Monday 30th March 2020 - Lockdown week 2!
Good afternoon, I hope that you are well and coping with the ‘new normal’ that we now find ourselves in
Verse for the week – Esther 4:14
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Who knew, at the beginning of this year, that we would be in 'such a time as this'. It has been a week since we went into lockdown and what a strange week it has been. Churches, playgrounds and schools are closed ‘until further notice’, gatherings of 2 or more are banned, and events such as the Marathon and the Olympics are postponed, as too is the Oberammergau Passion play which has now been scheduled to begin in May 2022! So many people are now in isolation, seeing friends and family only on a digital device via any of the numerous social media sources such as Facebook, Zoom and Houseparty to name but a few.
Like many people I have learnt a number of new things. I have produced & published a ‘virtual service’ via Smart Adobe, done a 20-minute live worship service on Facebook and have been on a couple of Zoom conference calls with other local Baptist ministers! All from the comfort of my dining room table.
Meanwhile many of you have been contacting one another, which is heart-warming to hear, and so many have found that, although there is no opportunity to be together physically, we can all be creative and meet together digitally and spiritually.
As Mordechai says to Esther, during another time of unprecedented circumstances, you were called to this place for such a time as this – to speak love, grace, care, kindness and mercy to each other and to our neighbours during this strange time. For if we don’t speak to our neighbours messages of hope then they will be looking elsewhere and who knows what they might find.*
Hebrews 10:23-25 remind us to ‘hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’
God is in our midst today, wherever we
may be. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us, during the good times
and the bad. We are being told that we will begin to see the effects of the
virus peak in the next couple of weeks. We at FCBC continue to pray for you
every day and encourage us all to keep in touch with one another, encouraging
each other and spurring one another on towards love and good deeds
*The story of Esther can be found in the Old Testament of the Bible and makes a great read if you have the time!!
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