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Bummer Summer?

Philip Stephens

Thus far in this season of South Tulsa Music Ministry, we have missed the Adult Choir/Orchestra Easter presentation, the Children’s Choir spring musical, the Preschool Choirs spring program, the Student Choir Tour and home concert, and Summer Music Activity for Kids. Presently we are having worship services with no choirs and limited singing. We are making plans for fall and yes, Christmas, but will those planned events actually take place?

The Music Ministry is just a part of the church’s ministries being affected by our present situation. Indeed, the ministries of the church are just one facet of how our entire lives are being impacted. Work schedules, school schedules, and social gatherings are examples of the present disruption in our lives. In addition to just disruptions, many are dealing with great loss.

If we focus solely on those first paragraphs, we could be quite depressed. It is easy for our circumstances to determine our joy. Let’s face it, these times are no fun!

As American Christians, we are used to all the amenities and trappings that we think are necessary for our faith. However, as Christ followers, our circumstances should not determine our joy. Most believers in the world know little or nothing of the “church” things we deem so important. For our predecessors in the faith, simply gathering for corporate worship was often difficult and regarded as a wonderful privilege.

Take a moment to read the apostle Paul’s litany of trials in 2 Corinthians 11:23-27. Some of his experiences included imprisonment, beatings, shipwreck, hunger, cold, and being left for dead. In Philippians 4:11, he says “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” As Paul did, we need to rise above our situation and still find ways to serve the Lord.

We pray that we can soon return to complete ministry opportunities. However, in the meantime, our circumstances may have changed, but the gospel has not. We are still called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and to live as representatives for Him.


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