Heb. 10:23 – Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
These verses are often quoted today as an encouragement for us as Christians to “assemble together”, and rightly so, the encouragement is for us to assemble together. To that end we will continue as leadership within this body to provide the safest and most accessible venues that we can to accomplish this. We do encourage all to join us in worship in the Scott Park as well as in the Community Center when weather forces us inside. We are so fortunate to have these facilities available that allow us to do this. Our existing church sanctuary simply does not allow enough room to accommodate us at this time.
While there are differing opinions on what is appropriate behavior in light of the Covid virus, we will attempt to lead with respect to everyone’s opinions on this matter and with the guidance of “do no harm”.
We certainly do encourage everyone who can and feel safe in doing so to meet with us in worship. Those who can’t we encourage you to follow the services on Facebook live and know that we miss your smiling faces and fellowship.
A point that comes out in these verses that I would consider, in our assembling together one of the expected benefits is that we would “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” and in this encourage one another. We are asked to consider how to do this, to give some thought to it. If you can attend, how do I make it a focus to say something to those I come in contact with that is encouraging, that actually promotes love and good deeds? Consider this.
For those who can’t attend, again, how can I participate in the body and be an encouragement promoting love and good deeds? Perhaps a letter, a phone call, an e-mail, a conversation out a car window to someone in their yard.
I am convinced that whatever our circumstance we are called to be encouragers and in challenging times even more so. I know that these very things are taking place, which is great, then let us press on as we see the day drawing near.