a word from the pastor

Dear members and friends,

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that you and your loved ones are well.

We are in the midst of uncertain times. The coronavirus has paralyzed our globe. People are dealing with fear and no one knows how or when this will end. People all over the world were already facing social upheaval, poverty, sickness and death in their everyday lives. The Bible makes it clear that we are to expect these things to happen.

Jesus said, “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.” (John 16:33)

Isaiah, inspired by God, said, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

In Deuteronomy 31:8, Moses said, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

We must remember that God is greater than the coronavirus, and all the other problems we face!

Earlier today, I went to the church and looked at the empty pews. In my mind, I saw all of you who come to church. I prayed that God may strengthen us, protect us and give us His peace. As the Apostle Paul said: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

This Sunday, at 11:00 a.m., let us all stop whatever we are doing and take time to read and pray—separately in our own homes but united in spirit. Please read and meditate on Psalms 23 and 91 and spend time in prayer for our congregation, our ministries, our leaders, our missionaries, and our community.

Also, we would like to hear from you. Please call or send an email letting us know how you and your family are doing, how you are remaining spiritually healthy while our church meetings are canceled, and if you have any specific needs or prayer requests. Thank you!

May God have mercy and help us in these difficult days. May His name be glorified and His will be done. Amen

Pastor Joseph