From The Pastor’s Desk……
When Lockdown first occurred I confess to being quite disorientated. My pastoral ministry has always been people focused.
Those that know me know that technology has never been my strength, always preferring to sit down with someone. That is not to say that I’ve been anti technology! Now, with the Lockdown, I’m very grateful to have Abbie’s knowledge and experience to help set up zoom meetings.
We are seeing positives from Lockdown. We live on a very friendly, supportive Avenue. The sharing of support, information, partly empty wheelie bins. Joining together on Thursday evenings at 8pm to declare our support for the NHS and Key Workers, by clapping, banging saucepans, the gong, blowing the vuvuzela/bugle. Visiting the pharmacy and shopping for each other has all helped to develop Community.
At Oasis. Sunday Zoom meetings will soon be added to by Wednesday Fellowship and a Friday Coffee Morning.
Quite a number of my colleagues have found teaching to a camera difficult. We are nervous. But God is Good! His people are loving and kind. So, however long Lockdown goes on for we seek to be open to The Lord and His Purposes for us.
Thirty years ago I had a conversation with Rev Wynne Lewis, when I pastored in Greenock. My approach to preaching changed from that moment onwards. He suggested that I preach in Series. Ever since then I have sought to find out from The Holy Spirit what He wanted to say in the specific season that we are in. Before Lockdown I had just begun a series entitled, “Sitting With Jesus.” Then Covid 19 struck!
Those two messages are available to listen to via the Media section and by then clicking on “sermons.”
Now we are, “Sitting With Jesus In Lockdown.”
* He Knows Where We Are – Our Address
* He Knows What We Need – Our Circumstances
* He Knows Where He Wants To Get Us – Our Thinking & Our Attitudes
* He Knows What He Wants To Change – Some Of Our Mindsets.
During this time of Lockdown, as we sit with Jesus, we can be being prepared, like King David, to “serve The purpose of God in our generation.”
With Every Good Wish,