Ten things you might think about doing during this time…
- Listen – We’ve been receiving from people the names of the worship songs that have really been speaking to them these days. Those songs are being compiled in a Spotify playlist and you can get to that playlist by going to our website, northgatefmc.com and then click on “Media” and “News” and the link will be there. And please keep letting us know what you’re listening to!
You might also want to check out this playlist called “Upbeat Songs for Quarantined Kids (Free Playlist). Here’s the link to an article about that… https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/upbeat-songs-quarantined-kids/
- Watch – We’ve been reminding you about Right Now Media and some of you have signed up for it recently, which is great. This is a Christian video service, free to attenders of Northgate (we pay a subscription fee for the whole church) and it’s full of great teaching and entertainment for adults and children. To get the password and sign up information, contact Sherrie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gospel Coalition offered this list for your consideration (viewer discretion…) https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/30-edifying-things-watch-stuck-at-home/
- Pray – I’m sure that there are more people praying more fervently and persistently as a result of this virus. Perhaps a lot of us are learning how to pray more consistently and specifically. If you want a little guidance on praying at this time, Lifeway has put out a 7-Day Coronavirus Prayer Guide. You can get it here…
- Serve – Jesus calls us as the church to be people who serve others, and that doesn’t stop when things like this happen. In fact, things like this need to push us to ask, “What can I do to help?” We can pray; we may be able to give financial help; we can call on people (more on that in a minute); we can encourage, etc. Many of you helped by donating food to the Salvation Army Food Pantry this past Monday. Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, there is another opportunity to help. Northgate will be a distribution site for Foodlink, beginning at 8am. At this point we could use 4 or 5 volunteers to help with the distribution. If you can help even for a short while, great!
- Call – Each of us has a circle of people we know: friends, family, neighbors, co-workers. How about giving some people a call, or sending a text letting them know that you are praying for them (do that!) and asking them if there is anything they need? Spread some encouragement, faith and hope!
- Gather – While we can’t gather at the church right now, we can still gather! New Zoom groups have started up in the past week, and some of our small groups are beginning to meet by Zoom. If your small group wants help getting that started, email us at email@example.com and we’ll walk you through it. It’s really not hard to do and it’s a good way to stay connected. Resources are available through Right Now Media and Seedbed is offering digital books and videos for free through March 28 – https://www.seedbed.com
- Read – If you find that self-isolating is leaving you with more time to read, there are a lot of good options. I always have about 10 or 12 books in queue! I’m reading some really good ones right now that are about the Holy Spirit. If you’re looking for some ideas, and a lead on some free audiobooks, you can check out this link:
- Worship – We can’t get together at our buildings, but the worship must go on! And it is! Saturday at 6 we livestream our service and after that it’s available on the website, Facebook and through the APP. Bring the family together at a time that works for you and experience worship at Northgate! Or invite friends to watch at the same time as you through Facebook and Facebook groups. But don’t neglect to worship!
- Write – Now is a good time to start that gratitude list you’ve thought about before. Remembering all that we have to be grateful for can help us get through hard times. Or maybe you want to journal as a way to calm anxiety, express frustration and deal with all the emotions you’re experiencing. “Talk” to the Lord through your writing and listen for His response.
- Enjoy – While there’s a lot of disruption in our lives at this time, there are also blessings to be found. A friend has pointed out that one day in the future our children may look back at this as a time when the family drew closer and grew stronger. Let’s see these days as opportunities, and not cave to despair or resentment. There’re good things to be found in this!
You Can Count on This – John 4:42 – They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and weknow that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (Read John 4:27-54)
I hope you’re reading scripture daily! It’ll bless you! We can’t have a second-hand relationship with Jesus. This woman’s neighbors did, until they sought out Jesus for themselves, and when they did that, then they knew, firsthand, that Jesus was the Savior. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, pick up the Bible and read it, and discover the truth about Jesus.
When you’re not sure what you can count on in the world around you, know this: You can count on God keeping his word. So read what God has to say in scripture! And count on it.