The Journey News
March 20, 2020
Hello Journey Family,
These are strange and unprecedented times. They call for wise measures. As the COVID-19 outbreak has become pandemic we’d like to share a few things with you.
This week, Prime Minister Trudeau recommended people “stay home” and “not visit their neighbours if they don’t absolutely have to.”
At The Journey, all in-person events, including our Sunday Services and discipleship groups, are cancelled through April 5th. Where possible, we encourage people to meet online. (See below for an invitation to our online God Stories, this Sunday.)
Rather than the Community Connect Sunday we had planned for March 29th, we hope to meet as a community online.
Gathering as a people of faith is important, but God also summons us to seek the welfare of the cities in which we live and move and have our being. When we stop meeting together, our decision is consistent with the directives of our government leaders in an effort to impede the transmission of COVID-19 from person to person. While it comes at a cost, this sacrifice is offered, not out of fear but rather out of a deep and abiding love for our neighbours, particularly those who are most vulnerable to severe repercussions from a COVID-19 infection.
During these extraordinary times, Pastor Toyosi and Emily will be available to connect and will be working to coordinate care. Should anyone have any prayer requests or need any support, they are most welcome to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com You may also contact anyone on The Journey Leadership team.
We encourage you to stay as connected as possible. We have a private Journey Facebook page that can be reached using this link https://www.facebook.com/groups/2232941351/ Feel free to post prayer requests and/or post scripture(s) that are encouraging you during this time.
This Sunday is a God Stories Sunday
Now is the perfect time for us to come together as God's people to share where we've seen him moving and where we need him. We'll meet online using a video app called Zoom. Give yourself some time to set it up or try in advance. It will work best from a computer with a webcam or a phone/tablet with a front-facing camera. You can also join with just voice using the number below.
This will likely be even more informal than usual, but no less a place for God's presence. We can join each other in worship, prayer, sharing and even communion! Please have communion elements; bread/crackers and juice/wine ready for each member of your family.
It will be great to see all of you soon!
Join us at 10:30 this Sunday morning with video using your phone or computer:
Or call with a phone:
+1 647 374 4685 with Meeting ID 818 331 5353
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,8183315353#
Here are the worship songs we hope to sing. Please have the lyrics ready on another device or print them out beforehand.
I Lift My Eyes Up
Raise a Hallelujah
Donating to The Journey
Please consider giving to The Journey during this difficult season.
The other way is to go through our website: https://www.myjourney.ca/ Click on “More”, then click on ”Contact” and page down until you see the “Donate” tab. That will take you to the PayPal page. Enter firstname.lastname@example.org and the amount of your donation. Then “Send Money Now”
Calling Team Update
We have identified five candidates as a potential good fit for The Journey. We have deferred the interviews to a later date. Please keep the Calling Team in your prayers as they review the candidate's information, listen to the candidate's sermons and attempt to discern God’s best candidate for us.
New Space Needed for The Journey Office
We will have been given an extension to stay until April 30, 2020. The landlord has informed us that a potential buyer is interested in us remaining as tenants. Please pray that the new owner might take us on as a tenant or that God will lead us to the space He has for us.
Navigating with faith through COVID-19
Here are three lessons that can give hope amid this difficult time – that we pray may help you also spiritually brace for the psychological torment this invisible enemy is igniting throughout our world:
Mind our words: The words we speak can do as much, if not more harm than any virus can, resist the temptation to spread words of death. Proverbs 15:4 tells us that “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Words have power. Use them to heal. Use them to give hope. Use them to encourage others.
Limit screen time: Turning on the television, and scrolling our social media feeds has become a psychologically risky pursuit these days. We can all stand to benefit from self-imposing screen time limitations – Consider limiting our exposure to fear-based media. Set a time once or twice a day to check-in, and then take time to live in hope and pray.
Be not afraid: Although we all feel frightened to some degree, what we know for sure, God reminds us not to be afraid. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged; for the Lord, your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
As we continue to ride out this COVID-19 wave, let us remember, and pray for those infected, the doctors and nurses who are working around the clock, pregnant women who are fearful about hospital births, our elderly who feel that the end of their world has arrived, and for government leaders who are tasked with making unprecedented decisions at this critical time.