It has been a strange time of uncertainty for our community. We've gone from greeting one another by tapping elbows and spreading smiles to complete self-isolation in less than a week.
The fear is palpable. The anxiety is real. And the future is unknown. But isn't it always?
When we are faced with fear of the unknown, turning to an all-knowing God is a good place to start. And for people of faith, we know that God answers prayers and that, as it says in James 5:16, "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." So, this means that we not only pray, we act well. And, calmed by the presence of God, we can respond to those around us with clarity and direction.
The leadership team at St. Timothy's is working hard to facilitate ways for our community to worship from home, and to continue to support the ministry of St. Timothy's in every way that we can. Our first priority is on the pastoral care of our most vulnerable, and the work of staying in touch by phone, email and through our website (check out our online audio services (NEWS) and COVID CORNER (MINISTRY) providing links for encouragement.
When we are not longer able to go to Church, there opens before us the even more fundamental call to be the Church. Even in a time of tremendous anxiety and fear, I see signs of great hope among us. The fruits of the Spirit are being lived out through our member-to-member calls and offers of help from parishioners. It is our priviledge to continue to follow Jesus Christ for the sake of our neighbours in need, for we know that our hope and healing is found in Christ.
As we wait on God together, I encourage you to increase your daily devotions and prayers individually and together as families. Prayer is our greatest and most powerful tool, and this is the time to use it.
To quote the late Dr. Billy Graham, "We are to pray in times of adversity, lest we become faithless and unbelieving. We are to pray in times of prosperity, lest we become boastful and proud. We are to pray in times of danger, lest we become fearful and doubting. We are to pray in times of security, lest we become self-sufficient."
Please also remember that even if corporate worship is suspended, St. Timothy's continues to operate our essential services of feeding the hungry and providing pastoral care to the sick. If you are not on PAR, please mail in your weekly/monthly gifts and contributions by cheque to the church so that we can continue to do the work of ministry.
God bless you as you continue to grow in Christ in the midst of this rather unique and strange Lenten journey. Remember that you are not alone, your prayers join with the prayers of your family in Christ, and are felt by those who are lonely, sick, isolated and fearful. Continue to be the Light of Christ in the world.
Peace, hope & love,