Our Church's Response
Greetings in the strong and merciful name of Jesus Christ! We are facing a significant challenge! In fact, around the world humans are facing the challenges presented by the Coronovirus or COVID-19. So we also must respond to the challenges presented by this virus.
First, our response is not based on and fed by fear, but rather it is prompted by love and wisdom. As a pastor, along with our congregational leaders, we know that our God has not given us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim, 1:7). We also know that God is love (1 John 4:8); so we also ought to love one another (John 13:34-35). The greatest commandment is to love God with our whole being, and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). Therefore, we care for ourselves and our families, but love compels us to care for the well-being of our neighbors, co-workers, strangers, and even our “enemies.” Truthfully, we are all in this together. Our God can use these times – as God has done in times past – to expose our lives to the purity of His Word and to remind us of God’s will and purpose for our lives.
Second, consider and be ever mindful of the following:
Finally, please know that I love you all and that I pray each day for you and your families. God is faithful and we will get through this by the grace and mercy of our God. In the meantime, enjoy life, pray always, and give thanks to God in all things (Philippians 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18).
Rev. Dr. James W. Lewis, Pastor