A Letter from the Pastor

Once again we will be following our government guidelines to protect our communities from the Corona Virus.  This Sunday, as we did last Sunday, we will be streaming our service on our Facebook page at 10:30am.  Several of you have elected to meet at the church, while practicing social distancing requirements, and the rest have joined online.  During this difficult season I so appreciate the support we are giving to each other.  We are looking forward to worshipping together in our new normal. One of my favorite verses about our weekly worship gatherings is found in the Hebrews: Hebrews 10:25 Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. In the passage, we see our community coming together. We see encouraging each other and we see how important it is to meet together especially in these hard times.  He says “Not Neglecting” getting together! We miss worshipping alongside each of you. As we are gathering online for worship in the coming weeks, “Not Neglecting” getting together!, I want to encourage us to approach the worship services actively–not passively. We will need to willfully choose to be active as we worship because the television screen has trained us to be passive.  I recently read these eight ways to make the most of our worship gatherings online:

1. Share the link to our worship service with friends and family.
What a great time to invite people to hear the good news of Jesus! 
Share with some friends, and invite people to watch at the same time you are watching. Simply copy and paste the link to our services and text or email to friends: Copy and paste this in your web browser  https://www.facebook.com/pg/Liberty-Church-Salt-Lake-292342004119645/videos/?ref=page_internal

2. Be ready before the service begins.
Don’t have the service passively playing in the background. Set the room and make the worship gathering the focus of the hour. 

3. Reduce distractions.
If you are multitasking, you won’t be able to fully engage.

4. Pray that the Lord will teach you and encourage you.
Take time before the service begins to ask the Lord to speak to you. 

5. Sing aloud. Yes, it feels awkward at first. But go for it!
Some people don’t sing in church because they feel embarrassed by their singing. As you watch from home, it is just you or you and people who love you. 

6. Follow along in your Bible. Take notes.
Don’t be lazy in hearing the message (Hebrews 4:11). Press in. 

7. Participate in giving.
Giving is a spiritual discipline that reminds us God is the One who meets all our needs. You can mail in your giving, do Bill Pay and soon we will have online giving.

8. Reflect on the message or discuss the message with others.
Comment on line.  If you are watching live and need prayer we will be watching the comments and will pray for you right then.We are praying for our church and are committed to feeding you and leading you during this crazy season!

In Christ,
Dave & Steff Springer