Being the Church during a Pandemic
Even though we are being forced to give up gathering together this Lent, we are no less the Body of Christ than we were a month ago. We should seek to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, to love one another, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Here are some resources to help during this time:
We will still be meeting to worship, but via the Zoom teleconferencing service. Sunday’s service of Evening Prayer at 4:00 PM will be available here.
Wednesday Bible Study
We are studying the book of Ecclesiastes. On March 25 we will be study 9:13-12:7. You are welcome to join us via Zoom.
- Repent of our sins and ask God’s forgiveness
- Ask God’s intervention to stop the spread of this virus
- Ask God for healing for those who are sick
- Ask God to use us, his people, as agents of love and compassion
- Ask God to draw people to himself through the saving power of Jesus on the cross
Prayers for a Time of Pandemic
Resources for Time at Home
Now that many of us find ourselves with more time on our hands thanks to a lack of commuting and social activities, there are a variety of ways to make good use of the time. First and foremost, pray! Pray for our nation and the world and for an end to the pandemic. Pray for those who are suddenly unemployed, and pray for those who are afraid. If you would like more resources for prayer, please contact me. (The Book of Common Prayer is online here, or a fully bookmarked pdf copy is here. If you’d like an easy to use site for Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer and Compline where all the readings are spliced in for you, https://www.dailyoffice2019.com is the place to go.)
Secondly, be encouraging! We may not be able to be physically near one another, but we can be in touch by phone, text, Facetime and Zoom. Call your brothers and sisters in Christ. Call your neighbor or coworkers. Call your great aunt Gertrude. Take some time to be with others.
Third, read. Read Scripture, perhaps using the daily office lessons below, or read through a book of the Bible you haven’t read for a long time. (Or ever!) There are lots of good resources I can point you to that help you get the most out of your reading. And pull yourself away from news coverage and read other things. Many publishers are making resources available for free or at deeply discounted rates. Here are a few items I’ve noticed that I want to share with you:
Crossway Books is offering several free e-books and other resources, and the rest of their e-book catalogue is 75% off. The free titles are:
- Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age by Bob Cutillo, MD
- Big Picture Bible Crafts by Gail Schoonmaker
- A Shelter in the Time of Storm by Paul David Tripp
- The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor with Alexander E. Stewart (Available here)
Ligonier Ministries is offering free streaming access to their many teaching series by R.C. Sproul and others.
Overcoming Anxiety by noted Biblical counselor David Powlison has been made available for free by New Growth Press.
The Gospel Coalition has a wealth of timely articles and media, from “Generosity in a Time of Hoarding” to “30 Edifying Things to Watch When Stuck at Home” to a livestream by Tim Keller on “Peace in Times of Suffering and Uncertainty”.