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Virtual Connections, Episode 1

It’s Monday. The first Monday after only live-streaming our church services. I thought I’d share a few reflections with the congregation.

The following verse has come to mind regularly over these past few days:

“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:25

Friends, as King Road Church, we met together yesterday! Yes, we met online, whether we watch by ourselves, in small groups with family and friends, or connected via phone calls and texts. We may not have been in our church building together, but we worshiped together. And God is with us!

I want to say thanks for the many texts, emails, pictures and videos many of you shared with me, showing how you were worshiping yesterday morning. I am encouraged. Let’s all do our part to connect with each other and encourage each other. This is a scriptural command. (And, in case you’re wondering about my observation on yesterday’s stream that Denis would yell “good morning” at the screen, he sent me an immediate text. He simply wrote: “GOOD MORNING!!!!!!”)

Here is a note I received from Vanessa. She states it so well:

“I can imagine it feeling strange preaching to an empty church. I just wanted to say that you were not alone. We were with you. Thank you so much for still going through with church even when we are confined to our homes. Many congregations watching their services from home makes me realize how we are part of a much bigger church than just King Road.”

These are but two of the notes I received. You see one picture at the top of this news update. There is another one below, reminding us that we have church members in different parts of the world for whom watching online is more common. Thanks, Anicka, for staying connected all the way from Lithuania.

Friends, we have HOPE. God is for us, not against us. We will continue to worship together, to support each other, to stay connected. Let’s all do our part. And one last thing:

“Could you also pass on BIG thanks to everyone who makes live streaming possible? We really appreciate the work you all do! I bet it is a lot more work than I realize. THANK-YOU!”

I too add my THANKS to those who came to serve us all yesterday. Our tech teams and worship teams are amazing! Thanks for serving with your gifts.

Pastor Leonard


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