|There is no way to adequately describe the feelings we all have during this Holy Week. Feelings and thoughts present with us from the middle of March onward as we were thrust into a forced pause in our daily routines of life. But now, at least for me, these thoughts and feelings are more penetrating and intense as I read and reflect on the events during Holy Week. Perhaps it is the reality that we do not, nor can we, control life, but we are to live it as it comes to us with a resolve to do so as Christ’s Spirit leads us. This pause, or at least reduced pace of life during the pandemic, does open opportunities to look outward and with open eyes to see the needs around us. Many of those were present before the pandemic, but now there are new needs related to the treatment of Covid-19 patents and the economic effects of this pandemic.|
As individuals, you nor I can do everything, but there are some tangible things we can do. Perhaps you can help with collection and donation of supplies such as the personal protection equipment, or check on those most vulnerable and making sure they have food and ensuring that those who are isolated stay connected even if in a limited way. There is already a long list of needs, other than the medical needs, with so many people losing their jobs. The non-profits providing direct services of food, clothing and shelter are seeing a rapid increase in calls for assistance. It is time for us to take action to meet these needs. Southside Baptist Church provides food and clothing through our Food Bank and Clothes Closet ministries. Your gifts to our budget help support these ministries. SSBC houses the offices of Family Promise of Birmingham which provides housing for homeless families, and Bridge Ministries which provides direct emergency services.
The ministries of your church and these non-profits all need your help in meeting the current needs and the needs we will see in the weeks ahead. You may give through SSBC to help with specific needs by designating your gifts to those ministries or non-profits. In the upper room while sharing the Passover meal, Jesus said, this is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Reflecting on the blessings of God’s love, mercy and grace that we experience, may we all love others through meeting the needs we see before us.
There are a number of opportunities in which you can virtually participate this week such as study groups and worship:Wednesday evening, a Zoom meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. This is a time of prayer and discussion providing a means to stay connected with one another. Details for our Wednesday meeting are listed below.Thursday at 6:00p.m., we will also have a Zoom meeting for a Virtual Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion. Before Thursday, gather your bread and grape juice or wine so that we can all participate in this holy occasion.Friday evening at 6:00p.m., we will have a Good Friday Service via livestream. The links for all of these events are included below.
Grace and Peace,
>> Wednesday Prayer Time and Bible Study
Time: Apr 8, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time
Meeting ID: 721 052 058
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>> Maundy Thursday Service
Time: Apr 9, 2020 06:00 PM Central Time
Meeting ID: 717 331 103
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>> Good Friday Service
Livestream at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9KD4Eg0RS0nvjWKyxWGbaw