In the name of Jesus, we pray. AMEN.
I wanted to start this way in our update today because it seems the most appropriate. To STOP and seek God. It should be our priority each day. Not just because of the current health crisis but because we should depend on Him. My hope is that what we began yesterday morning in a collective time of prayer (see previous LifeShare article) would be the first practice that would define us in this time. All of our thoughts, our service, our care, and our response must come from our time of prayer, not simply a reaction to the latest numbers, recommendations, or opinion. We are in uncharted waters right now and likely for the near future. Let’s be Christ-like foremost in the way we seek and confide and trust in our heavenly Father. Consider the words of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:25-26 for us, that we would know Him and love like Him.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Prayer is not just a time to ask for things, it’s a time to rest and build relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. Keep praying!
As the staff and elders continue to assess the recommendations of the state and national government, in faith, not fear, we have chosen the following steps for the coming week for Eaton Community Church:
- Wednesday night Etch for March 18, is cancelled.
- Ministry team meetings and activities of less than 50 people can be held at the church at the team’s discretion.
- We have not made a decision for next Sunday’s services but are looking into the option of live streaming or a video message. We will update you later in the week.
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Finally, I encourage us to walk in faith, not fear…walk in wisdom, not in ignorance…walk in humility, not in arrogance. Through this we will serve and care for others as the Lord has called to as His church. Take care of yourself and one another.
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