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Good Morning MVC · April 16th

by Sarah Goodale on April 16, 2020

Good Morning MVC!

A few announcements this morning: We will be having our Worship and Praise night tonight at 7 pm via live stream, which you can view on Maplevalleychurch.org or on the church’s Facebook page. This Sunday Pastor Pete will return to Revelation and small groups officially kick-off. The study guides for Sunday will be up on the website sometime today.

We have been under the stay at home order now for about four weeks and I know most of us are feeling tired and fatigued at this point. Pastor Pete got asked this question yesterday but it is a question that has been on my mind as well, “How can we be encouraged to continue going during this time?”

For me, the passages that came to mind are inspired by all the Facebook posts, people at the stores, and in my neighborhood who are working on their yards. Everyone is fertilizing, watering, planting, and weeding right now preparing their yards for the fruit or beauty that is to come.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:7-10

Church family I would love for us to see this time during this stay at home order as a time of sowing. That this would be a time that we are not only sowing seeds in our own lives but in the lives of others through encouragement and care. I fully believe on the other side of this there is going to be a tremendous harvest not only of people coming to faith but a harvest of people deepening their faith and people coming back to the faith. We are already seeing this with our online engagement that our community is growing. From the survey we sent out last week, we are seeing that as a community our faith is growing and deepening during this time as well. Please do not grow weary during this time. Look at this as a time of opportunity to sow seeds and just like our yards where you have spent time sowing seed, fertilizing, and weeding all with the hope and anticipation of the harvest and fruit that is to come, there is going to be spiritual fruit and harvest on the other side. I want to leave you with one more verse:

Sow righteousness for yourselves,
    reap the fruit of unfailing love,
and break up your unplowed ground;
    for it is time to seek the Lord,
until he comes
    and showers his righteousness on you.

Hosea 10:12

I love this picture, that there are areas in our lives and in the lives of others where the ground has gotten hard. During this time of quarantine, we can break up that ground through encouragement and seeking after the Lord. That we can be preparing these areas in our lives for the Lord to shower us with his righteousness so that we can have good fruit and an abundant harvest.

My prayer for you, church family, is that we would not grow weary in this season and that as I eagerly anticipate us being back together that we would come back together as a community transformed. I love you church family and hope that you have an amazing week.