the Psalmist reminds us that our help doesn’t come from anywhere or anyone, but God alone

Dear Church Family,

 

I want to begin this email with a word of Scripture.

 

1 I look up to the mountains-

   does my help come from there?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

   who made heaven and earth! 

Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT)

 

I’m finding solace in the Psalms these days, particularly the one I just referenced, in which the Psalmist reminds us that our help doesn’t come from anywhere or anyone, but God alone. Rest assured that God has not left us or abandoned us, and that God is indeed going to get us through these difficult days. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the day when we can all be together again in person. Until then, I’m grateful for the opportunities we have to connect online.

 

Some of you have asked me what you can be doing during these tough days to support the church. I would encourage you to do at least three things:

1.     Pray.

  

Pray for an end to this awful virus. Pray for those who have been infected. Pray for those whose income and livelihood has been impacted. Pray for doctors and researchers who are trying to come up with a vaccine and other effective ways to combat the virus. And pray that our government leaders will make decisions that will be in the best interest of the most vulnerable among us.

 

2.     Check in on each other.

 

Think of the people whom you’re accustomed to seeing at the church building. Call to mind the people with whom you attend service or to whom you sit next in a Bible study or a committee meeting. Reach out to them. Give them a call. Send them a Facebook message. See how they’re doing. Ask how you can be praying for them

  

3.     Continue your financial support of the church

 

As I’ve shared before, this is a vulnerable time for everybody. Please make sure to continue your financial support of Community of Faith. Again, you can give online (www.communityoffaith.org/giving/) or mail in your offering to our address (9120 Teacher Lane Davenport, FL 33897). And, if your income hasn’t been affected and you’re able to give more than what you planned to give, please by all means do so! Every little bit helps. I can’t emphasize this point enough.

 

This weekend, we’re going to continue our series on the “I AM” statements of Jesus by looking at Jesus’ words in John 15:1-8 in which he identifies himself as the “true vine.” If you’d like to get a jump start on the message, I’d encourage you to read the passage before the weekend.

  

Don’t forget that we’re not hosting in-person worship, and that’s now going to be the case until at least after Easter (please let folks who may not be on this email list know). In the meantime, you can watch the service on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cofumc/) or on our website (www.communityoffaith.org/live-streaming/).

  

Some of you let me know that you had a hard time watching the service on the website last week. I’m sorry about that. The reason is that our website host, Sharefaith, was overloaded due to the fact that hundreds, if not thousands, of churches were streaming their services all at the same time. Sharefaith has reached out to us and let us know that the problem should be fixed by this weekend. However, if for whatever reason it isn’t, know that you can also watch the service live on Facebook. In addition, our staff are offering daily devotionals on Facebook for you to check out. We pray that these devotionals will inspire you and feed your spirit.

 

Again, please know that I love each and every one of you, and I’m praying for you. This is not the end. Resurrection is on the horizon.

 

Blessings,

Chris