Insert photos are from Emmanuel Lutheran, Covenant and First United Methodist churches.
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Wayne Howard Staff Writer
The services varied. From cathedrals to country churches, area churches joined those across the nation in celebrating their beliefs in a time of great trouble. Many of the messages that were shared touched on the topic of the worldwide epidemic.
Some used their church's web page; others relied on YouTube; and many put their Sunday worship services on their Facebook page. As difficult as the current situation may be--having to stay home most of the time and avoid gatherings including congregational events, it is important to know that had the same thing happened half a century ago, there would have been no way for churches to do what they did these last two Sundays. Many others have already announced similar plans for next weekend.
Some of the sermons were presented in a more traditional manner; others were more like casual conversations. One pastor noted that members of the early church had to fear for their lives from the Roman army. "Now we live in fear of what this virus may do, but we still hold to our faith that God will see us through."
At Covenant Church, Mike Devine said he's convinced that the church will emerge from this epidemic stronger than ever.
At Dallas Baptist Church, Scott Hinson spoke on Lazarus and Jesus raising him from the dead. "It was a glimpse at the future--of the resurrection that was to come," he said.
These are indeed difficult times. The Hebrew phrase at the bottom left of the photos with this article is "Gam zeh ya'avor," meaning "This too shall pass." This saying is NOT in the Bible. It comes from the Jewish Midrash, a collection of teachings on Scripture. It is said that King Solomon was humbled by these words.
The Lincoln Herald will add church announcements (postponements, cancellations, etc.) to our article about schedule changes later in the week.
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