Greetings Church Family:
For this period in time, social distancing has drastically altered the way we communicate and worship together. We miss you and are keeping you, our church family, lifted up in prayer. Special thanks to those of you who made our live-streaming a success on Sabbath,
- The Wray sisters for heartfelt music
- Bro. David for accompanying on the piano
- Elder Bryant and Elder Taylor for joining me in teaching the Sabbath School lesson
- Elder McKenzie for teaching the youth class Sabbath School lesson.
- Bro. McNeil, Sis. Robinson and Elder Taylor for providing us with Technical support, and
- Thank you our beloved Gethsemane viewers who joined in by way of social media.
No one was quite prepared for a world-wide crisis of this particular kind, COVID-19.
In times like these, remember that we serve the God of the crisis. Though trouble may creep up on us and catch us off guard, God is not surprised by any trouble or attack.
Brothers and sisters, if we could impress upon you one thing it would be the importance of staying focused on God in times of crisis. It is with God that we find our help, answers, blessings, and healing.
To be clear, being part of the family of God doesn’t guarantee that life will consist of all ups and no downs. We are not immune from coming in contact with the Coronavirus. Still, God does promise to cause everything to work together for our good. However, we must stay connected to Him, stay surrendered to His will, stay prayerful, and stay open to His leading. In all things, God’s outstretched hand will accomplish what He wants, and His purpose will prevail in your life. Of this you can be sure!
To remind you of this truth, I’m asking you to meditate on Isaiah 14:27, which says, “For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who shall annul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?”
As you let this WORD marinate in your heart, if you have been worrying about how things will turn out in your life, release that worry. Don’t stress over what the outcome will be. Just be confident that God’s hand is orchestrating the events of your destiny, and His will shall be done in your life.
Even on bad days, know that His good plan will not be thwarted, and everything He has for you, you will receive it. Stay encouraged!
Now, let us continue to pray. If possible, please join us in weekly fasting and prayer which we do for Gethsemane Junior Academy on Wednesdays, and for our church and its needs, and our families on Thursdays. Join us!
Please also add the following members to your prayer list for this week.
- Sis. L’Tonya Jackson
- Sis. Monique’s Son
- Sis. Scarlet Gadsden’s Family
- Bro. Andre Marks (Surgery today)
- Sis. Elizabeth Iro
Don’t forget to participate in District Prayer Meeting each Wednesday, which is led by your Elder at 7:00 PM. Dial in on time because we will begin and end on time.
On Sabbath, March 28th we will offer a mini church service. The order of service will be as follows:
- Praise and Worship 10:30 AM to 10:40 AM
- Sabbath School 10:40 AM to 11:05 AM
- Special Music 11:05 AM to 11:08 AM
- Message 11:08 AM to 11:28 AM
- Announcements/Hymn/Benediction 11:28 AM to 11:30 AM
Some of you took the time to provide feedback from last Sabbath’s live-streaming experience and for that I am grateful. Thank you for your input on how to improve the live-streaming. We heard you and will do our best to remind all participates to speak directly into the microphone. Each participant will speak or sing from the rostrum because the lighting is better. It’s hard, but we will be reminded that we should not touch the microphones once sanitized. Lastly, yes I heard you! I will preach a mini sermon on this upcoming Sabbath. Thank each of you for your comments and suggests.
Finally, let me share with you that as the coronavirus spreads, there are empty shelves at food banks, pantries and soup kitchens that give food to those in need. This means vulnerable communities are most at risk for hunger and food insecurity due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and people will turn to the church for help.
Your donations and financial support is more critical now than ever. We cannot forget about our call to help and support others. Your faithfulness in stewardship is God’s plan for His children.
Keeping you and yours in our prayers,
Pastor Larry & Carol Johnson
2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Let us ask for forgiveness of our sins and ask God to heal our land. Take the time to pray daily. If you are struggling to pray please study the prayer of Daniel in chapter 9 and use it as a pattern.
II Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”