Dear Onward family,
We are very mindful that this is a difficult time for so many people on so many different levels in our church family and the wider community. For some of you, your employment and/or income has been affected, and for others, the nature of your job puts you at more risk to exposure to the virus. Understandably, you may feel fear and anxiety. We want you to know that we are praying for you, and you are on our hearts and minds. God promises (in Isaiah 41:10), “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
With restrictions on public gatherings in effect we will not be having our Sunday service for the foreseeable short-term future. During this time, the sermons will be video recorded and posted weekly on our Onward Gospel Church youtube channel at the following link.
Some have been asking about ways to give your tithes and offerings. There are two options. You may send it by snail mail to the church address, or you can make electronic donations via the “donate now” link in the top right corner of the church website: http://www.onwardgospelchurch.com/
In times like this, it is important to remember that the church is not a building, or a place, it’s the people. May we continue to be the church, even though our ability to gather in person is limited. Pick up the phone and call someone in the directory. Check in with others. Send them an email.
Finally, the words of Jesus come to my mind when he said (in Matthew 16:18), “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Nothing, not even the covid-19 virus, will get in the way of the work of Jesus to build his church.
Even now He is drawing people to Himself. Even now, He is building His church.
We hope that you will be encouraged and built up as you listen to this week’s sermon, on the Denial of Peter, and some lessons we can learn from it, as we continue our study in John’s Gospel.
We love you and continue to pray for you.