Last Sunday was exciting…
Over one hundred people gathered last Sunday for our on-site, in-person worship service. Many more joined through Facebook Live and the Alsbury Church YouTube channel.
Based upon engagement by those worshipping in person it was clear people were excited about returning. It was a special experience and the number in attendance will only grow.
Based upon the number who engaged through our virtual platforms it was clear many people continue to have serious reservations about in-person gatherings. We understand those reservations and will continue to provide an online option.
But Our Goal is far larger!
Brock DeWald delivered a strong reminder during the service that our goal is not simply to resume live, in-person services. Our goal is far larger! We are determined to take ministry beyond the walls of the church building and into our community.
- We will love our neighbor as Christ loved us.
- We will take the message of Jesus to our community.
- We will impact our world with the Gospel of Christ.
Jesus never intended for his work in us to end with us. Everything we experience in Christ should flow through us, impacting everyone we share life with.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (emphasis added).2 Corinthians 1:3-4
a time for celebration
Our relationship with Jesus is ongoing and continuous. Jesus is at work all around us every day of the week. Our experience with Jesus should never be reduced to a one-hour gathering scheduled on Sunday mornings.
Our Sunday worship services are a time for celebration. Together we thank God for all that he has done in our lives throughout the previous week. Together we anticipate all that he will do in the coming days.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (emphasis added).Hebrews 10:24-25
Whether we gather in-person or on-line, may we remember all that God has done for us, in us, and through us. May we look beyond ourselves, identifying others in need of what Jesus has done in our lives. May we encourage one another to stand firm in the faith we profess and to share the love of Christ with our family, friends, and neighbors.