May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Greetings in the name of the one who was crucified and is risen, Jesus Christ! This is an unprecedented time for many of us. I give thanks for the courage and stamina of so many who are doing their part to “flatten the curve” and save lives. The resiliency and willingness to adapt to a new normal is a sight to behold. Life for our community called Christ the King has seen its changes and challenges as well.
Many of you have been checking in with each other through phone calls or texts, or on social media. I urge you to keep on doing these things, staying connected through safe means, reaching out if assistance is needed, praying for each other at all times. Remember that spending time in scripture and prayer are essential always, but especially in a time of need or crisis.
Utilize the Weekend Messenger link that Wendy sends out every Friday to supplement your prayer life. Choose members in the church directory to pray for on a weekly basis, until you have prayed through the list and can start again. Carve out some time and watch the weekly worship service on the CtK Twinsburg YouTube channel. If you are feeling overwhelmed or alone, reach out, trusting in the love of God as you do this. We are part of the body of Christ, woven together in God’s love through the Holy Spirit.
The truth of the matter is that God has enabled us to be in this thing called life together. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Romans 12:15) I yearn for the day when we can worship together again, giving praise and thanks to our God. So much of our connection as children of God is made manifest in our collective time spent together in Sunday school and fellowship hour, Bible study groups and ministry team meetings, choir rehearsals and monthly breakfast gatherings. Until that day comes, lean into the hope that you have been given. Trust that God will be with you, never to leave or forsake you.
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Living in God’s amazing grace,
Pastor Matthew Groenke