A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BOWEN
The global Covid-19 pandemic is cause for great concern. It weighs on the minds of both young and old. It affects both rich and poor. And although no one can predict with certainty what effects this virus will produce in our local community, we can be assured that God is in control. The words of the psalmist remind us of this reality—
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
When faced with any challenge we have the choice of reacting in fear or in faith. Faith is always the mark of a mature, Christian response. This pandemic has brought havoc to the economy, and our usual way of life. But this grave situation is an opportunity for spiritual renewal. Each of us would do well to reflect upon our earthly cares, and reassess our spiritual priorities. Let us remember that even in this time of uncertainty God has blessed us with the certainty of His love.
As Christians let us not forget those for whom everyday life is an incredible challenge: the poor, the elderly, those with physical and mental challenges, the homeless, and victims of domestic abuse. For some people, even in America, each day is a struggle for survival. The Covid-19 pandemic will likely add to the weight of their burdens.
As Christians we can lessen their load. It is both our duty and our honor to give real hope to those who are hopeless, and to show love to those who’ve received little of that precious commodity in their lives. Jesus is the light of the world. He is the rock of our salvation. And He is the one who said...
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart. And you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
This Sunday, 3/22, public worship is cancelled. The Session and I thought about this carefully, and it pains us to take this action. However, we have a responsibility, per the 6th Commandment, to preserve the lives of ourselves and others. We are the last church in the area to take such measures; we waited as long as we thought prudent. The 6th Commandment also bids us to comfort the distressed, so we urge you to offer the consolations of Christ during this time of social upheaval and fear. As for the following weeks, we will make that decision next week. Sunday school and all other educational classes are cancelled until further notice.
We live in an age of non-stop information flow. This grants us obvious benefits. But many are confused as to what sources are reliable for correct information regarding this situation. We urge you to contact your personal physician or health care provider immediately if you think you might have been infected. Listed below are links to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and Butler County.
We are a family of faith, and we must pray for each other, and show demonstrable love and concern during these trying times. God is securely on His throne. He will see us through this.
If you need anything please contact Pastor Bowen at 724-575-1005.
Rev. Kevin M. Bowen
20 March 2020