We are two weeks into our new Covid-19 reality.
And I think that it is starting to sink in that it may be longer and darker than we had first thought or imagined.
Don’t worry…this blog is going to get brighter, but you need to know that the weight of the physical effects and financial effects of the pandemic are felt in our home as well as yours. When I am tempted to focus on the fear, I am hitting my knees in prayer and opening my Bible for words of peace in the storm.
The Apostle Paul was not a stranger to hard times. In fact, he seemed to be a magnet for them. If you wanted to experience an easy life, he was probably someone you should avoid! In his letter to the church in Corinth, he talks about a time when he was under such intense pressure that he wanted to die (2 Corinthians 1:8). That is heavy.
To the Rescue
But then Paul changes his tone, and talks about how God has rescued us (past tense), will continue to rescue us (present tense), and will rescue us again (future tense). God has us covered and he will rescue us, past, present, and future (v. 10). Our hope is in God.
Whatever you are going through today, look up, your hope is in the Lord. Even if you are experiencing stress that feels unbearable, God will get you through. I have no idea what that rescue will look like, but I know he will provide.
Pray, and Move
And remember, God often uses US as a part fo the rescue plan! Part of Paul’s rescue was the prayers of the church in Corinth (v. 11). Your prayers are necessary right now. Your prayers are powerful and effective. Call out on the Lord on behalf of your family, friends, and our world. Then open your eyes. Not only will God rescue you, but he will also use you to rescue others.
There are needs in our church community and in the community at large that are coming to the surface. If you are willing to help out by making phone calls or dropping off meals, please let us know. You can call our church office at (780) 452-5566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
I am thankful to be able to walk with you during this crisis. With God’s help, we are going to get through this. We are going to emerge better and stronger.
*Below is our latest Covid-19 update:
-Our services continue to be online only. We don’t have a timeline but suspect it will be through April at the very least. Services can be watched at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 12:30 pm by going to www.np.church and clicking the “Join Us Live” button. You can also view it on our North Pointe Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NorthPointeYEG/
-If you are unable to watch on Sunday, all of our services can be viewed on the North Pointe YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXV2cCNl3nobRPUYl9QNz7w
-Monday-Friday at 10:00am I am doing a Facebook Live daily devotional called AM/PM (A Message from Pastor Michael). Check it out at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NorthPointeYEG/ To receive more content from the North Pointe page, be sure to hit the “Like” button.
This is a 15-20 minute session where we will be studying the daily reading from Oswald Chambers’ classic devotional “My Utmost for His Highest.”
-The Church office remains open from M-F 8:30am-4:30pm. Please use the North Entrance for access. Pastors are available to pray with you or help with the needs you may have. You can also call (780) 452-5566 if you would like to speak to a pastor. We are here for you and will keep our distance.
-Thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving. We are doing our best to respond to the needs of the church community as they arise, as well as cover our operational expenses and obligations. You can give online at www.np.church or at the Giving Stations during office hours.
-Each ministry is doing its best to contact people in their reach, provide online resources, and stay connected. Ministry rhythms are different, but it certainly isn’t boring!
We are praying every day for the people of North Pointe, including you. Job losses, illness, and isolation are scary. We need one another more than ever. And we need to be led by God. Call out to him, and he will answer. He will lead you and guide you.
Together we are Stronger,