Keeping Our Connection Strong
I have a confession to make: we were late to church yesterday morning. Sophie needed to eat, Cesar had a pile of blocks to deal with, and Ellie was… somewhere. We started off strong. The kids loved singing along with Jacob and they enjoyed the kids’ Bible story we threw in after the Old Testament reading. Once it came time for Papa to preach on the TV, of course, they were ready to head back for their toys. Such is home worship when you’ve got 3 kids under 5 to keep up with.
Here’s a picture of how the kids started…
I’ll leave it to your imagination how they ended.
For all of you, I pray these times of home worship have been rich in their own way. Although we can’t join together as we normally do, God has given us a great many gifts in terms of digital connection. If you haven’t had the chance to, I’d encourage you to check out our Daily Office every weekday at 10 AM on Facebook Live. You can find that on my profile, Pastor Casey’s, or the Village Church of Lincolnshire page. If you don’t do Facebook, you can also find it posted on our website each weekday around 11 AM at http://evcl.org/category/daily-office/.
Casey and I are doing our best to provide resources to help us all make the most of this time without overwhelming everyone. Here are a few helpful items Casey wrote up last week:
- Five Ways to Bless Your Community During COVID-19
- Five Ways to Bless Your Brothers and Sisters During COVID-19
- Disciple Your Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As important as it’s been for us to develop content to help and encourage you, pastoring people is about much more than sending them stuff to read and watch. Phone calls and video chats are nice, but they’re no substitute for real human connection. For me, that’s been the hardest part of this whole ordeal. I don’t get to see you face to face and shake your hand or throw my arms around your neck. In a cruel inversion of Matt 9:36, I feel like a shepherd without his sheep.
Your elders feel the same way, and we’re all doing our best to stay connected right now. To that end, the elders have committed to calling each one of you every week. This is our way of keeping in touch on a personal level and making sure you’re cared for. When you hear from one of us, share whatever thoughts, concerns, prayer requests, and specific needs you may have (groceries, prescription pick-up, etc.). We want to know how you’re doing. If there’s something pressing, of course, don’t wait for us to call you. Get in touch with us right away; we’re here to serve you.
Finally, it’s not enough that you hear from me, Casey, or one of the elders every week. You need to hear from one another, as well. I want to encourage all of you to read Casey’s post about blessing one another and make an intentional effort to reach out over the next few weeks. We need each other now more than ever. If “greeting one another with a holy kiss” (2 Cor 13:12) means snapping a selfie and texting it to a friend, then so be it. If we can only “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (Col 3:16) via Zoom, then let’s all find the cleanest corner in our homes and break out our webcams.
Look out for one another, folks. The fact of the matter is that your pastors and elders will only ever hear of a fraction of the needs in our church. Our job, really, isn’t to do all the ministry ourselves but to equip you to minister to one another (Eph 4:12). I trust you to do that well because I’ve spent nearly 4 years watching you all do it love, joy, and all eagerness. God has graciously prepared our church for such a time as this. Let’s be the loving family He’s called us to be.
Your Brother in Christ,