Greetings from California. It has been a blessing to spend time with family and friends not seen for too long. I am looking forward to being back with you later next week. As I write, California is heading into stricter lock down due to pressure on emergency beds. The restrictions are similar to the Tier 2 and 3 rules in England, where "mingling" with other household bubbles indoors is prohibited. Our Church Boards decided some time back that if our Districts went into Tier 2 or 3, we will meet online only. Our Districts are now in Tier 2. So all meetings will continue to be online only at this time. Be assured we will continue to monitor the situation and review decisions.
It is one of those paradoxes of the gospel (good news), where it says "he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty" (Luke 1:53). God lifts up the hungry (the humble), often people with "not much" to contribute, people who look unimpressive, people who can be morally messed-up, people who hunger and thirst for righteousness, people who are looking for something better, people who even stand at a distance from God. If that is how you feel, take heart, God promises to fill you with good things. Such will not be sent away empty, they will be filled, that is God's promise.
But there is another side, "the rich (proud) he has sent away empty". We may be proud in thinking too much of our achievements or we may, be proud in thinking too little of ourselves and wallowing in our failures. A different kind of pride. But we will miss out on those good things that God wants in us. How can you fill someone that is already full?
Our Family Service will be on Zoom and Facebook this Saturday/Sabbath at 11.15am. Errol Victorio will share a message. At 3pm, Church Family Fellowship will be an interesting and uplifting programme as we share stories behind the hymns that we sing. We encourage everyone to attend.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett