The church body is an incredible picture of Christ. We often hear the phrase the church is the “hands & feet of Christ” but what part do each of us play in connecting to the body? Each one of us has something unique to offer, let’s come together to share what we can bring to the table!
Here are some practical and spiritual things we’ve done to stay connected with friends, family, neighbors and our church family since the quarantine started:
- Take a deep breath, embrace the change & allow yourself to feel. For many people change is scary, daunting and tiring because it presents so many unknowns. For others, change is great and presents opportunities to try new things (face masks, gloves, social distancing etc.) and stirs a sense of exploration.
- Taking as many times as necessary to simply pause & reflect on the process of where we were to where we are now is healthy and allows people to process at their own pace. Often, I find myself writing things down as a way to acknowledge the change as well to mark its passing. It helps me remember that life on this side of heaven is a constant process of sanctification & that is NOT something new or unknown. It’s comforting as things continue to change.
"It helps me remember that life
on this side of heaven is a constant process
of sanctification & that is NOT something new
- When I am feeling lonely and needing some extrovert time/engagement, I find it refreshing to pick up the phone & call the person that I was thinking about. How often do we say “I was just thinking about you yesterday” and not do anything with those thoughts? In times where physical contact is hard, it’s imperative that we are intentional about taking the initiative and acting on that initiative. In other words, when someone comes to mind, pick up the phone & call them. If not right away, make a physical note to remind yourself to do it later. Set a reminder on your phone to remind yourself. This is a way to train your mind and habits to put action behind the thoughts. Not only will it bless you, but it’ll surely bless the person you are talking to. It also is a way to hear prayer requests and to build a closer bond by praying for one another.
"Communing with the Lord is a precious time
and brings TONS of comfort to my soul
when I’m struggling with the loneliness."
- I dedicate time to pray for people that the Lord brings to mind. This helps me connect by connecting with the Lord through prayer. Often I know what to pray for, but I don’t have updated prayer request info. The cool thing is that God fills in those gaps so we can just take our prayers to him and He knows the missing details. Communing with the Lord is a precious time and brings TONS of comfort to my soul when I’m struggling with the loneliness.
- We’ve done some drive-by’s for people that we know that just need to physically see other people. Honk your horn and make a sign that says praying for you as you slowly drive by. Often, that’s a pick-me-up for home-bound people that can’t get out or connect easily.
What about you? How have you tried to stay connected, engaged, in prayer and fellowship with your family, neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ?
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!