Hi Calvary Family!

We have all been praying for the physical health of our families, our church family, our neighbors, co-workers and even the whole world. But let’s remember that this current pandemic that we are experiencing should alert us to pay just as careful attention to our spiritual and emotional health. When things get shaken up, you can be pretty sure that God is trying to waken us up.

Is this pandemic a sign that Jesus is about to return? Whenever there is some kind of extreme natural disaster, pandemic, or threat of war, we hear many people speculate that it is a sign of the Lord’s return.

The flu pandemic of 1918 infected about one-third of the world’s population and took the lives of at least 50 million worldwide and 675,000 in the United States.

That was 100 years ago. That is not to say that Jesus is not about to come for his church. The message of the New Testament is very clear in its communication that we should live with the expectation that Jesus could come at any moment. It is also clear that we should avoid making predictions.

I will answer that by quoting Jesus who is a pretty good authority on this matter. When he taught about his future return he said:

“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.”

Matthew 24:36

And then later after his resurrection he said to the disciples about the time he would establish his kingdom on earth,

“The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know.”

Acts 1:7

If only the Father knows then that means you and I don’t know. If the Father alone has the authority to set those times than its not our place to try and set those times.  If Jesus says I don’t need to know, I don’t need to know. I do know that when Jesus comes to take his church it will be at the right time because the Father’s timing is always perfect timing.

I would add though, that if this situation provokes people to think about the fact that Jesus could come at any moment is beneficial. John write that those who have an eager expectation of Jesus return will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.

James reminds us that the coming of the Lord is near in order to help us have courage and persevere through trials.  Our departure to be with Jesus, whether that be through the rapture or death is soon so let’s pursue our mission with perseverance and pursuing purity in our hearts and with our hands. -Pastor Randy

Now a couple of important notifications.

1. At 10am on Sunday, March 22nd, a recorded service will be posted to our Calvary app, our website, and the Calvary Wyncote Facebook page. We will be creating a Facebook Watch Party so that you can type in your prayer requests as well as prayers for others to see. It might not be the same as being together in person, but it is still a great way to engage with and encourage each other. Don’t forget that if you don’t choose to give offerings online the office is open during normal business hours and you can drop it by, or of course you can mail it in to the office.

2. Sunday night (March 22nd) at 6pm and Wednesday night (March 25th) at 7pm we will hold Facebook Live prayer meetings. Many of you joined us this past Wednesday for our first one and I hope to see the number participating double this Sunday.

3. Keep reaching out to one another and praying for one another. This is a critical time to follow the instructions from Hebrews chapters 3 and 10 to encourage one another day after day while we have TODAY, and especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.