I bring you greetings from a Post-Resurrection Church. Here we are, much like those first disciples, emerging out of Easter into new territory. Can you imagine how lonely and lost Peter, James, and John, and the other disciples felt after spending precious time with the risen Christ only to see Him ascend into heaven? Jesus left them behind to carry on His work in the world. He gives them (and us) these instructions: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV) 

But how? And where must we go? We have to admit, because we have never been here before, we don’t know how to do or be a Post Covid19 Church. Our church is not the same as we left it. Many of our friends are no longer with us. There is still a social distance looming in the back- ground. Our church feels so empty and barren. We are all learning to navigate these new waters together. Rest assured, the disciples did not know how or where to go either. They had to learn to walk in faith and depend on the leading of the Holy Spirit every day. 

Our Vision 2021 Team, along with our Church Council have been looking into simple ways to share the Gospel at Mt. Carmel. The direction that our church leaders have chosen this year is to help the community see Mt. Carmel is “a place of new beginnings unified in the character of Jesus Christ.” We want to be intentional about how God can use our place, unify us in one common ministry, and mature our character to look more like Jesus as we serve others. We have been awarded three ministry grants to help us do this: One is a conference media grant of $1750 to help us further our reach with on-line worship services; a second one is a district mission grant of $5000 to help us feed families in our community through Messy Church, and our food pantry; and a third matching grant of $15,000 came from the Reynolds Ministry Fund to help us start a “New Beginnings Worship Service” to reach those who don’t have a church home. So we have a lot of praying and organizing to do in order to reach people for Jesus Christ. This is why it is so important to be in prayer at 3pm to hear God’s call for us this year.

We want to be careful what we bring back to our Post Covid19 Church. Jesus isn’t impressed with how many meetings or activities we do. What He is concerned with is how many people we help turn in the right direction so they will be with Him in heaven someday. Pure and simple. Our time on Sunday is to gather, remember, and celebrate together Jesus’ great commission!

Just when you think the risen Jesus has left us alone, we read the most important words He imparts to all of His disciples: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). So remember that the next time you feel lost. Jesus is just a prayer away! Let’s go then, and make disciples!

 Walking With Jesus All The Way, Pastor Mary

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