Pastor’s Note – March 19, 2020

In Pastor's Note by Schweitzer Church

Friends,

I’ve been reading through 2 Samuel lately. Recently, I read this line,
     During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years so
     David sought the face of the Lord. (2 Samuel 21:1)

I read that on Tuesday, which was my third day of social distancing…and they had the famine for three years!

None of us have been through anything like this before and so we all have lots and lots of questions about this. I’ve also never been through a famine, but I imagine similar questions must have surfaced for them as they have for us.

As I read 2 Samuel 21 and thought about three years of a famine, I am struck by David’s response. Notice what the Bible doesn’t say. It doesn’t say,

During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years so …

David got really stressed out.
David stayed glued to cable news for the latest information.
David got depressed.
David was filled with all kinds of anxiety. 

No, it simply says that David sought the face of the Lord.

In the midst of this pandemic here are some things I want to encourage you to be doing to seek God:

  • Now more than ever, fill your mind with the Word of God. Make sure you spend time everyday in the Bible. I think the Psalms are particularly helpful in stressful times.
  • Turn off the news. It’s good to stay informed, but oftentimes being glued to the news fills you with more anxiety.
  • Turn on worship music. Sing along. Worship God in the midst of this.
  • Pray. If you don’t know what to pray, pray through the Lord’s Prayer and restate it in your own words.
  • Make phone calls and reach out to people. Phone calls are better than texts and Facebook messages.

Finally, while we may not be meeting in-person we do have opportunities at Schweitzer to help bless people and care for one another.

  • Our Food Pantry is still in operation. Many of our volunteers are over 70 and so for us to stay open we are looking for folks to step in and serve. We will be moving into a drive-through option and delivery option for older people.
  • We are looking to help older folks in our church with grocery delivery and running errands.
  • We are working to provide food for children at Pittman Elementary, our partner school. Without school in session many kids are left without food. We will be doing a drive-through food delivery for families.

If you would like to help in any of these ministries, please call our main office line at 417-881-6800.

This Sunday, we will be meeting online at 9:02am on our website, sumc.co. I hope you’ll join us. We’re going to start a new series on the dynamic of faith and fear. If you know someone who is not able to access our website, please let us know (by calling the church line 417-881-6800) and we will send a physical CD to their home.

God is faithful.

Spencer