Hello church family,
We sure live in interesting times! There is so much uncertainty, and with that can come fear, worry, and a host of anxieties. If you’re like me you, don’t want to worry about things, but it still happens . . . more than I would like. The things we can’t control tend to weigh most heavily on us, and we are certainly not made to carry that weight on our own. The Lord made us for community, for interacting with each other in life-giving relationship, through the good times and the bad.
In following the Lord in wisdom, and in following best practices advised by the CDC, state and local officials, starting this week we are transitioning to online church meetings instead of a physical Sunday gathering on campus. As we do this for at least the next few weeks, it is important for all of us to continue to be actively involved in our church family. We believe that community is critical to our growth as believers, and needs to be lived out daily. Community looks different at different times. So while we meet in homes rather than one central location on Sunday mornings, the value of interacting with people doesn’t change. Our method will change, our message will not.
Our heart is that every person at Morning Star can connect to a small community of believers so we can experience God, learn, grow, and reach others who desperately need the love of Jesus. The mission of the church—leading people to pursue a Jesus-first life—doesn’t change because we are meeting in homes rather than our church building. In fact, during this unique season we are pressed into action by the Lord Himself to BE the community we long for. Imagine inviting your neighbors to church . . . at your house! Your neighbors may be far more willing to give that a try than coming to a big building with a bunch of people they don’t know.
What will this look like? On Sunday mornings at 9 and 11, we’ll gather in homes around our area and participate in Morning Star services online. This will be interactive and conversational in style. Pick the time that works best for your family! We’re convinced that as we focus on meeting in these small groups and in homes, we will be able to reach more people for Jesus than we could imagine. While our Sunday morning gathering is changing, our midweek CGroups will continue to meet at their normal times and locations. (If that changes, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.) So let’s trust Him together as we run toward those who need the love and grace of Jesus.
It is in times when we don’t understand all the details or know exactly what will happen that God works mightily. When we don’t know where to turn, we have a God who loves us and calls us to rely on Him more. Let’s be bold and step out in faith during this time when it would be so easy to allow ourselves to be gripped with fear. God is in control and has a plan through all of this. I am reminded of Colossians 3:15, which says “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” We have the opportunity to bring the peace that a distraught world needs.