Pastor Randy's May Reflection
May 11, 2020, 1:52 PM

A new month, a new week, a new day. It seems like the days and weeks are running into each other. I was completely shocked when I realized that we will have our eighth virtual church worship service on May 3rd. It doesn’t seem like it has been that long, and yet with another possible month to go, it also seems like forever.

In the midst of all this chaos, we, as a body of believers, seem to be faring quite well. People have been sharing their thoughts, their time, and their finances with our faith community. We still have some church Zoom meetings going on – committee meetings, Bible studies, children and youth activities – all while sheltering in place, of course.

As we strive to be connected, I am thankful to be part of a faith community that holds relationships as a priority. I have received cards, phone calls, strawberries, and even a home-cooked meal from people in our congregation. It is a wonderful blessing to be acknowledged and loved by this community.

In addition, I am reminded in the worship services, the email updates, and the facebook posts that I am not alone. Now is a great time to connect with old friends and even make new friends on facebook, through the phone, at a distance on walks, or even in a public space on a blanket sitting six feet apart.

Some say there are two important things to work on as a disciple of Jesus. One is piety, or our devotion to God. The second is service to others. Jesus calls us to serve, even in our daily walk. But I would say there is a third important work for us, and that is maintaining the community of faith in which we live.

I believe we have all been given a community in which to live. It is this community to which we can contribute, from which we can receive, and in which we can grow in our faith. Just as we were created to live in community, so we need to strive to keep that community thriving as well.

I have been deeply grateful that there are so many people working to keep our community of faith alive and well.
Some of the things I have observed include yard work being done around the church, even during the shelter in place. The lawn is being mowed, the gardens are being weeded, new plants are being planted, and even trees have been trimmed.

Recently the worship team was treated to coffee, bagels, and cream cheese during our Sunday recording. We were surprised to receive a large bag of toilet paper one day, containing at least two dozen rolls of toilet paper. A young neighbor to the church, who has been using our basketball hoop by himself, noticed that our net had become a bit ragged. He put up a new one for us.

There has been an uptick in contributions to our benevolence fund to help out those we know who are struggling financially during this time. In addition, people are making sure their giving hasn’t ended just because the offering plate isn’t being passed down the row at church.

We know that one of our primary tasks as disciples is to be witnesses to our community. I think the upkeep of this campus, the care we give to fellow community members, and the way we serve people out in the public is a testimony to our faith. When we exhibit these things, we are not just loving our neighbor, but we are loving God as well.

Thank you for stepping up to become what God has called us to be. I couldn’t be blessed more richly as your pastor. Thank you for heeding the call, even in a time of sheltering in place. May you experience the peace and joy that come with the hope that God gives us in a time like this.

Blessings, Pastor Randy 

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