GOD\'S CURE FOR QUARANTINE BLUES
Dear Crosswalkers,“if you put people in isolation, they will go insane… most people in isolation will fall apart.”
- Sandra Schank, Staff Psychiatrist, Mule Creek Prison
At the very dawn of creation, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” (Genesis 2:18a). Evidence from social science is confirming the truth of God’s word. I could also add my own testimony of dealing with people during this pandemic. The isolation, the loneliness, the despair is a constant battle for many. The lockdown has affected senior citizens in care homes, children, prisoners, single people, widows and widowers, and countless others in a profoundly negative way.
God made us for community. Zoom meetings are good, but they are no substitute for human warmth and interaction for which we were created. There are two more messages in our PROPHETIC POWER series in Isaiah, and then we will launch a new series called, COMMUNITY COUNTS.
God's cure for the Quarantine Blues is community! Safe and social distancing, yes. But community is God's cure.
In addition to our online services, we are offering SAFE and SANE live outdoor worship services THIS SUNDAY, September 27! Because we love our neighbors, we are asking everyone to wear a mask and sit six feet apart. But what a joy to be together in worship! We were made for this!
This Sunday the forecast is for a high of 93 degrees Sunday afternoon. Yes, it will be hot. But we meet in the morning and we have an abundance of shade and ice-cold water for everyone.
Note the new worship schedule: We will offer two services at 9:30am and 11:00am. We will also be celebrating the Lord's Supper at our in-person service. As before, the Santa Clara County Health Department continues to limit the number of attendees. To reserve a spot for yourself (and each person in your family), please REGISTER HERE.
I’m super excited about these last two messages from Isaiah! This Sunday’s message is entitled, Beauty Instead of Ashes – for You! The Scripture will be Isaiah 61:1-11. PLEASE read this passage in advance and prepare yourself for the Lord to speak to your heart!
Also, this Sunday we will have packets available that will give you a practical way to demonstrate the love of Jesus.
If I don’t see you Sunday, I at least hope you will see me online!