At the current writing of this newsletter, I know more people with Covid than I have at any other time in the past two years. However, I’m grateful to say I don’t know of any Hopesters currently in the hospital. Will you join me in praying for the health of our church family?
Just like we have seen in the past two years, there are still many opinions and differences in the way people are navigating this virus. What are we as a church to do? During the past two years, we have sought to partner with neighbors and to honor the community in which we serve. We have looked to our county leaders to issue orders and guidance. However, currently there are no health orders in place.
As a church we have navigated these past two years in unity. We have not necessarily all agreed, but we have worked hard to keep our hearts soft toward one another, to love our neighbors as we can, and to remain united in our unshakable belief that Jesus is our hope.
As we move together through this next wave of Covid, it is my desire that we will continue on the same path that we have been on for the last number of months. Would you join me in following these three directives?
#1 Bear with one another (Ephesians 4:2)
By now we all understand there are different practices and beliefs regarding this virus. Let’s do what we can to keep our hearts soft toward one another, to show grace to one another, and to be willing to sacrifice for the sake of loving the other person.
#2 Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Our prayers are powerful. During the past two years, we have committed people praying for the unity, strength, and health of our church. Would you join us as we continue to pray for our church family?
#3 Do what you can to love your neighbor (Mark 12:31)
Jesus makes it clear that we are to love our neighbors. Even when we don’t agree with them. Would you be willing to do what you can to sacrifice and love those around you? Be creative. Think outside the box. What can you do to make those around you feel cared for and loved? At the end of this pandemic, may we be known more for our depth of love for others than for the political or social stances we took.
Hopesters, it is a great honor for me to be a pastor at this church. I love this place, believe in this community, and am grateful for the way you all care for one another. Let’s continue to do what we can to lift up Jesus and show those around us that He is our one true hope!