I'm desiring to share some thoughts and details that will hopefully be helpful and meaningful for you. I'm missing you and thinking about you and praying for you all the time. We will get through this together and God’s presence and love is with us every step of the way.
Sunday our live worship will be at 11AM EST on our Nature Coast Church Facebook page. If you are already on Facebook and have not 'liked' the Nature Coast Church page please do so. The Nature Coast Church Facebook is not only the place of our 'live' broadcasts it is also a place where we will seek to communicate regularly in these days of social distancing. Since our Facebook profile is public you don't have to have Facebook to participate in our live worship.
Check us out here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/naturecoastchurch/videos/?ref=page_internal (ignore Facebooks attempt to login or create account just click on video link to the left)
One final note on Sunday's 'live' worship. It is my plan to share in the Lord's table with those watching so if you have wine and some bread have it with you as you watch and we will partake together.
Our staff has been working from home this week. We have been thinking and planning to do all we can to take care of you and the Nature Coast. Nature Coast's elders, deacon team, prayer team, and soul care team are committed to praying and caring for you all. Our hope is that we can offer connection in the midst of all this distancing and comfort in this extreme situation. If there is anything else we can do to help, please let us know. In the coming days we will be communicating a structure going forward and the individual (s) or teams tasked with leading each initiative.
I feel in some ways our Nature Coast vision which you all have so passionately supported and embraced over the last couple of years has prepped us for this time. These last couple of years Christ has pushed us to be a spontaneously intentional 'Praying' church. Our soul care team through the training of Pastor Chuck Holliday is prepped to listen, pray, and act. Our commitment over the last few years to be live on Sunday mornings and live during the week with our Rhythms of Grace devotionals means we didn't have to scramble in this crisis to figure how we would make it work. We have many challenges ahead, but God's gracious hand has been moving us for this time and these days. His Holy Spirit is pouring the love of Christ into our church family and out into the world.
My heart's longing during this time of social distancing is that each of us continue to participate in the life of Nature Coast Church. We have suspended in person gatherings, but Nature Coast Church IS NOT CLOSED, NOT SHUTTERED -- NOR IS THE GOOD NEWS! I miss you all, so my heart longs for you to participate with all that we do online. The message of the cross is the power of God no matter the times. He has promised His Spirit to pour out the love of Christ. Let us pray together for the scared, anxious, sick, and alone. God has promised that by His Spirit His power is made perfect in our weakness. He cannot and does not lie. He loves us! We are his forever!
I leave you with His promised love and faithfulness! Christ's breath in our lungs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHz0w-HG4iU ~ Brad
Posted on Fri, March 20, 2020
by Brad Bresson