Dear CoC Rewa family
I greet you all in the Name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
How quickly have the circumstances of our lives changed in response to the COVID-19 precautions in place for our nation! In less than a week we have experienced the necessary tightening of our freedom to go about wherever we wish and visit whoever we want.
We all shared the sorrows of being separated from one another for Sunday worship as I missed seeing many of your smiling faces. But as we move now into where we cannot fellowship at all in church or together, we are reminded of the words of the apostle Paul “sorrowful yet always rejoicing!” We can rejoice as we continue to put our trust in Jesus. Although we now move to isolation we are never alone for the promise of Christ to us is “Lo I am with you always!”
Church be encouraged we will get through this! I am seeing what I can do to be able to share God’s WORD with you in online worship and will let you know in the next couple of days how this can work. Ann and I are continuing to remember you all in our prayers and we will be ringing, texting, and connecting all the time through our church website www.ccnz.org.nz to ensure we all are “ever looking to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith!”
I want again to encourage you, to wherever you can, be a lighthouse for Jesus in this very difficult time. Your unsaved family and friends and neighbours everywhere are discouraged depressed and fearful and we can tell them how God loves and cares for them and they will find Hope and Peace in Him. And encourage each other “building yourselves up on your most holy faith!”..I will be at my home sharing in self isolation with you so if any of you need anything just call or text me.
“And now brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” May His keeping power sustain you! Our love in Christ to you all!
Pastor & Ann 🙏