The members of various church congregations are divided on whether services should resume after the Bahamas Christian Council announced a proposal they are making to the government for churches to reopen, albeit with strict social distancing policies.
There are those moments when one becomes anxious and overwhelmed by the pressures and realities of life. Unexpected events can disrupt the most promising plans and create havoc in one's life. However, we should remain focused on God and our relationship with Him. If one does not know God, this becomes the time to do so. It is important to cast all of one's anxieties on God because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)
As a result of the current coronavirus outbreak many people are finding themselves affected by the spirit of fear and anxiety as this deadly virus continues to impact nations around the world.
During this quarantine, I (and other like-minded individuals) have found ways to maintain a positive frame of mind.
John 5:2-8 (KJV): “Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”
Each one of us needs to be accountable as an individual and as a member of the wider society. We have a responsibility to look out for our own families and those of others. We are required to balance the important aspects of christian life: worship, private prayer, communal bible study, family, friends, theological and ethical reflection and ministry, including what may be perceived as political action.
As the saying goes, ‘the show must go on’. Andit is one the members of the United Worship Experiences are taking to heart. This week, they hosted a virtual worshipper’s retreat under the theme “Come Alive”.
Many Bahamians experienced their first socially distant church service this past Sunday. And while it may have been strange to worship without the presence of fellow members, the connection to God was still the same.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic an expected level of fear has hit globally. Here in the Bahamas people have been stocking up on medications, especially vitamin C, hand sanitisers and cleaning supplies in order to shield themselves from contracting the virus. While the nation takes the necessary health and hygiene precautions to defend itself from COVID-19, a local Anglican priest urges the nation to be prayerful and to put into practice faith over fear during this time.
FOR the working class, free time is a rarity that does not come often and usually doesn’t last for an extended period of time.
Bishop Laish Boyd urges Anglicans to take precautions in face of COVID-19 outbreak – Churches to follow temporary prevention protocols
As people around the world are watching with concern as the COVID -19, coronavirus story unfolds, the Rev Laish Boyd, Bishop of Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, is urging church members to take precautionary measures to help stop the spread of the viral disease.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV).
My topic today is critical to all that we say and do, and is relevant to everyone, myself included. As always, scripture provides much insight for us and Proverbs 19:21 (KJV) is a good starting point: “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”
“But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” (Psalm 3:3; NIV)
ANGLICAN men will be honoured for their contributions and leadership during the upcoming Feast Day of St Joseph.