Rev. Mike Mack
Worship service Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m.
When the Hostess company announced it was going out of business there was a run on Twinkies. People who had not eaten a Twinkie in decades went out and bought some because they reminded them of a simpler time as a child. There was a huge fuss, but let’s face it a Twinkie is just a small piece of sponge cake with some cream filling. Sorry to burst your bubble if you are a Twinkie fan.
Ultimately, the product was purchased and production resumed. People were elated to see things get back the way they were. Most things do not end that way. Things do not usually go back to the way they were. We call that change or progress.
We are in the midst of an experience like nothing most of us have ever seen. We have been sheltering at home, and many of us working from home. We are trying to cultivate some sense of normalcy in very abnormal times. This has been going on for over a month now and it still does not feel right.
We want what was our old normal back, but it is not coming back any time soon. Now with the easing of the restrictions that have been required, it is not clear what things will be like in the near-term and certainly not in the longer-term. I suspect things may not return to “normal” any time soon. We must also remember that the effects of the coronavirus and the effects of our efforts to cope with it will be far reaching and probably long lasting.
Jeremiah 29:11 has been a passage that I have looked to for strength and reassurance at times when I am not too crazy about what seems inevitable. ‘“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’
This passage is absolutely trustworthy and true, and it is applicable to our current situation. As people of faith we need to remember that, though the coronavirus surprised us, it did not surprise God. In the midst of these mixed up and challenging circumstances, God is still with us. God still has a plan. He does not plan to harm us, but to prosper us.
Now pay attention, God plans to give us hope and a future. This is not “the end”, and it too shall pass. Things are a little chaotic right now. We are uncertain how things will go from here. Some of us are fearful about the future. That is understandable, but because God is with us it’s going to be okay. You’ll see.
Blessings, Pastor Mike
On Mother’s Day, May 10th, at 9:30 am we will have our first drive-in service in the parking lot behind the church. Thanks to Bob Boyer the service will be broadcast on a short-range FM signal that you can listen to on your car radio. I have checked with the county health department, and as long as you stay in your cars in order to social distance it is permitted. If the weather is good, we will lead worship outside the church building. If not, we will lead from the sanctuary, and you can listen from your cars. Pray for good weather, and please join us and wave to your friends. We will also livestream on Facebook and send email copies of the week’s message for those who choose not to attend the drive-in service.