17 Mar Week of March 15
The circumstances involving the Coronavirus and the way we should handle it continue to change. The number of those who have tested positive in Tennessee has risen to 26 (although none in our county). Governor Lee has strongly discouraged gatherings of 250 or more. We still don’t know exactly how this is going to affect our community, but there seems to be a growing sense for the need to exercise caution. After much counsel and prayer, we feel it is best to suspend all church programming for Sunday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 18.
In light of us not gathering together on Sunday morning, let me encourage you to still worship in the following ways:
Gather your family to give thanks. Read Psalm 138:1-6 and spend a few minutes giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness and greatness.
Gather your family to pray. If you would like some specific requests during this time, our SBC Leadership has called us to unite in prayer over the following:
- Ask God, in His mercy, to stop this pandemic and save lives – not only in our communities but around the world, particularly in places that are unequipped medically to deal with the virus. (Isaiah 59:1-2)
- Pray for President Donald Trump and other government leaders – international, federal, state, and local – to have the wisdom to direct us in the best courses of action for prevention and care. (Romans 13:1–4)
- Scripture says: Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in this moment of fear as the foundations of what we know are shaken, that others would realize how fragile life is and how real eternity is, and they would see their need to turn to God. (Psalm 90:12)
- Ask God to protect our missionaries and their families around the globe, using this global crisis to advance His Good News to the whole world. (Mark 16:15)
Gather your family to sing. Pick one or two familiar songs and worship the Lord together. Some good choices might be “10,000 Reasons” or “This is My Father’s World.”
Gather your family to read the Scriptures and share. If you are looking for a passage to focus on, try Matthew 6:25-34. Read the passage and then spend some time talking about what it says and how it can be applied to our lives today. If you have younger children, you can encourage them to draw a picture of what they hear in the passage.
Gather your family to give. Giving our offering is at the heart of our worship. As we do so, we declare that our treasure is in Heaven. Not meeting for weekend services will most likely create a financial hardship for our church. Many of you already take advantage of online giving. If not, please consider giving online. You may also choose to drop your gifts off by the church office or mail a check (580 Oil Well Rd. Jackson, TN 38305).
Another way to worship together is to watch West Jackson’s worship service on TV on Sunday morning at 10am. It is broadcast on EPlus TV 6.
Thank you for supporting us in this decision. Let’s continue to turn our eyes upward towards Jesus, the One who sits on His sovereign throne yet at the same time knows our weaknesses. Let’s also turn our eyes outward to offer real hope and helping hands to those in need around us.