Gathered & Scattered
On Sunday we will embark on a new series around being simultaneously gathered and scattered. We’ll be looking at some Old Testament heroes and how God used times of trial in their lives as they moved away from what was their ‘normal’ to prepare them to do great things in his name.
The thought of being scattered is, at this time in our lives, very prevalent. We are not meeting in person for worship. Gathering is a challenge as we continue to deal with the constraints and limitations which COVID-19 has placed on us. However, although these limitations feel at times to be constricting our mission, we can take solace in the fact that God is in control. We look to Scripture to provide for us examples of those who have gone before in dealing with situations of scattering, and yet kept their eyes fixed on God, and, in that, retained a strong grasp on community.
“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” Acts 8:4
The early church, although dispersed, took the word of God with them. They preached Christ crucified, and through that process, many churches were planted with many people giving their lives to Jesus. This is a great picture for us to hold on to at this time. We are dispersed. We are unable to meet in traditional ways. But let us be giving thanks to God for the ways in which we can continue to be in community.
This week, our Old Testament Hero is going to be Joseph, a boy who was spoilt, sold into slavery by his brothers, and became a man who later saved his family from famine. There is a great deal in Joseph’s story, as he moved from being self-centered to God-centered, as he stopped concentrating on his negative circumstances and instead, focused on the blessings that he experienced.
So, join us for Virtual Church as we embark on this journey of looking back in order to be better prepared to move forward.