Loving and Serving one another…
It has now been three weeks since we made the decision to suspend regular services on Sunday mornings in favor of using livestream technology to “virtually” gather together to worship. Of those three weeks, two have been what may be easily called the most impactful days of the Christian calendar– Palm Sunday and Resurrection Day. Many of you have been able to join us for the livestream broadcasts, and have even asked if they will continue after our time of social distancing is over. Thank you for your valuable and encouraging input into the success of the broadcast ministry in its infancy.
Our initial challenge in facing the suspension of our regular services has been learning and establishing a good connection with the technological aspect of online ministry. As it turns out we have set up a regular place to gather on the church’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cbcnorthwood), with a second viewing place for those who do not use facebook (https://cbcnorthwood.freeonlinechurch.com/live). As a result of the live broadcasts, we have averaged a little more than 350 views of each service by the end of each week. Viewers have joined us from ND, MN, SD, WI, AZ, TN, as well as Guatemala and France. It is truly remarkable to see how God has used technology to expand the reach of our little church! However, there is another crucial challenge presented to us that we must meet.
Our mission statement speaks of “worshiping and serving the Lord Jesus Christ by loving and serving each other and the communities in which we live…”. In addition to those who are able to join our livestreams, there are many who are not able, usually because of technological barriers. It is my pastoral desire to also reach out to those in our congregation who do not use the internet, as well as those in our community who remain “unchurched” even in this connected society.
As such, the Servants Board has taken the list of names of people who are a part of our broader church family and divided it among ourselves so that we can make contact with each of you and hear how we might minister to you and your family during this time. We want to be an encouragement to you, and we want to help you fulfill *your* part of the great commission, wherever you may be.
During this unique time, let us have eternity in view as we interact with each other, and look for opportunities to encourage and bless those around us. God be with you ’til we meet again!