What possibilities is the Holy Spirit presenting to us during this difficult season? This is the question I've been asking myself and our leaders over the past few weeks. I know how challenging these months have been to many of us: some have lost friends and family members, others have contracted the virus, some have lost jobs, and others have yet to find a healthy rhythm of life. All of this is true and what I'm convinced is also true is that God is on the move in some unique and special ways.
This Sunday (September 13) we'll gather for worship outdoors in Ellis Park again. (Please read these instructions and precautions carefully. The service will also be broadcast to our Facebook page.) During the last service we had at least two guests from the neighborhood who heard our worship and joined us. How might God be using this time to make us more present, visible, and available to our neighbors?
In October we're going to launch a hybrid of our all-church Bible study and community group ministry. On the first and third Wednesday of the month, we'll gather online for 15 minutes of teaching from Ephesians before being assigned to random breakout groups with a facilitator for discussion and prayer. On the second and four weeks of the month, we'll gather in our community groups and continue the Ephesians study. We believe this format will allow us to welcome newer people into our community and nurture our identity as a reconciled people. How might God be using this time to make us more creatively hospitable in our discipleship? Stay tuned for more information about this study or email Won Kim, Director of Discipleship, for more information.
What possibilities is the Holy Spirit presenting to you during this difficult season? What doors are opening? What wounds are being healed? What invitations are being extended? What courage is being given? Let's commit together to being fully present to the Spirit during these unpredictable days. Let's pray for one another, that we wouldn't miss a single one of the gifts our God wants to give us.
- Pastor David
PS Feel free to bring a lunch on Sunday for a socially distanced meal after the service.