On Friday morning, March 13, Montgomery County leaders asked churches across the county to suspend Sunday services and other group events for two weeks as they work hard to slow the spread of the virus. This request was subsequently extended.
This is not something the state can require of us, but we believe it is a reasonable request. Respecting this request is one way for us to honor government leaders and help make their burden lighter (1 Timothy 2:1-8). Moreover, it is one way for us to love our communities and express concern for their well-being. And, while our assembling together is very important (Hebrews 10:25), under the circumstances it is also a practical way for us to show care for each other as a church.
Therefore, in keeping with the shelter-in place order issued by Governor Wolf, we have made the decision to extend the suspension of our on-site Sunday services and all other in-person meetings and events through the end of May. Our Worship Ministry Team is working at facilitating these services online. You can watch them using the links below that indicate a video.
Pastor Marc will still be available and can be reached in the church office during the week as normal. In the meantime, we are providing a series of daily devotionals that you may find meaningful. These links are also posted below.
This is uncharted territory for us. But this time affords us a unique opportunity to live out our faith and our congregational vision in other practical ways.
We encourage you to hold family worship in your homes on Sunday and practice the adventure challenges together. Read the Bible together. Share faith stories. Pray for each other. Pray for our church’s witness. Pray for those in positions of authority faced with the daunting challenge of responding to this crisis. Check in with other church members throughout the week—by phone, Zoom, card or letter—to ask about their welfare.
Check in with your neighbors, and especially any elderly or high-risk neighbors you might have, to consider if there are ways you can be Christ’s hands and feet to them in their need (e.g., run errands, get groceries, take them to a doctor visit). And be aware of doors this might open for you to give an account of the hope that is in you in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).
We will pray with hope that this present challenge will pass over quickly. But in the meanwhile, may we be watchful for the things the Lord wants to teach us and the ways He wants to use us.
Finally, I offer you these words of encouragement from Psalm 56:
"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?" (Psalm 56:3–4).
May we experience the peace of Christ and seize the opportunity to share that peace as the body of Christ at Grace Mennonite Church.
Pastor Marc Hershberger
The pastors at Grace Mennonite Church prepared this series of devotionals to help our church navigate a faithful response to the Covid-19 crisis. You may find them to be meaningful no matter what challenge you are facing. If you would like to speak with one of our pastors, please call (215) 855-7718 or email us at email@example.com.
Monday, May 25 — The God who hears
Sunday, May 24 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Listening (video)
Friday, May 22 — The prayer of "casting"
Thursday, May 21 — The power of secret prayer
Wednesday, May 20 — Persistence that prevails!
Tuesday, May 19 — Prayers like raindrops
Monday, May 18 — If we are not praying....
Sunday, May 17 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Praying (video)
Friday, May 15 — Cultivating a way of life
Thursday, May 14 — Becoming a noticing person
Wednesday, May 13 — Noticing what Jesus does
Tuesday, May 12 — Seeing with the mind of Christ
Monday, May 11 — Who do you notice?
Sunday, May 10 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Noticing (video)
Friday, May 8 — Where is your head?
Thursday, May 7 — How did you like your heart attack?
Wednesday, May 6 — A fool's claim
Tuesday, May 5 — From emotion to devotion
Monday, May 4 — Son-Exposure
Sunday, May 3 — The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations - Intro
Friday, May 1 — Everyday witnesses
Thursday, April 30 — Faith coming alive
Wednesday, April 29 — Going the extra mile
Tuesday, April 28 — Living an unburdened life
Monday, April 27 — A testimony of thanksgiving
Sunday, April 26 — Rainbow Express Preschool Sunday (video)
Friday, April 24 — I shall not want
Thursday, April 23 — An opportunity for peace
Wednesday, April 22 — More than the eye can see
Tuesday, April 21 — Understanding your Father
Monday, April 20 — When more of nothing is what we need
Sunday, April 19 — Living as Lights in the Darkness (video)
Friday, April 17 — Perspective given in worship
Thursday, April 16 — Nothing can separate us
Wednesday, April 15 — The God who comes to us
Tuesday, April 14 — The Great Pause
Monday, April 13 — In search of treasure
Sunday, April 12 — He is Risen: A Matter of Fact, A Matter of Meaning (video)
Friday, April 10 — We have a Friend
Thursday, April 9 — Celebrate the gift of life!
Wednesday, April 8 — Of first importance
Tuesday, April 7 — What true peace looks like
Monday, April 6 — Handling the pressure
Palm Sunday — April 5, 2020 Sabbath Disciplines: Solitude and Silence (video)
Friday, April 3 — Be all the more diligent
Thursday, April 2 — How strong is your tent?
Wednesday, April 1 — Suffering that redeems
Tuesday, March 31 — Breaking and re-forming
Monday, March 30 — Remembering our vows
Sunday, March 29 — Fireworks vs Faithfulness (video)
Friday, March 27 — God sees the sparrow
Thursday, March 26 — A call for mutuality
Wednesday, March 25 — Pain with a purpose
Tuesday, March 24 — Does anxiety take your breath away?
Monday, March 23 — Even to the end of the age
Sunday, March 22 — A surprise lesson
Sunday, March 22 — From fear to faith (video)
Friday, March 20 — Generous living
Thursday, March 19 — Faith living
Wednesday, March 18 — Trust the engineer (or the chef)
Tuesday, March 17 — Is Jesus in the boat with you?
Monday, March 16 — The gift of "otherness"