Community in Action

Thank you Laura, so much, for preaching on Sunday. I loved your message. It was so wonderful to be able to participate in the service via Facebook Live, sitting next to my wife, especially on Mother’s Day. Again those who were leading worship did an awesome job and it was nice to participate this side of the service.

    As we continue to live into this “new normal” I am thankful for the many ways people have stepped up to help JKPC continue to function, serving each other, serving special friends, and serving the community. I am thankful that our connection surpasses a mere acquaintance having met each other at a church service. Our connection is more than just a quick hello and “I’m fine,” but a real concern in how each of us are weathering this “new normal.”

    I am also grateful to know that God has not abandon us just because we do not meet in a building together on a weekly basis. Our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is the God who is here for us.

    Psalm 50:15 says, “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”

    Just as God was with the Israelites throughout the centuries, as they waited for the Messiah, so this same God is here for us, as we wait throughout the weeks for relief from this pandemic. We need to admit that as we wait changes will and are taking place; changes in our livelihood, in our relationships, and in our community.

    These changes cause us some concern, but the important thing to remember is that God is still with us. Just as the Israelites lost their monarchy, their temple, and their closed community, so we are experiencing some losses as well.

    Remember once the Messiah came they had a “new normal” with which to contend. They may have lost their kingly court, but they gained an eternal king. They may have lost their place of sacrifice and worship, but they gained direct access to God through Jesus. They may have lost their closed community, but they gained a world to reach and teach about the blessings of God.

    And we are part of that same “new normal.” Let us grieve the loss of what has been, but let us embrace the new ways God has given us to connect, through Facebook Live and Zoom and other platforms. Let us rejoice that we have grown more committed to each other. Let us be open to learn to use the creativity God has given us to not fear the storm, but to learn to dance in the rain.

    Let us remember the Lord is our God and we are his.


    Pastor Randy

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