Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!
The last couple weeks have been a real challenge for all of us as we’ve tried to adjust to the daily changes in our world, our community and even our households. And with the adjustments there have been some sacrifices.
Some of us are discovering for the very first time what it’s like to work from home. Our kids are realizing that their schoolwork is 100% homework. Some of you may have been laid off from your job and others may be concerned that your job may be next. All the while we are encouraged to keep our social distance — six feet at least.
I don’t know about you but this new way of life is a bit stressful. It’s hard to know how long this will last or what the government will require of us next. Even this church is rethinking what it means to Follow Jesus Together from a distance.
I recently read that there are the choices we have when we experience hardships. We choose to let the hardship:
- Define us
- Destroy us
- Or strengthen us
Psalm 46 points us toward the later. Psalm 46:1-3 says, “God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
We believe that in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the trouble, when the world seems to be coming apart at the seams we refuse to fear because God is our refuge and our strength.
As a result, great things are happening as we Follow Jesus Together. As you enjoy worshiping with us online each week, please invite a friend or neighbor to worship, too, at 8:30, 9:45 or 11:00 AM. If you have a prayer concern or just want to say ‘hi’ feel free to join in the chat. We have several chat hosts that are there to answer questions or pray with you.
Many of our Life Groups continue to meet together each week not in the same room but through FaceTime and Zoom. Our Youth Ministry continues to meet on Sunday evenings in a big group on YouTube and then breakout in Life groups through Zoom or FaceTime. We are encouraged to find our Generous Bins full each day as you are donating canned goods, soups and canned tomato products for the Worthington Resource Pantry. Giving continues to be strong and we just want to say thank you for your generosity!
We are a part of a strong church but through this crisis we are proving to be even stronger than we were before. God is our refuge and our strength an ever present help in times of trouble. He will help us endure, and we will be stronger.
Believe it or not, but Easter is just a few weeks away. This year we will be worshiping online so make it a high priority to invite your friends and family to worship with us. We will have our Good Friday service posted online Friday afternoon (April 10) before Easter.
Our prayer for you this week is that you will know that God loves you. He is with you. He will strengthen you. Have a great week and we hope to see you online this Sunday as we Follow Jesus Together!
(March 25, 2020)
FOLLOW JESUS TOGETHER
Our first step is to connect to Christ so we can grow into a closer relationship with him as a disciple (or follower). Through service projects, Life Groups, Bible studies, special events and generous donations to local outreach efforts, we work together to deepen our faith as we make a positive impact for Jesus in our community, neighborhoods, homes and personal relationships. This is the core of who we are at Worthington Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio.
Greetings from your friends and family at Worthington Christian Church!
Our vision is to ‘Follow Jesus Together’ and despite the uncertainty that is affecting our lives, our community and the entire world, never have I been more thankful than to be a follower of Jesus and to be a part of such an awesome family called “the Church.”
I have been reminded of so many encouraging promises from God’s word over the last few days, but one of the most powerful is the one spoken by Jesus in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Did you know that we have been told over 365 times in the word of God to not be afraid? That’s one time for every day of the year.
We wanted to share with our friends and family a few updates:
- We will offer a weekly video update every Wednesday until we are able to gather together in person again. This will give us an opportunity to share with you how the church is still being the church in our local community. Look for these updates on our website, eView and Facebook.
- We want to invite you and anyone you know who may need encouragement to our online worship experience. We estimate that we had over 4,000 people join us for worship this past Sunday and it was incredible. It is easy, now more than ever, to invite someone to join you for worship. Just stop by the church website and click the blue “Watch the Sermon” button to go to our online campus. From there, you can click the ‘Invite’ button on the specific time you want to invite a friend.
- We are partnering with Worthington Resource Pantry (who is also one of our Impact partners) to help restock their pantry for those in need in our community. They have specifically requested three things: canned soup (especially tomato based), macaroni & cheese and granola bars. You can drop these items off in the big blue bins located on the front porch anytime Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
A.W. Tozer said, “A frightened world needs a fearless church.” We want to be that fearless church and we are doing all we can to contact the high-risk members of our church to see if they are in need of anything during this time and to pray with them.
Please be in prayer – not just for our country and our community, but for our church to be the salt of the earth during this pandemic. We are also offering encouragement each day via our Facebook page and we encourage you to stop by and follow us.
All that having been said, I want to encourage all of us to do three things:
- Let’s pray first
- Let’s simplify
- Let’s stay positive
We have the hope of Jesus and we love you all. We’re praying for you and we can’t wait to worship with you again this Sunday at 8:30, 9:45 & 11:00 AM.
Let’s Follow Jesus Together.
Dr. Jay Scott
(March 18, 2020)
As We Follow Jesus Together…
The Apostle Paul provides us with this timely encouragement, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
As you are already aware, we spent a lot of time in prayer and careful consideration and the leadership of Worthington Christian Church has decided to suspend all gatherings, including our Sunday worship services and all ministry activities including life groups, Men and Women’s Ministry, Bible studies, and all next generation ministries, effective immediately–until further notice. While we have found this to be a difficult decision, we are deeply committed to the instruction of God’s Word, which encourages us to be above reproach in matters that affect our community.
As shared by Governor Mike DeWine, we have been advised to not gather as a large group until further notice. However, we are blessed to have an online option available. Until further notice, we will offer a simulated live stream of our full worship services at 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 AM on Sunday. The worship service will also be available on the church website for you to watch at any time next week.
This Sunday we will NOT begin our new series ‘Minor Prophets: Major Message,’ but will instead roll out a fresh-off-the-press, and when we say fresh, we mean really fresh, like yesterday fresh, series called ‘FAITH > fear.’ This Sunday we will take a look at Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus Calms the Storm. We are not quite sure what will take place concerning the threat of the Coronavirus, but we can be assured of this. “Nothing will separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:28).
We would also like to be a blessing to others at this time. We have set out large blue bins on the front porch of the church for donations of paper products and canned goods for those who may be under resourced and also for those who are home bound. These blue bins will be located on the main front porch of the church from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM until further notice. Please join us as we pray for people everywhere affected by the threat of the Coronavirus.
Blessed to Follow Jesus Together,
Dr. Jay Scott
(March 13, 2020)