Join Us As We Journey ‘Back to the Future’
In the early days of television, everything was live. No video tape, no digital editing. Oak Chapel is preparing to go “back to the future” in the coming weeks when we begin streaming our worship services live and also archiving them for future viewing.
This, of course, is nothing new. Many churches across the country and around the world have been using Facebook Live and various other platforms to stay in contact with their congregants during the pandemic while also reaching out to others who may not have a home church.
This is a positive application of technology, and admittedly, we are a little late to the game. One of the reasons I chose to wait was my concern about what it might do to Sunday morning attendance in the sanctuary. Call me old fashioned, but I believe strongly in the fellowship that grows out of in-person worship. After all, Jesus said, “wherever two or more are gathered, I am there also.”
I sincerely hope that one day soon attendance for worship in our sanctuary will grow exponentially. In the meantime, however, given the circumstances we now face, we feel it is important to give all of our members the opportunity to commune with us virtually on Sunday mornings.
Just as important is the opportunity for others to be introduced to Oak Chapel. This is such a wonderful church with a rich tradition, a loving congregation, and a commitment to serving Christ and others. We have so much to offer, and my prayer is that others will see our church as a safe place to land, to find refuge from life’s adversities, and to come into a relationship with our Lord that is loving, assuring, forgiving, and comforting.
I am hopeful that with the promising news about various vaccines, we will have an opportunity to return to the way things used to be in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, however, let us be in prayer for our neighbors, our church, our community, our nation, and our world. May God help us to emerge from this crisis with a clearer understanding of the fact that we cannot control everything, or more accurately, that we cannot control much of anything.
God is our creator, and he has dominion over the entire universe. Because of our sin, we have become separated, in some cases even estranged, from Him. Let’s make a vow to not let that happen in 2021. Granted, we can’t be perfect, but we can strive for holiness, and we can remain connected with Him and with fellow believers, whether we do so in the safety and security of our sacred sanctuary or online with our phone, tablet or computer.
Remember these comforting words from Hebrews 13:5 in which God said “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
That’s a promise that will never be broken.
Until we meet again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John