We have often heard it said that the church is not a building; but that the church is a people. We will really be putting that to the test over the next few weeks. We are in unchartered territory; but in spite of our move toward social distancing, please know you are not alone. Jesus has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and the body of Christ, his Church, will continue to be as alive as ever.
Yes, unfortunately, out of an abundance of caution for the sake of public health concerns we will need to close the church building and not hold any meetings here. Our staff will still be busy working, mostly from home; but we are still organizing ways to worship, to give pastoral care, to provide opportunities for spiritual formation, and ways to live out our faith through missions and outreach. Wrightsville United Methodist Church has not stopped at all. We have simply had to become adaptable to new ways of being the church in the world. So, keep watching the e-blast for ways to worship, learn, serve, and grow.
Fortunately, we live in a time where this is easier than in the past. Technology has evolved so that we can worship online, we can stay in touch through email and social media, and, as always, we can just make an old-fashioned phone call to a friend or a loved one. This last way might be the most personal of all in a time when we need to be encouraged by another person’s voice.
People are experiencing a lot of emotions right now. So many are worried and anxious.The Bible speaks to worries and fears often. Whether it was war, or sickness, or exile, or persecution, or personal threats, or financial loss, or even the news that you are about to be a parent, people in the Bible are reminded by God over and over again not to be afraid. In fact, the Bible tells us “Do not fear” more than 300 times.
We will get through this. Yes, with God’s help, we will get through this. We believe in the One who was resurrected from the dead. So, we’ve got this. I believe this is a moment when the church will shine. We were made for times like these. The building may be closed; but we will continue to be the church for a worried and anxious world.
May the Peace of Christ be with you,