Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Welcome to church today. Or perhaps I should say welcome to church at your place today! Who would have thought that, as we launched enthusiastically into 2020, we would, only part way through the year, find that we were unable to gather for Sunday meetings, life groups, prayer meetings and other times of fellowship that we had taken for granted.
Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it. It is tragic to read and hear about the deaths, loss of jobs, economic pressures and isolation this pandemic has brought. We join with Christians all over the world praying for those affected, for a swift end to this crisis and a return to normality.
But, in the midst of all this tragedy, I can see God bringing good out of it. The fact that we cannot gather together as we have in the past has shaken some of our paradigms and we have found a new way of doing church. We, and churches all over the world, have adapted to this situation and have embraced the technology available to us to bring our ministry to people on line. We will return to gathering in person, but the lessons we have learnt during this time will stand us in good stead and broaden our scope of influence to reach out to a lost and hurting world with the love of God.
I have been blessed to see the response of our people to this new way of gathering as a church. The media team and others have responded magnificently to produce a high quality on line church service. Life groups and various teams have embraced the use of programs such as Zoom, Skype, Messenger to remain connected. Many of you have been so faithful in adapting to online giving. This has been particularly gratifying, as, whilst we are not gathering in person, the work of the ministry continues and the mission remains unchanged. So thank you for your ongoing support in this area.
As we move through the months ahead, for as long as this situation remains, I encourage you all to stay safe, stay connected and stay positive. God will see us through this time and we will emerge stronger, more powerful and more effective in the ministry God has called us to.
Ted & Amanda Pangilinan