26 Mar Rhythm, Response and Call to Prayer
It’s hard to know where to begin or what to say, isn’t it?
All I know, and what I think you should know, is in the middle of all that is going on that is hard and dark in the world, there is also light and goodness happening, though it might look different at times, and for a while. And, as much as that is true, what is also true for me is that I am so, so grateful to be able to go through something like the COVID-19 crisis with you, as much as we can be. I and our staff feel your prayers and support like never before.
While I hope our “new normal” never becomes our “forever normal”, I am thankful for all the ways in which our church is both getting into a new rhythm, and preparing for a response, so let me speak to both of those, and then leave us with a brief call to prayer.
1.) A New Rhythm:
As you may have heard, we have a new online, daily “rhythm” we are creating! You can expect something new, daily, on social media- so now is the time to “follow” and to “like”, in order to make sure you don’t miss something:
Mondays are for Motivation (this past Monday we heard from Pastor Kevion)
Tuesdays are for Talking (a weekly audio podcast- this week’s was a behind-the-scenes look at how we were quickly able to pivot to online services)
Wednesdays are for Wellness (this past week we hear from Aaron Maleare, one of of Mosaic counselors, about some mental health best practices while being isolated and quarantined)
Thursdays are for Thinking (Dr. Rosalynn Smith teaches at length out of Mark 6, asking us to think through what it means to “cross over” difficult places with Jesus)
Fridays are for Faith (You’ll hear from Pastor Barnabas tomorrow with a hugely faith-filled exhortation)
Saturdays are for Sharing– both for “sharing us” online, in an invitation to people to watch on Sunday, and as well for sharing time and resources, which I will touch on in my next point!
The content and faces will vary from week to week, but the theme and the time will most likely stay the same.
We may end up doing more than this (some worship moments, stuff for families, kids and teens) but you can count on this, as of this week!
2.) A New Response
Here is what I told our staff this week:
–What we have faced so far, as a church, is not the crisis.
-Moving to online church is not the crisis.
-Even the financial storms that are hitting our nation are not the crisis, as real and personal and challenging as those storms are.
-The real crisis is possibly, and likely, apart from the grace of God and effective public health countermeasures, what is on its way to our city, and what is hitting other cities like New York right now: people getting severely sick and likely dying, and health care systems potentially overwhelmed with need.
We are preparing to respond to all of it, as best we can, and you’ll be hearing more about that tomorrow in a separate email with some more ironed out details. For now, you should know, if you would like to be a part of the Mosaic Care Team (our name for now), or you have a need this team could meet that is beyond what your community group can provide (if you’re not a part of a group, you can, of course, still request the aid you need, but now’s a great time to get connected to one of our groups), just head to our website and click that button on the home screen, and we will take it from there!
We have an opportunity to be a light, and that is what we are preparing for!
3.) A Call to Prayer
Last week we had around 85 people praying together from 12-1, and we are going to extend that time together this week as well!
The information is the same:
We are going to pray for both what’s happening in our country and in our community, and for those in our church who are already affected by this!
We know that a number of you have already lost your jobs. We are going to be praying for you!
Singles, we know isolation is especially challenging for you, and even more so if you live alone. We will be praying for you!
Parents, we know keeping multiple (especially small) children occupied while you are working from home is a challenge. We will be praying for you!
And health care workers, for all of our nurses and doctors and those on the medical front lines of this fight, we know you are concerned and fighting fear. We will be praying for you!
And of course, there will be much more we will touch on, so please, gather your family or roommates around if possible, and carve out the time to pray.
I cannot tell you how important this is and what a lift this will be for you when you participate.
I’ll “see” you there, and again on Sunday (and you should know, by the way, that we are so encouraged to hear about all the new people watching, all the people who have never been to a church or would never come who are now watching and listening because of your invitation to them. There is some amazing stuff God is doing to create good in the midst of all the very real pain that is happening)!