Spiritual Resource Page COVID-19

Pastor, March 31, 2020 - 2:36 pm

Please pray for all who are sick at the moment that the Lord bring them healing and relief from their illness. For Celeste for recovery and for the Theodore- Webb Family: Wanda, Tabitha, Bridget and her daughter.

Louise & Michael Broussard, March 21, 2020 - 12:15 am

Our Prayer Request is for the HEALING of Our Nation, during this CORONAVIRUS CRISIS...And we Pray that all our Love Ones are Spared, & in his Good Grace AMEN

Pastor, March 17, 2020 - 6:13 pm

Sovereign Lord, we bow low before you in this time of uncertainty. Be present with your strong comfort among those most directly affected by this virus, and in your mercy bring them healing and recovery. Use this to make us as a nation deeply aware of our total dependence on you. Give us courage to face whatever the future holds, knowing that it-and we- are in your hands. Amen

Anonymous, March 17, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Pray that God continue to bless our congregation and our city and quickly bring the pandemic to an end.

Congregational updates

  • Kid’s Sunday School Video- Trent is creating a video lesson for the kids to watch. We plan on airing that Tuesdays 11:00 and for this week a unleavened bread cooking demo at 11:00 Wednesday. Find everything you need HERE
  • Bible information class is offered over video chat. Get through the whole class in 10 days. Contact pastor.
  • Prayers are needed those affected by COVID19
      • Wanda who is feeling ill and being tested for COVID,
      • Tabitha, Bridget and her daughter, Celeste who had the virus and are now recovering from it. Thankfully they are doing well.
      • Nathan Zeller – relative of the Mckinneys will start Air Force Boot Camp, but is in quarantine for as precaution.
  • Worship on Sunday- 41 signed in with connect cards. I know there were a few more tuning in too. Be sure to fill those out every week so we know who is joining us.
  • Unfortunately, the quarantine will not be over by Easter, the council has decided that we will celebrate in some way over the internet (if you have input give me a call), but whenever the quarantine ends we will celebrate it again together in worship!
  • This last Sunday would have been the crawfish boil :.( Hey, it’s another reminder that when we get to see one another next, a big celebration is due! I’m praying it’s not too late for crawfish.
 

City updates

  • The Governor and Mayor want to impress the importance of Social Distancing. Those not practicing it or staying home except for necessary needs (Doctor, grocery, medication) become a risk to themselves and others.
      • A second line parade was busted for forming during restrictions and face charges. 
  • COVID numbers: 4,025 positive cases and 185 dead
  • The convention center is being prepared as an overflow site for those with the virus. You cannot report there. If you are feeling ill go to the testing centers or a hospital.
 
Offerings and giving are an expression of the great love we have in Christ. Support Crown of Life’s at this unique time.
 

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Community Conundrum

Xavier Language club, Tulane ROTC, Dillard Auxiliary Services, Omicron Lambda Omega, Kappa Alpha Psi all have something in common. They volunteer and they all came to the community garden to do it! We are only a small slice of volunteer bases so that tells you there are many more are spending their time productively helping complete strangers.

It’s kind of new to me. From high school through grad school there were very few organized opportunities to serve. The philosophy was study hard and then after you’re done with school your contribution to society can begin. That’s definitely not the case today. I’ve had grade school age kids looking to fill their service hours. Increasingly educational institutions recognize learning can’t happen in a vacuum, and perhaps that being generous with time and ability is a learned thing not an automatic thing.

Serving is a good thing. I would even say it’s a Biblical thing. We are called to serve.  Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Academic institutions get that to some degree.  It isn’t automatic, that’s why it has to be commanded. The world is becoming so fiercely individualized that it increasingly has to be organized, and planned.  The sinful nature can resort to such a self focus it can neglect everything around it in the name of self fulfillment. It’s the other type of vacuum that sucks everything up for itself, it’s time, it’s resources, everything. Institutions know that’s neither healthy nor sustainable.

 

We’ve been spiritually equipped (by the Spirit through sermons, Bible Study, devotions, etc.). By Christ’s blood we are children of God alive with the Spirit learning what our new status means in life. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It might feel unnatural to do it at times, and it might seem like a burden to do it, but that’s because good works aren’t automatic. They had to be given to us, prepared for us to do. The danger is that we can become Christians so equipped to understand the needs of the world, but never putting ourselves in a position where we can address those needs. There’s the temptation to be like a spiritual strong man who would rather build his spiritual muscles to show them off, but become unconcerned or even annoyed with the weak who can’t carry their own spiritual baggage.

 

There’s no ambiguity about it. God did not put us on reserve for good works. He made you a productive part of God’s Kingdom right now! In this individualized world, it may mean being intentional about serving, but use that God given strength to show the weak you are willing to meet them where their burdens have kept them.

 

Here’s one opportunity to intentionally meet complete strangers. This Saturday the garden plans on preparing garden beds for growing. You can see information here.