On January 30, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a virus called SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes has been named Coronavirus disease 2019 abbreviated COVID-19. On January 31st Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a Public Health Emergency for the United States and the entire healthcare community. On March 11th the World Health Organization publicly characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. The comforts of the world that we once knew has now become a plain of disbelief, doubt and distrust. The availability of our casual amenities are no longer a source of enjoyment. The things that once brought us peace has now began to intimidate us with fear. When I had to tell the congregation to please refrain from hugging or touching your neighbor it was at that moment that I knew things had changed drastically.
While we still hold fast to the word of God, specifically 2nd Timothy 1:7 where we’re reminded that God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and love and of a sound mind! Family, we must not allow our Fear to overtake our Faith! In this season I challenge all of you to spend quality time with your immediate family. Get closer to God, commit to physical, spiritual and mental health. Do not allow seeds of doubt to manifest! Trust God every step of the way! We do not know when we will be allowed to worship together as a body of believers.
So starting this Sunday we will have live streaming available via our online service. I will keep you all updated in the days to come on how worship will continue moving forward.
Family, let us be mindful of our Sick and Shut In! Let’s get on the phones and talk to each other like we use to before technology became our crutch. Let us not forget our ministry obligations during this time because the business of the church still has to continue. Keep an eye on our website www.mtpbc.org for updates and communications. I love you all! This too shalt pass.
Pastor D.M. Simmons