Greetings City Hill Church,
What a week this has been! No doubt many of you are trying to make sense of the Coronavirus and its impact on your life going forward. But through it all, I have personally been encouraged in remembering that our Sovereign God is good and even these events are not outside of His control. In fact, God has used HIs church in the past through challenging times like this to advance His kingdom.
It has also been wonderful to see how many of you have been building each other up in love through encouraging messages of hope and reminders of God’s faithfulness. That’s what the church should look like, so let’s keep doing it!
As Sunday approaches, I am getting excited as I think about the opportunity that this time is bringing. So, to embrace this moment as an opportunity given to us by God, I want to give some pointers to help you.
i. Let’s prepare our hearts to meet with Jesus.
It’s hard for us to even imagine how this can be done in this context, so let’s remember that we are still gathering as a church – just “differently”! God has promised that He will be with His people when they gather and that won’t change tomorrow!
ii. Let’s prepare our technology.
We have chosen to use YouTube as the medium through which our church service will be broadcast. It seems to be the most accessible platform for most people. To facilitate this, a new YouTube Channel has been started to serve us at this time – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCuR2lKQO2EaQbTzwL3faQ/featured. If you are unsure of this link, you can click on the YouTube link at the bottom of City Hill’s web page – www.cityhillchurch.org.za and you will be taken to the right place.
iii. Let’s prepare in personal planning.
We will be starting promptly at 10 am as we normally do. We really want you to be with us right from the beginning.
iv. Let’s prepare by inviting others
Invite others even if it means they will also be meeting remotely from a different location. This may be one of the biggest evangelistic opportunities of our time!
I think there are a few ways you can do this:
If you are joining us online, please comment on our YouTube Channel or send me a WhatsApp message to: 083 602 0683 to let us know that you are sharing this experience with us. We would love this to be a City Hill Church family moment even if we can’t see all your faces.
Please share with us as well as your friend in the church, how God is working in your life. A principle that I have found helpful through the years is one from Henry Blackaby which is simple, “God is always at work around you.” Why not look and share where He is at work in your life.
3. Follow us
If you are on Social Networks, please follow and share what we will be posting in the days ahead. Links to our Social Networking pages are on our website. This could be some of the most effective ways for communication in the coming days.
Please don’t stop praying for each other and please keep praying for me and the elders as we seek godly wisdom to navigate these times!
2 Peter 1:2 “May grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
Please let me know if there is any way I can be serving you in this time, or if there is any way I can be praying for you. Feel free to contact me on either my cell – 083 602 0683 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org.