COVID-19 and Lent

This Sunday is the third in our Lenten Journey of Renewal. You have been encouraged to spend time in prayer and personal reflection; however, I am very well aware that such focus is more difficult than usual given the continual flood of news and updates concerning Covid-19. I receive a number of emails and updates daily concerning the number of cases and what health officials and others are doing to manage the concerns for health and safety. One thing very apparent, though, is that all the news received contains information about what to do for your physical well-being, (see the links below) but little is said about how we maintain our spiritual well-being. The truth is that though we can take all precautions from the CDC that are recommended, there is little we can do individually that will alter the situation globally except pray. We can, however, spend the time constructively by acknowledging that things are as they are and being in prayer for people around the world who are directly affected by this virus now. We can pray that God will help us clear our minds, control our imaginations and focus on what Lent can be for us spiritually. 

Below is a list you may find helpful as we all watch and pray concerning the Coronavirus. This includes some steps we have taken at SSBC as well as some resources for you. 

  • Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we encourage anyone who is symptomatic to stay home except to get medical care. You may follow these links for more information from the CDC’s website:

                – Symptoms
                – Prevention and Treatment
                – What to Do if You are Sick

  • We encourage basic hygiene practices, such as washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Maintenance staff have installed extra hand-sanitizer dispensers throughout our campus. 
  • Be considerate of those who may prefer not to shake hands before, during, or after worship or other gatherings.
  • Be attentive and compassionate to fellow members, friends, and neighbors who are more vulnerable to infection, including older adults and those with pre-existing conditions, those without health-insurance, as well as those who may be affected by income loss due to quarantines or workplace closures.
  • During the Passing of the Peace in worship, we will invite the congregation to do so verbally rather than by shaking hands. 

Grace and peace,
Tim Kelley

COVID-19 and Lent