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first lubbock covid-19 update

Unprecedented! It’s the word I hear associated most often with the accommodations, adjustments, and actions resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Certainly, it is unprecedented to this present generation, but it rings familiar for one particular entity—the church. In the midst of epidemics, pandemics, plagues, and mass hysteria, the church has a long history of finding herself at ground zero as a presence of hope, peace, care, and ministry.

 

From the Cyprian Plague (AD 250-270), to the Antonine Plague (AD 165-180), to recurring pandemics of the Black Death (Bubonic Plague), the church was noted for her service of benevolence to, as the pagan Emperor Julian wrote, “not only their own poor but ours as well.”

 

As pastors have struggled in recent days with decisions effecting both congregational and community well-being; determining whether to assemble or not to assemble, all the while posting our well-prepared, and thought-out statements for social media, our collective conscience recognizes how these responses stand in stark contrast to past responses in church history. However, what is unprecedented for our page in history is the fully professionalized health care system in which modern pandemics occur. 

 

With today’s understanding of the germ theory of disease, the currently accepted scientific theory for many diseases, one’s willingness to charge the front lines of battle with a cold compress is not only unnecessary, but, also, foolish and problematic. For such a time as this, the best application of the church’s “Golden Rule” ethic is to follow the universally prescribed dictates of established health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and local health care providers. To truly be of greater service to our fellow man, and the health care community, we might do well to practice the first dictate of the physician’s Hippocratic Oath: “Do no harm.” This task is best accomplished by good hygiene and social distancing.

 

Desiring to be exemplary community partners, and supportive of the directives set forth by city officials at yesterday’s (03-18-2020) press conference, please make note of the following:

  • Sunday Worship Will Be “online” Only Until Further Notice. The “live stream” will begin at 11:00 A.M. I encourage you to not just turn it on as background noise, but to watch and engage. This blended service can be viewed at firstlubbock.org, https: //www.facebook.com/firstlubbock, or our FBC App.

  • All Church Activities and Gatherings Are Cancelled Until Further Notice. Even so, the needs of individuals and families continue, and for a great many, even heightened. Therefore, all of our staff will continue to maintain normal office hours and availability.

  • Daily Resources Will Be Provided for The Spiritual Formation of Your Family. Utilizing the best means of communication, each age group pastor will provide links and/or materials from credible sources to help you in your personal discipleship and the discipleship of your family. If you have not done so, you can sign up for my daily devotional at bobbydagnel.wordpress.com

  • We Are Still A Ministering Presence in Our Community. Though we have taken the proactive steps to cancel our May water well trip to Honduras and the Belize mission trip, all efforts are now focused on utilizing our resources for our local ministry partnerships.

  • The Continued Financial Support of Our Church Is Vital.  In a climate of panic and hoarding, a telling part of our witness as followers of Christ is a hopeful calm, and faithful giving. For the time being, though much has changed for the church and our gathering together, God’s guiding principles of stewardship have not. With so much of our ministry in the community being to “the least of these,” I am certain these needs will only increase during this time. Giving can be done by mail, the FBC website, the FBC App, or if you are looking to get out of the house and drive around, you can drive up to the circle drive, call the church office, and someone will come out to pick up your contribution.

What I most grieve during these days is that we can’t gather together; seeing each other, hugging, shaking hands, laughing together, grieving together, and worshipping our God together. Our coming together is a kind of “roll call” of who’s here and who is not; who do we need to check up on. Though we don’t know when, we look ahead confidently to that day when we can gather again, and what a glorious day that will be. As humankind, we do not do well spiritually, mentally, or physically in isolation, so it’s crucial we utilize other ways of staying connected while practicing social distancing.

How do we pray during these days?

  • Pray for researchers and the discovery of a vaccine; that this virus might run its course

  • Pray for the healthcare workers manning the front lines

  • Pray for a great revival; that when we can gather again, and so many having been shaken to the core of their being, there would be a longing and thirst for what only the resurrected Christ can offer.

 

In these “unprecedented” times, God’s people can find confidence and assurance, certainly, in the abiding presence of the resurrected Christ, but also in our own history as a people. Both past and present, our burden is to act always for the welfare of the city (Jeremiah 29:7).

 

Blessings and Peace,

 

Bobby

staying connected

We have a few ways you can continue to worship with us over the coming weeks and months.

  • Catch the live stream of our worship services at:

    • facebook.com/firstlubbock​

    • live.firstlubbock.org

    • Go to the FirstLubbock App, click service times, and select "Progressions"

  • Channel 22 (MyLubbockTV) will air last week's service every Sunday.

  • View the library of all of our previous services by visiting our YouTube page (youtube.com/FBCLubbockTX)

In addition to worshipping with us you can also stay connected by following our social media pages. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing:

  • Bobby Dagnel's Daily Devotionals

  • Worship Service Recaps

  • Sermon Clips

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