March 27, 2020
Dear BCOC Family,
As I write to you this morning from my home, I hear the rain trickling down softly on the ground. It is a cloudy Saturday morning. Though I cannot see the sun, I know it is there and will shine once again. I wanted to take a moment to encourage your hearts and remind you of a few things.
We will be streaming our church service live again this week. Please join us tomorrow morning, Sunday March 28, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. for our online service. Remember, you can join us on our website, FB live or the BCOC app. It is very important in these days that we stay connected and come together as a church family in worship even though we are not able to be together in person. Let’s all gather together in our homes and connect with one another. We’d love for you to take pictures of your family worshipping with us and send those to us. Send us your prayer requests, share with us what the Lord has been speaking to you, and share what is happening in your homes and lives. How can we help you? What do you need right now?
A few scriptures and thoughts that are on my heart today:
Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
‘The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and in this place I will give peace,’ declares the LORD of hosts.
I Timothy 2:1-4
Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in [authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.
- As we see darkness all around us, remember God’s promise: The Lord is arising over His church and His glory is seen on us. This is the hour for us to shine with the glory of God. Do not despair. If you have lost a job, believe God that He is taking care of you (Matthew 6). He will give us creative ideas. We will shine in the midst of darkness and despair.
- Declare Haggai 2:9: The latter glory of this house is greater…. We declare over you and your families that He is giving you peace. We call peace over your mind, your feelings, your emotions. Peace rules and reigns in your hearts, homes and relationships.
- Pray for leaders right now. Pray for those on the frontlines. Pray for healthcare workers. Pray for those leading in government (local and national). Pray for pastors. Pray unity over our nation. Pray healing and forgiveness to flow. The Lord commands the blessing where there is unity (Psalms 133). A house divided cannot stand. Ask God to give wisdom to our leaders. Pray God would pour out His Spirit in these days (Joel 2). Pray for another great awakening in our land. Pray. Talk to God. Call out to Jesus. Pray for those in hospitals suffering. Pray for supernatural visitations. Gather with your family and cry out in faith to Him. He comes to us as the rain.
- It is midnight. What are we to do at midnight? Pray and sing praises to God. Praise stills the enemy. Praise breaks chains. Praise moves mountains. Praise the Lord from the bottom of your heart. Resist the temptation to murmur and complain. “Let everything that hath breathe, praise the Lord (Psalm 150:6)!
This is the hour to listen to the Holy Spirit. He is faithful and will show us the way to go in these coming days. We will go together. You are not alone. Be gentle and kind with one another. Go for a walk. Hug your children. Look up at the sky. God is our refuge in these times of trouble.
Our hearts long to all be together soon. We miss you and love you with all our hearts.
All my love,
Pastor Maureen Stanek