“Hands of God”
Since the outbreak of COVID 19 (Corona virus) and the ensuing global pandemic, the world has been facing unprecedented experiences. With the rising number of those contracting the virus and the rising death toll, the normality of life and the pattern of life have been challenged. The world as a global community has faced this crisis in fear, not knowing when life would return to normal again--- schools, stores, jobs and businesses. The faith community, church, is no exception to be impacted by the Corona virus. The church building is closed. In person worship is replaced by online or pre-recorded worship. In person programs, activities and meetings are cancelled or replaced by on lined cyberspace meetings.
Amidst the global pandemic of COVID 19, I meditate on the hands of God working through this tough situation. God is in control. “I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13).
I personally feel the hands of God on me. During 2015-2017, I attended The Transforming Community retreat, a spiritual leadership training for contemplative life and ministry. It helped me to continue deepening my personal relationship with God while I was confined at home because of the virus.
I feel the hands of God on the life and ministry of St Paul church.
Years ago, our church installed audio/visual equipment in the sanctuary, and now, by projecting our text and hymns, we are able to offer worship without paper or printed materials, reducing the likelihood of virus spread through contact with these materials.
When our Trustee Committee installed security cameras around the building a year ago and formed security teams to serve each Sunday, one of our youth members offered his online streaming platform for the teams to join worship online at the church office. This enabled us to offer online livestreaming worship to entire congregation during this pandemic period when in-person worship is canceled. And we can build a foundation to reach out to the cyberspace community in the future.
A couple of years ago, our Finance Committee built an online giving system on the church website, and now everybody is able to give to the church, to continue our shared ministry, when we cannot come to worship in person.
We have church building, clean and neat, and with ample space in the sanctuary and parking lot. And we are able to offer Phase 1 Pioneering in person worship so that we can prepare carefully for Phase 2 and for the New Normal in- person worship.
Two years ago, we started St Paul’s “Vision Process 2018,” to discern God’s will through the mission and ministry of St Paul church. In reshaping the vision and mission of the church, one of the action plans was developing digital tools for effective ministry, communication and outreach. Now, during this pandemic time, we are able to use Zoom video communication for church meetings, prayer group, for leadership formation group, Bible study group and others. And we continue to develop digital ministries to serve God by serving people.
God is our hope during this pandemic of by COVID 19. God is always leading us by his hands. The Psalmist sings the song of God’s hand, “O Lord, your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” (Psalm 139:10)
May God bless you and keep you, and watch over you always.
Moonsup “Paul” Song