This week (May 24 through May 30, 2020) we will continue with ONLINE ONLY services and connection throughout the week as planned. Rhapsody’s Shepherd Team will meet during this time to discuss how to proceed in light of President Trump’s “house of worship” reclassification and our value of safety.
SAFETY AND CONTEXT:
We seek solidarity with our community. The latest updates from Clark County can be found here. We all doing our best to practice recommended social distancing. The goal here is to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19. We want to join Clark County in this endeavor.
We pursue the safety of our most vulnerable. Many within our church community work with, live with, or are in the 60+ age bracket or are people with serious chronic medical conditions, who are the most vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19. We want to protect and support these people.
We are an effective community. Remember, church is not a place you go on Sunday mornings, it is an identity you live 24/7. We truly believe that God can use this time to “chase us out” of the four walls and into innovative and creative ways of reaching our community. From Facebook Live, to smaller in-home meetings, to interactive online experiences, we are poised to offer light and hope like never before.
We are actively pursuing ways that we can walk with and serve our community. We will keep you updated as opportunities arise. This is our time, as the Body of Christ, to rise up and be light and hope in a time of fear and panic. When faced with adversity, humankind has the chance to tap into their God-given imagination and create innovative cures, ways of caring for people, ways of doing things and ultimately rising above their circumstances. And for those of us with faith and hope through Jesus, we can walk people through this time of uncertainty and be Jesus’ hands and feet.
We get to choose courage. This is our chance to live what we say often at Rhapsody: Church is not a place we go on Sunday mornings; it is an identity we live in 24/7. Let’s be the church.
Here are some ways we can be the church in a time like this:
Invite people to watch our online options.
Be a listening ear and voice of hope to your friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Offer help to those in need around you.
Choose to live with courageous faith.
Finally, here are a few verses of scripture that may help courage rise up in you:
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Jeremiah 29:7 “But seek the welfare of the city… and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”