The church since its inception has been called to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and to consider the vulnerable in our midst. The words of Jesus are never more important than in the midst of uncertainty and fear.
After speaking with other faith leaders in the valley and beyond as well as medical personnel who we have in our church body. We have come to the determination that we will, for now suspend in person Sunday morning church services.
Each week's message on Sunday @ 10:30 A.M. which will be about our response as followers of Jesus to times of trouble and fear. We will also upload the message to the church podcast page on Podbean under Yakima Vineyard. You can find it under the media tab above.
Let us all commit to praying for our medical personnel and first responders who will be at the front lines in the battle. Let us pray for our service workers, truckers, farmers, and all who help to supply our basic needs. Let us pray for those who are being financially impacted by this pandemic. Let us pray for neighbors with already compromised immune systems, those who do not have insurance, the poor, and our homeless brothers and sisters as they will be the most vulnerable. Let us be a voice of peace, hope, love, patience and yes even faith and joy in this time of difficulty. Let us truly be the people that Jesus called us to be.
One final thought is to be open to the speaking of the Holy Spirit as to how you are to reach out to and love those around you. I am reminded of the words of C.S. Lewis in his brilliant book the problem with pain. “ We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
What is God saying to us in this very moment and how will we respond to Him?