- WORSHIP GATHERINGS AT BOTH CAMPUSES
- FELLOWSHIP AND PRAYER MEETING (ONLINE)
- A FINAL WORD
- Please always check our website!
- GIVING/OFFERING INFORMATION
- LINE Groups
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid .(John 14:27)
Brothers and Sisters at ANF: You are loved by God! He is with you today!
We recognize that right now is a confusing and scary time. If our God was not in charge of this world, we would have every reason to be afraid. But we Christians can rest secure in the fact that the Father has adopted us, the Son has redeemed us, and the Spirit now indwells us (Ephesians 1:1-14). The God who controls all things loves us and will never leave us (Deuteronomny 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:20). Our loving God allows only what is ultimately for our good (Romans 8:28, Genesis 50:20). He even invites us to bring our worries and our fears to him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). He tells us to ask for whatever we want and it will be done for us if it’s good for us (John 15:16, 16:23). We are also called to pray for those that do not yet know God so that he might have mercy and rescue them (1 Timothy 2:1-6). Our greatest enemy is death, and even that has no final power over those who are part of God’s family (1 Corinthians 15:55-57, Philippians 1:20-26). So, let’s trust him. Let’s ask him for what we need. Let’s intercede for others. Let’s be the Church (Philippians 4:6-7)!
As Christians living during this time, we have two strong, competing desires. First of all, we long to meet together for worship, ministry and fellowship. Meeting together for these purposes is good and even something that God commands under normal circumstances (Hebrews 10:24-25). At the same time, we also long to love and protect our neighbors by not passing on the virus to others if possible (Mark 12:28-31, Mark 2:27).
These competing desires are complicated by the fact that the situation in Japan remains unclear. Most of the current news about COVID-19 in Japan seems to be encouraging when compared to the rest of the world. At the same time, many people feel that the virus has not reached its peak here. Recently, the government of Aichi Prefecture declared a state of emergency and have now recommended that citizens to stay in their homes as much as possible. They have also recommended that groups refrain from meeting together in order to contain the spread of the virus.
It is important to realize that there are people within ANF who are approaching all of this in different ways. One person emphasizes our ultimate safety in Christ and feels the freedom to attend gatherings while another emphasizes our need to love our neighbors and abstains. Both want to honor God and love their neighbor, but they feel compelled to do so in different ways. This is not unlike what Paul faced in Rome (Romans 14).
So, what are we to do? As we pray and seek God’s mercy on our world, we also want to pray for love toward one another (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). We want to move forward as one body, with one mission: to bring glory to God by putting our trust in him and loving our neighbor. Below is our best attempt to do that do that in the coming weeks. We will keep this plan in place until we have more clarity and the spread of the virus is decreasing. Let’s pray together this will happen soon!
FELLOWSHIP AND PRAYER MEETING (ONLINE)
Both campuses now have opportunities for weekly fellowship and prayer time each Sunday. Normally, the Nagakute campus meets on Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm and the Downtown campus meets from 4pm on Sundays. There are other meetings all during the week. For more information about our weekly meetings, please use the contact page on this web site!
A FINAL WORD
This is a difficult and frightening time in our city and world, but Christ is on his throne. He is seated at the right hand of the Father, and we are his people. Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. If you need prayer or want to talk with a church leader, you can use the contact link on this web site. You can also contact use using LINE, Facebook, or by sending an email directly to any pastor or church leader.
May God’s peace and presence rest on you this week…
Brooks, Paul, and Jeremy
PLEASE CHECK THIS WEB SITE REGULARLY!
Our church web site is the main place where we are posting information about our schedule each week along with important announcements. Please do not rely on LINE and Facebook but check the website each week if possible.
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