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Notes from Pastor Rob

April 3, 2020

Isolation Day 20! How are you holding up? Bored to tears?  Hang in there, peeps. It will be worth it to avoid any virus. I’ve already participated in a couple of calls to fast and pray. Here’s another one by The Gospel Coalition:

The one-hour evening prayer time will be a live event on Facebook and YouTube at 4:00 pm Pacific this Saturday, April 4.  During this time will be prayers offered for: the sick and suffering, for medical workers, for provision/economy, for local, national and global governments, for church leaders and missionaries, for families, and for the lost.

The idea is to fast and pray during the day, then join with others later in the afternoon, 4 our time.   It really seems like we are in a season of prayer doesn’t it? This crisis has kind of forced our hand! When over 3 billion people are called to seclusion, lives are at stake and the global economy is in the balance… what can we do? Where can we go?   We lift up our eyes to the hills, from whence our help comes: our help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.   I don’t know about you, but prayer doesn’t come naturally for me. I’m inherently lazy. If left on my own, I would not seek God. But when he prompts, it’s good to respond, knowing he’ll give grace to do what he calls us to. I’ve found that planning a specific time to pray, like our church times or Monday evenings from 7-8, or Thursday mornings from 7:30-8:30, is the ticket. Plan a time, then stick to it! I would also ask someone to join you. I find it easier to pray with others: my mind doesn’t wander as much! I usually fight the idea ahead of time, but then am really glad I prayed after the fact. If you would like to be a part of our zoom video prayer sessions, contact Robert Edwards & give him your email address; his is robert@questweaver.net.                                                                                     And check this out: online searches for the term “prayer” have skyrocketed in the past 30 days amid the coronavirus pandemic to record highs going back to 2004 — the earliest year for which Google makes search reports available. Records go back to 2004. People are searching for “prayer” significantly more than ever before — and the prevalence of searches is still trending upward.  What does that tell you? I think it suggests people are hungry to know what to do and Who to ask about this. If it’s prayer, they’re asking God! Pray they find Him! Hey, this Sunday is the first of the month, which means communion. Let’s remember His death together. On Sunday at 10am, let’s gather at our website chattaroycc.com. Have the communion elements ready to go; we’ll partake together at the end of the service. Have a bit of juice or wine in small cups along with bread: unleavened if you prefer (a broken saltine cracker?). Elder Rick Jarmer will lead us.   

See you soon!  

Pastor Rob