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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold at home and around the world. Many of us have been practicing social distancing in our own homes and neighborhoods, knowing that when we stay home, we can save lives. On a global scale, the pandemic continues to escalate and impact many communities.
During this time of uncertainty, the presence and support of our wider Church is more important than ever.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. -Psalm 130:5-6
Life has changed significantly over the past two weeks.
In the “new normal” of social distancing in response to COVID-19, the Church is working hard to adjust quickly. Most have canceled in-person worship and gatherings, and moved to online platforms as a means of staying connected. Many are finding ways to serve their neighbors and continue critical mission commitments in spite of new challenges. The gifts of the church are needed now more than ever, and our Disciples congregations have shown incredible resilience in adapting to these unprecedented circumstances.
I lift up my eyes to the hills –
from where will my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
~Psalm 121: 1-2
No doubt there are those who have concerns and anxiety about the coronavirus as it continues to spread. We may not yet know the extent to which the disease will affect the United States and Canada but with prevention efforts and timely responses, the impact on our congregations and communities can be reduced.