Update from Pastor Sheldon MacGillivray
May 13, 2020
Dear Cornerstone Family,
As each week passes, our world continues to change and it will require Cornerstone to change as well. We will be different from what we were before the outbreak. At this time, we do not have a firm date to give you for reopening. Too much is uncertain. As I reflect over my four and a half years here at Cornerstone, nothing has been normal. Things have always been changing. We are used to change, and we have adapted to the many challenges that have confronted us. I am confident that we can meet this challenge as well. We have always seen God at work in the midst of trials and we have learned to follow him. Faith and trust in Him will be needed all the more now.
The Lord has shown us over and over that the church is not a building. A friend sent this A.W. Tozer quote to me this week:
If you burn down the church building and drive away all the people, you have not disturbed Christian worship at all. Keep a Christian from entering the church sanctuary and you have not in the least bit hindered his worship. We carry our sanctuary with us. We never leave it.
The early Christian church experienced this when they were persecuted for following Jesus. They were uprooted from their homes and had to flee to the countryside. They were scattered and had to find new ways to worship the Lord. Those who survived never stopped worshiping God. He was with them and He was their sanctuary. As they moved further and further away from the persecution, they took the gospel with them. The Lord used the persecution to take the gospel throughout the Ancient Near East. It was said that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church, and the Church began to flourish throughout the world. We are being called to look for new ways to reach people with the gospel right in our neighborhoods. We have a great opportunity before us as we begin another new chapter at Cornerstone.
Serving the Community
As a church body, we are concerned for the community and looking for ways to be the hands of feet of Jesus, to reach out in love to our neighbor and community. We are currently working with New Hope Food Pantry to assist in meeting an immediate need for food provisions for the many who have lost jobs. Details are being finalized and will be communicated to you, including where and how to drop the food in the church parking lot.
Celebrating our Graduates
We also will be celebrating our 2020 graduates in a few weeks’ time. We will be creating a slideshow to follow one of our Sunday morning broadcasts. We need your help to provide the information and pictures to make it happen. Please send a photo of your student along with the name of the school from which they are graduating. Also, feel free to share where they will be going to school or where they will be working once they graduate. Please forward the information to Jordan Buscher at email@example.com by May 25.
As we continue our series on the Fruit of the Spirit, we will examine what it means to display kindness toward others. To prepare your hearts for worship this week, I would like to encourage you to read Zechariah 7:8-10. God called the people of Israel to show kindness to their neighbor, to care for the widow, the orphan and the stranger. As we show kindness to others, we display the kindness of God through our lives. Join us as we learn about the fruitful life.
See you Sunday,
Lead Pastor, Cornerstone