A letter from Pastor Doug
28th June, 2020
The word ‘unprecedented’ has been used way too many times of late, however, it is a word that seems to sum up our reality. In talking with many different people, I realise that some have been busier than ever, others have found coping very difficult and still others have breezed through without many concerns.
Let’s be careful not to take the chainsaw to 2020 just yet though, because for many people it has been a year of great learning and stretching. Our Sovereign God has been at work in you, in our church, and in the church worldwide, working all things together for His good. Faith growth often only comes through pain, hardship, loss and turmoil. It’s in these things that we reach out to God with a renewed level of faith and dependence. It does us good to think deeply on what He has been working on in each of us.
A question I’ve been asked lately is; “When can we come back together?” The answer is that we are not rushing but want to rebuild steadily.
- We will for now continue our online service on YouTube and ‘Wake Up Wednesday’ on our MUBC Facebook page.
- For some weeks now we have recommenced our prayer times in the middle hall. Wednesday nights 7-8pm and Thursday morning 7-7:40am. Please consider coming.
- Many small groups have moved from zoom meeting to meeting in homes or in the church facility.
At the time of writing there are still many restrictions in place which include: 4m2 per person (56 people in our auditorium), cleaning before and after all groups (includes wiping over all chairs, tables, door handles etc. with sanitiser), no singing, restrictions around food, keeping a list of all who enter with contact details, no personal contact (handshakes, hugs). I don’t know about you, but all those things tell me that it’s wise to wait a little while longer before we re-gather on Sundays.
As we move forward let me encourage you in a couple of things:
Firstly, if you’re in need of some company, a yarn, a coffee; reach out to someone. Now is not the time to say the pastor hasn’t called, or no one has visited. The hard reality is that the church is not actually here to meet your needs, rather, you are the church. For some time now we have urged and encouraged everyone to join a small group, so again, please take the opportunity to do that. Call Bernie on 0492 955 588 and he will link you in. As we rebuild, we will need to go from small to large, so; connect, encourage, stretch.
I have enjoyed catching up with a stack of folk in recent weeks in many different ways and am only a phone call or email away.
Second, talking about rebuilding, in the new term we are to start a series in Nehemiah called “Together we Build”. Sound appropriate for our time?
Third, be encouraged, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfector of your faith – Hebrews 12:2. Remember you are citizens of heaven, so live in that reality – Phil 1:27/3:20. Make your first priority to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness – Matt 6:33. And remember, you were ransomed by the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God – 1 Peter 1:18-19.
Every Blessing in Christ,