This morning, I had a chat with a good friend and colleague from Michigan. As you would guess on top of the list was how church life was impacted as a result of the health crisis. I gave her the updated information. In fact, I told that just last night Council suspended all church activities until April 20. We decided that any necessary meetings and worship services will be all virtual. Then she gave us a great compliment. She reminded me that Pine Shores is very blessed (and smart) because we already have the technology and experience to webcast our services with confidence. I don’t want her comment to pass. Because she is correct. We have the equipment, technology and more significant, competent people who know how to webcast the service. In the midst of this crisis we are indeed well position to continue worshipping together, even if it is at “arm’s distance.” Thank you all for who serve in this ministry.
My friend then asked about the about Sunrise service and was not that surprised when I told her that it had been cancelled. Then she told me a funny (but not so funny story) that aired on the national news. Earlier today, a correspondent interviewed some college ages adults. She didn’t remember what beach they were on but the young people were doing what “spring breakers do” – have a good time. The correspondent asked about if there were any concerns of COVID-19, one of the young college aged women responded: “Well, we’re just living for ourselves.” (We joke for a bit and had a good chuckle about how proud her parents would be when they saw their “pride and joy” interviewed on national news.) A startling comment reminding us that leading worthy life means being for each other.
Check on your neighbors and make a few calls.
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-5
1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
How are you “living a worthy life?”
What makes you impatience?
What does bearing with one another in love mean to you?
Who do you need to be at peace with?
Holy God, you ask me to live a worthy life so help me make the effort to be a person filled with humility, gentleness and patience. Nourish me with your Spirit so I can be more present for others in ways that show your love. Strengthen my bonds with others so that peace abound. Amen.