We had church yesterday! Well, sort of, kind of, maybe, well yes! Almost 50 cars of JCPC members and friends arrived on campus yesterday. Here's a picture of Steve Navarro welcoming folks back to JCPC as well as waving to cars passing by.
In conjunction with our online worship service we invited you to return to campus to receive prayers and blessings, receive a CD of songs of hope, to receive your offering and to bring food for Hands of Christ. Gray and I were talking midway through and we both exclaimed we were having church; an alternative worship service to fit the day.
As I reflected upon this church gathering and immediately Jesus' words came to mind:
"Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."
This teaching of Jesus is found midway through Matthew 18. Since it comes midway through the chapter I wanted to refresh my memory regarding what preceded the teaching. Well I found that the parable of the shepherd who had 100 sheep comes before this teaching.
I thought how appropriate this text is to our day and time but in a different context. Rather than one sheep wandering off from the 100 we have been surviving in a shelter in place phenomena which causes the entire flock to be physically distanced from each other. On Sunday morning, the flock began to return to our church on the hill; JCPC, and it sure felt like church! With the heat building it sure felt like a good ole fashion southern prayer meeting.