Preaching to an Empty Building

The word of the Lord that came to me, from the prophet Micah in the days of Trump, 2020 A.D.. It was a time of uncertainty.  There was a global pandemic of a Coronavirus.  People were dying.  People were getting sick.  People lost their jobs. Some showed their faith through their actions.  The “ISMs” that separate people returned (racism, cronyism, nepotism, nationalism, separatism, paganism) The way of life for many had changed.  The nation was divided.  Foreign powers had succeeded in fueling mistrust and anarchy through the use of arrogance, ignorance and social engineering.

During this time, I got the opportunity to be the worship leader and preacher of the Gospel at St. Matthews Baptist Church, in District Heights, Maryland.  The new church was empty. Except for security, the trustees, the audio-visual engineer and those that rendered the music.  The choir and the musicians struggled to deliver what sounded beautiful in the sanctuary to the limitations of the internet.  Technical problems abounded.

 

The Pastor, a brilliant and humble servant of God, was invited to share at a neighboring church which gave me my first chance to stand in.  Since his installation, he has worked tirelessly to grow and prepare the church for the way things are becoming.  It has not gone without challenge.

 

The threat of COVID -19 shut down traditional church services, celebrations, annual events and things people took for granted in the old Baptist church traditions.  In an instant, leaders had to become televangelist, using the internet instead of the TV.  The need for tech, monitors, WIFI and new procedures had to come fast.  Social distancing, and medical precautious had to be combined to limit exposures and sickness.  Not everyone is onboard.

 

So this pastor of an internet based churched called Speak Life Church, Incorporated that has been prepared for this online situation since 2007, got the opportunity to preach in an empty building, with an outstanding choir, expert musicians that didn’t sound as heavenly as it did it person online.

 

To God be the Glory…

 

You can watch the YouTube video below.

“What Does God Want From Me.”

 

 

God bless you.

 

Rev. Kenn Blanchard

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