By Pastor Joe Romeo
A Message from Pastor Joe
This past Sunday’s online service taught me three important truths. First, I have a face for radio. Second, Ralph Zazula knows more about Facebook live than I do. Third (and most importantly!) we have a faithful congregation. I am truly thankful for how many of you participated in our service.
As we learn to cope with this new normal, let’s remember a few things:
First, let’s make an effort to stay connected to each other. Call and text your brothers and sisters in the faith. Check in to see how they’re doing.
Second, look for ways to meet needs. Does everyone in our church family have their needs met? If you need food, water, or other household items, please reach out. We want to help.
Third, think of the possibilities. Countless churches livestreamed their services via Facebook Live this past Sunday. I wonder how many people who rarely attend church got to “attend.” I wonder how many people heard the gospel for the first time. Only God knows the answers to these questions. In this let us rejoice.
Often during seasons of uncertainty people ache for inner peace. As you pray for opportunities to serve or engage others in gospel conversation, remember these words from Charles Spurgeon, spoken during the cholera outbreak in London:
Now is the time for all of you who love souls. You may see men more alarmed than they are already; and if they should be, mind that you avail yourselves of the opportunity of doing them good. You have the Balm of Gilead; when their wounds smart, pour it in. You know of Him who died to save; tell them of Him. Lift high the cross before their eyes. Tell them that God became man that man might be lifted to God. Tell them of Calvary, and its groans, and cries, and sweat of blood. Tell them of Jesus hanging on the cross to save sinners. Tell them that —
“There is life for a look at the Crucified One.”
Tell them that He is able to save to the uttermost all them that come unto God by Him. Tell them that He is able to save even at the eleventh hour, and to say to the dying thief, “today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.”
Yours in Christ,