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PRACTICAL PANDEMIC LOVE!!

Dear Crosswalkers,
 
Here’s what I have come to believe: Living through a pandemic teaches us a lot about following Jesus!
 
There are a number of ways to respond to the loss of life, the sickness, the economic hardship, and the sheer inconvenience of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
One is to weep. Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. Our Lord wept at the tomb of Lazarus.
 
Another is to get angry and blame God. We see this in the biblical record as well. Jonah is angry with the Lord, the psalmist vents mightily. Many people’s knee jerk reaction to hardship and inconvenience is to get mad!
 
A popular response is to philosophize. We see this in John 9 where the disciples, seeing a man born blind, wonders if he sinned or his parents sinned to cause this affliction. We often wonder, “What is God’s purpose for these trying times?”
 
The best response, in my mind, is to practically find ways to help alleviate the suffering of others. We see this in a story told by the early church in Acts 11:27-29 (NIV):

27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. 30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
 
Note the response to the news of a famine. They didn’t weep or get angry. They didn’t ask, “Is God punishing us?” They didn’t cast blame on themselves or others. Instead, according to verse 29, their first response was to provide help to those who were less fortunate. Help for the hurting. It was the most practical of responses, and they sent their love gifts through the apostles, so help could be given in Jesus’ name.
 
Through our partnership with Second Harvest food bank, and the Refuge ministry, and Shalom Iglesia; as well as through our own “meals on wheels” program and benevolence fund, we are giving this very practical response to the pandemic by doing what we can to help others. If you would like to join us, please give a special financial gift to the church (you can earmark it “benevolence” or “local missions.” Volunteer opportunities are also available if you want to contact us.
 
CALL IT “PRACTICAL PANDEMIC LOVE!”

On another note, last Sunday we had a great time with our first live, in-person, services since the middle of March! The Santa Clara County Health Department allows for outdoor worship of no more than 60 people. We offered two services and those who came had a wonderful time worshipping and praising the Lord together!
 
Everyone indicated they wanted more outdoor worship opportunities! So our next outdoor services are planned for August 30!

WE ARE PLANNING TO HAVE BAPTISMS DURING THESE SERVICES!!
if you are interested in following the Lord in baptism, please let us know!!

More information will be forthcoming!

May you enjoy midweek blessings!!

Pastor John

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