Livestream Devotional Service this Sunday 3/22/20
Dear Congregation of Christ Church Ann Arbor,
I wanted to provide a few more details on how we will be worshiping and functioning as a church for the next few weeks.
First, I will be emailing out a PDF that contains a family worship liturgy. While private and family worship is not a substitute for the public worship of God’s people, it is nevertheless a means God can use to comfort your soul with his truth during these difficult times. Furthermore, it will help all of us build healthy life practices of worshiping God both in private and with our families outside of regular public worship.
Also, at 11:15 AM on Sunday mornings, I will be live streaming a devotional message from my home on the church Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch this. The instructions for watching are as follows:
If you have a Facebook account:
- To get notification for when we go live, be sure to like and follow Christ Church Ann Arbor’s Facebook page.
- At 11:15 AM you should receive a notification that we are beginning a live video. Click the notification and you will be directed to the video feed.
If you do not have a Facebook account:
- Navigate to Christ Church Ann Arbor’s Facebook page.
- Scroll down until you see the video playing. If this does not work, refresh the page and try again.
During this time that we are unable to meet publicly, it is crucial that we continue to communicate with one another as a church body. The ruling elders and I will be in contact with you via email, text, or phone calls throughout the coming weeks to check in with you, pray for you, and see if you have any needs with which we may be able to help. If you have any specific needs or prayer requests, please do not hesitate to reach out to us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I want to encourage you though, as members, to check on each other during this time. Pray for one another, consider using some of the technology we have available (Skype, Google hangouts, etc.) to meet for fellowship and prayer in groups. In Galatians 6:2, we are commanded to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Third, I want to encourage you to be aware of any mercy ministry opportunities that may arise in your community during this time. Many people are self-isolating, and may need assistance during this time with simple things such as purchasing groceries or collecting mail. Others may be in need of financial assistance due to loss of work. If you are aware of any instances in which the church may be able to help, please contact the deacons (deacons@christchurchA2.org). This help is not limited to those outside the church. If you need help or find yourself in hardship in this time, please let us know so that we can prayerfully consider how we can help you.
Finally, we are working on a means to continue your giving of offerings and tithes for those who wish to continue to do so during this time. As a system is put in place, I will send out further communication to explain how it works.
Again, let us keep looking to Jesus Christ our hope, and pray for each other, our nation, our state, and our neighbors during this pandemic. I leave you with the words of the Psalmist from Psalm 103:2-5—
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”