If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all
without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 1:5

One of the things we as elders continually have on our minds is the question of when and how we can return to a more ‘normal’ schedule here at Rockport. As I’ve said before, “No one dislikes our present situation more than I do.” I long for us to return to one service and Sunday School (I love Sunday School!), regular fellowship meals, D-Groups, etc. All these are important aspects of our church’s personality or culture or whatever you want to call it. And like many of you, I feel the loss very deeply and long for things to “get back to normal.”.

Without getting in to all the reasons we have not been able to do so yet, let me call us as a church to prayer that God will give us wisdom about how to begin moving things in that direction in a way that does not jeopardize the concerns of those in our congregation who are more vulnerable. And so looking to that goal, let me ask you to please do three things:

(1) Please Pray. As elders we need heavenly wisdom to make good decisions in this confused and confusing time. Like you, we are weary of having to deal with this thing and of trying to juggle scads of information about things that weren’t even on our radar six months ago. In times when human wisdom fails, we need wisdom from heaven. Thank God He promises to give it as we pray! So pray!

(2) Please be Patient. Whether you think we’re moving too fast or too slow, please be patient with us as we seek to give biblical care to everyone in our congregation. We will surely make mistakes. We won’t please everyone. But we are doing all in our power to be faithful to Christ in what we do.

(3) Please Continue to Persevere! When things drag on, it’s easy to just give up. But don’t give up! Keep looking to Christ! Keep encouraging one another daily as long as it is called today. Keep striving to walk together by faith in Christ!.

These present troubles will soon give way to a glory that has no end!

Pastor S. Scott Lee