In John 13:35, Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” Tertullian, a North African Christian, wrote a letter in AD 197 to the Roman authorities to plead for justice for the church and to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ in the face of cruel opposition. In that letter, he stated about the community of faith, “See how they love one another.”
If “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, then I am living testimony to the reality of that love for the body of Christ, in particular, the Roberta UMC fellowship. By the way, I am not the only one in our church who has echoed this same sentiment. I have heard others of our church family speak of how much you miss coming together each week.
I don’t know what all the prognosticators in the Christian community are saying, but I have heard expressions that perhaps being away from our meetings for a while listening to services online could have an adverse effect on the church when we are able to reassemble. I STRONGLY DISAGREE with that presupposition. I believe that this time away from our regular services will cause us to have an increased appreciation for the privilege of coming together as a body, sharing in the beauty of corporate worship and the intimacy of small group interaction. Social media and online perusing to worship can’t take the place of our being together.
As we shared in the message this past Sunday, the writer of the letter of Hebrews is still so relevant, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV). Until we see each other again gathered for worship on our church grounds, we will continue to meet on Facebook Live each Sunday morning at 10:00 am and each Wednesday at 6:00 pm. For those who miss those live events, we will be placing these opportunities on Vimeo so that you can participate later.
We are also working on a Zoom meeting which will allow you to join us for a live opportunity to see each other and chat. I will let you know in the near future when that meeting is scheduled.
Thanks for remembering the church financially as we try to operate during these “new normal” times.
In Christian Love,