Let's Get Creatively Thankful!

Good news!

The new coronavirus directive from the state allows us to continue with our services at the same capacity we have been offering them! In addition, we will continue with children’s and youth ministry during our 10:45 service. Mask wearing and social distancing will be practiced, and our livestream offered.

At the direction of state medical officials we will be temporarily discontinuing congregational singing. We hope to resume musical worship as soon as it is safe.

Here is the challenge to all of us: WORSHIP IS MORE THAN SINGING! Consider the words of the apostle Paul:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1).

Did you catch that? When we make sacrifices of our comfort, our resources, our words, our time, and our gifts and skills to God – we are worshipping. It doesn’t have to be singing! In fact, worship always needs to me more than just singing. Coronavirus precautions, while challenging, cannot stop worship.

So here’s are some ways we can worship.

TESTIMONIES: Answer this question: what are you thankful for in 2020? I want to hear some of your stories. I may share them in service. Email them to me at mmalmin@wnchurchfamily.org. For those in attendance this Sunday we will open up the mic for testimonies.

SERVING: Check in with folks you know who may be vulnerable. Do you know of people that are struggling financially during this time? Let us know about it. Where possible, your church would like to help. You can direct them to our virushelp@wnchurchfamily.com email. Help deliver groceries and other items to people for whom it is unsafe to leave their homes due to underlying health issues.

PRAYER: Pray over the requests that go out in our weekly church email. Make us aware of things we can add to the list.

SCRIPTURE READING: Read aloud the Psalms – the original hymnal! This can be a magnificent act of worship. God knows the heart even if the melody is missing.
We are going to be looking for more ways to make the service “worshipful” while congregational singing is curtailed. If you have a creative idea, let us know!

One more thing, lets continue to:

ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY: One of my biggest concerns over the latest government orders relating to Covid 19 is that it may cost people there jobs close to Christmas. This is devastating. Simple acts like frequenting local businesses and restaurants during this time helps to keep people working. The service sector is particularly hard hit. I know of several people who have committed to ordering take out twice a week from local family run restaurants as a way to offer tangible help.

The world, and our community, needs to see a church that is committed to serving and loving during these hard times. Let’s show them what the Kingdom of God looks like!

Pastor Mike

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