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Topic: Coffee & Worship Service
Time: 08:40am Coffee Time and 9:00am Worship Service
For Immediate Release March 24, 2020
To the People of the United Methodist Church,The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops, meeting by phone earlier today, cared for three agenda items:
- 1. We join with Pope Francis in calling for prayer tomorrow, March 25, drawing strength from the Annunciation (Luke 1. 26-38), as we are approximately nine months from the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite all to pray to God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic. And all are urged to pray the Lord’s Prayer at noon in their own time zones. In the words of Pope Francis, “We wish to respond to the pandemic of the virus with the universality of prayer, of compassion and tenderness.” As we prepare to celebrate the resurrection at Easter, we have sure trust and confidence that God will hear the united prayers of the church across the world.
- 2. The Executive Committee announced that members of the Council of Bishops will meet virtually on April 29, 30 and May 1.
- 3. The Executive Committee forwarded to the full Council of Bishops a recommendation of dates for the Jurisdiction Conferences to be held, with a desire to communicate this with the announcement of the dates of the General Conference in the near future.
The Peace of the Lord,
Resident Bishop, Florida Conference President, Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church
MESSAGE FROM PASTOR ROB 03/24/2020
“The Church is Closed”
Oh, I hope not. In fact, I trust not. Indeed, I know not. There may be a civil order to desist from working and serving and worshiping at 99-101 Laulima, Aiea. The church office may be closed. But the keys to the church were given to the apostle Peter and the Gates of Hell will not be able to prevail against it. Even a deadly virus cannot succeed where the Gates of Hell fail. But what about meeting together for worship, meetings, bible study, fellowship? What is the church to do?
We are to follow the dictates of our governmental officials as we are charged to do by Romans:
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
But canceling worship services is not the same thing as canceling worship. The church from earliest times has not counted on a church facility to worship but to worship the church by being the church. To coin a phrase the church is not a place, it is a people. And the reason we practice social distancing is not for any reason other than deep concern and care for others. Meeting together can actually kill you, or your grandmother Which is what I find so disturbing about the TV clips of crowds of people, of all ages, on the beach for spring break. We need to find ways of being connected without being in physical proximity.
So, we meet and do business over Zoom and we join together virtually to listen to a worship service, we send in and send out prayer requests. Call. Text. Email. Find ways of maintaining the connection that we all need, connection to one another and connection to God in Jesus Christ. The work of the church continues, and we need to continue to do that work and that work takes resources. Please continue to give to AUMC to uphold our congregation and its ministries. Our missionaries are continuing to reach the lost and our staff members are continuing to serve the needs of the congregation. Christ’s work must go on and so must we.
The chief item of importance in this uncertain time is the power of prayer. No one can prevent us from praying. And no one is exempt from the task of prayer. In this we are all alike. Pray for AUMC and for different and creative ways of being the church at this time which endangers no one and yet binds us together in our love of God and our love of one another. I close with this excerpt of a prayer from Saint Clement of Rome, possibly the oldest prayer outside of Scripture: I invite you to pray with me:
We beseech you, Lord and Master, to be our help and provider. Save those among us who are in trouble, have mercy on the lowly, lift up the fallen, show yourself to the needy, heal the ungodly, convert the wanderers of your people, feed the hungry, release our prisoners, raise up the weak, comfort the fainthearted. Let all the Gentiles know that you are the God alone, and Jesus Christ is your Son, and we are your people and the sheep of your pasture.
No, dear ones, the church is not closed, nor will it ever be.
And all God’s people said, Amen.
Grace & Peace,