Believers need to be together!
‘But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavoured the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face.’ – 1 Thessalonians 2.17
I imagine all of us are clear that the church is not the building, the building is just where we gather. It feels like we have been ‘torn away‘ from each other, we’ve not been able to gather, to allow fellowship, to praise God together, to listen to the instruction of God’s Word together. Doing these things ‘face to face’ from all ages, stages and backgrounds of life I know has taken its toll on us in many ways – I have felt it and I know many of you feel the same!
The images used in the Bible of the church express this need to be together, for example, one sheep doesn’t make a flock – one brick doesn’t make a building – one organ doesn’t make a body. These pictures were given to us to remind us of the absolute necessity of being together. While virtual church has been wonderful in some ways, it is a poor second to the meeting with one another and celebrating what God has done for us through his Son Jesus.
Relationships of trust, mutual sharing and affection are forged, established and deepened when we come together under God. The lockdown has taken its toll on us as a church because we can easily feel divided from one another – the body needs its members to function well as we seek to grow in discipleship. I for one long and pray for the day when we can not only be spiritually one but one body together as a church family because we really need each other.
To that end, I can announce that the first step towards reopening can now be made. As of Wednesday 17th June we will be open again Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12,30pm. This will be for private prayer and reflection only. I know this is only a small step but an important one. There will be restrictions around this when people arrive and we can only have a maximum of 10 people in the building at this stage. Please bear with us if we ask you to wait before entering.
Finally, please do join us on Sunday morning for the online service at 10am. The Zoom Evening service will be at 6pm continuing our series on Habakkuk: From Wrestling to Rejoicing. This week’s bible reading is especially relevant in the wake of the injustices we’ve seen in the world recently.
Have a great weekend.