Church is Closed: 8 opportunities we now have

In light of the recommendations by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health for the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people due to COVID-19 Harbour will be closed on Sunday March 15th

Here are 8 opportunities that you now have for tomorrow morning.

We can pray.

  • We can pray for those who have been infected and the families dealing with their illness. We can pray that doctors will be given wisdom to know how to deal with this terrible virus. We can ask God how He can use us to be His hands and feet during this time in our communities, and we can pray that God will use this time of uncertainty to turn many hearts to Him.

We can gather

  • Invite a few friends to your home. Sing a song. Read scripture together (Try Mark 4:35-41). Pray. It could be one of the most memorable churches services of your life. Don’t miss the opportunity

We can reach out

  • If you don’t feel comfortable gathering tomorrow, then would you pick up your phone and call a few other people. Not text but actually call. Reach out to someone, hear their voice, encourage them and pray with them. These can be powerful and significant moments. Please set aside time tomorrow from 10-11am and call a few people.

We can share

  • Many have bought extra food and supplies. There is wisdom is this. However, others may have needs and if you encounter someone who is in need please don’t hoard but share generously and sacrificially.

We can trust in God

  • “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”  (Psalm 46:1-2).
  • This is a great time to remind ourselves of the hope we have in Christ and to deepen our trust in Him.

We can point others to Christ

  • The Gospel is Good News. Our world is broken. All of us have been infected with a much more serious virus called sin. But Christ came, died and rose again so that we could have new life and hope. As God opens doors, proclaim this message. We have the best news ever.

We can be wise

  • Use extra precaution. If in doubt, please stay at home. Loving our neighbors, many of whom, like the elderly or those with prior medical conditions, are particularly vulnerable means using wisdom in these times.

We can support

  • We need your support. Thank you for supporting your leadership during this time. Please consider giving online. At a time like this your ongoing support is so valuable in order to see God’s work continue. You are able to give your offering online at TITHE.LY

A closing story

In 260 AD, amidst a deadly plague, Christians became known as the people who rushed back to the infected city to care for the sick and dying who had been left behind. Dionysius, the first Bishop of Athens, noted this remarkable, unexplainable choice to run toward the dying at the cost of their very lives. He wrote

Most of our brother-Christians showed unbounded love and loyalty, never sparing themselves and thinking only of one another. Heedless of the danger, they took charge of the sick, attending to their every need and ministering to them in Christ, and with them departed this life serenely happy; for they were infected by others with the disease, drawing on themselves the sickness of their neighbours and cheerfully accepting their pains.

When the Coronavirus has passed (and it will) may the story that is told of Christians be similar.

This is an opportunity. This is our time.

Let’s take advantage of it.

The Harbour Staff and Elders

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