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Church will be held online March 15-22nd at 10am. The teaching will be uploaded to this site and on the church’s YouTube channel: Calvary Catonsville
Please check back for any further updates regarding service location.
A note from our Pastor:
Hello Church Family,
I know we have all been following the news related to the Coronavirus/Covid 19 over the last few weeks. In light of the developments, we will be moving our worship services online for the next two weeks.
Join us at 10 am for our Church service at http://www.calvarycatonsville.com or at the Calvary Catonsville Youtube page. It is a good idea to subscribe to both pages as we will be posting updates and videos there as necessary.
All on-site church functions will be suspended until Monday, March 23, 2020. I will keep you updated as we go along.
This decision was made after much prayer and consultation with medical experts to protect our church as well as the people we love around us. We know for certain that the Lord Jesus is in charge and He will never leave us or forsake us. We also do not want to be unwise in the face of warnings:
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
The government has made prudent recommendations to try to contain this virus. I recommend we all follow them and be wise in the face of danger.
These are uncertain times for our nation and the world. The Coronavirus is causing a lot of fear and anxiety in people. Some of you may be asking: What can I do as a follower of Jesus during this time? Well, here are six things you can do:
1. Rest on the Rock, Jesus. In Psalm 46, the psalmist writes, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” During these uncertain and fearful times, draw near to Jesus. Seek Him like never before. Take refuge in Him. Shelter yourself in Christ. Cast your cares on Him and rest in Him. He knows the plan He has for you. You can trust in His plans with all certainty because Jesus loves you. Nothing will change this eternal truth.
2. Rejoice that we live in a time of unprecedented technology. Calvary Catonsville is not and never has been the building, a podium, or one particular meeting time. The Church is you and I. We can still gather together and worship Jesus – just over the internet. There are also many resources available to study God’s Word, encourage each other and grow in your faith. Our Youtube channel has our sermons going back to the very beginning. The Calvary Catonsville Facebook group is always available. My blog is also online to read. Tom’s blog- http://www.pastorunlikely.com
These are wonderful resources so we can continue to grow, gather, and encourage one another.
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5
3. Pray. Pray for our nation. Pray for wisdom for our Federal and State leaders. Pray for healthcare providers. Pray for healing for those who are sick from this virus. Pray for those directly and indirectly affected by COVID-19. Pray that God will use this to bring spiritual revival to our nation. James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” Jesus tells us to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.
We talked a few weeks ago about the young English girl who was confined to her bedroom from illness. She took this as a sign that she should do what she could for the world – pray. She prayed day and night. She prayed continuously that the American revivalist D.L. Moody would show up at her little English church until God arranged the circumstances to lead him there. A great revival began from that day. It was started from the home of one faithful Christian.
4. Do Not Forsake Fellowship! Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” It may be harder than the regular church meeting time, but be creative on how you can reach out and encourage each other. Reach out to support others in our church family. Call each other, text, Skype. Check in with each other. Stay connected. Be intentional about continuing in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am always available if you need help.
Every one of us needs the encouragement! We are going to need each other more during the upcoming weeks. At this point, we do not know what will happen with the spread of the virus. In the coming weeks we may have to get creative to have fellowship.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
5. Continue to tell people about Jesus. There is going to be a lot of fear in the world. Your neighbors, coworkers, unsaved family, and friends are anxious. You know the Prince of Peace. You know the Word of Life. Tell them about the hope you have in Jesus Christ. Tell them about your Good Shepherd who gives you rest for your soul. We have seen throughout the Gospel of Matthew how the need for Jesus becomes so much clearer as the circumstances around people get more challenging. The power and might of Jesus are so much more obvious when the wind and waves are raging.
6. Do not lose Hope. Our hope is in Jesus alone. He has secured eternity for us and is constantly at work bring many more sons and daughters to Glory. We often don’t see the fullness of His wonderful plan as it is going on. Jesus is our blessed hope. He never fails. He won’t fail us now.
Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.
See you online Sunday at 10:00AM!
Jesus loves you!
Daylight Savings: When the daylight savings time change occurs on the chosen Saturday at 2 am. in the spring/fall, the church worship service will adjust with the change and remain at the usual time of 10 am on Sunday morning.