The Church is Open! ...but the Building is Temporarily Closed
What a difference a few weeks makes! After Christmas, we began to hear reports about a new corona virus, COVID-19, and we watched as the virus spread across China. And now only a few short months later, the effects of the corona virus are being felt here in Scarborough...almost 12,000 kilometers away! As a Christian fellowship, St. Andrew's has had the unusual experience of having to close our buildings, of suspending our Sunday worship services and postponing most activities in order that we can each do our part to stop the spread of this virus.
This unprecedented pandemic has given us much pause to reflect on the following question...what is the Church? Is it merely a building where people gather once or twice a week? Or is it something else? Why do we say the Church is open, if the building is closed?
So although our Church buildings are temporarily closed, we, as followers of Jesus....are very active in our communities and homes ... sharing love with others and inviting others to consider Jesus and his claims... During times of uncertainty and fear, let's look to God for comfort and reassurance. At this time of the year, we are reminded that the one who left an empty tomb in Jerusalem proclaims that death does not have the final word! For Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life".