Community Evangelical Free Church Harrisburg Lead Pastor Writes About COVID-19 and His Congregation at The Gospel Coalition

EFCA Pastor Benjamin Vrbicek from Community Evangelical Free Church Harrisburg in Pennsylvania composes a reflective post at The Gospel Coalition. Benjamin writes about the past year of COVID-19 on his congregation and laments the effects of the pandemic on his church. In the process re considers Job and how God is his abundance and how God is in the ashes.

“Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.

Susan Taylor

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV

Benjamin Vrbicek

Recently Benjamin Vrbicek who shepherds Community Evangelical Free Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania published a post at The Gospel Coalition reflecting on the past year of COVID-19. The EFCA pastor laments the difficulty and the loss that has taken place and offers guidance.  This is how he starts his post.

The very weekend before our church shut down last year, we hired a new associate pastor. Spirits were high among our members, and momentum—not sorrows—like sea billows rolled.

A year later, we have more church services, so our vibrant, bustling congregation is more dispersed. I coated half our pews with blue painter’s tape to block entrance to the rows. Our pastors, staff, and volunteers work harder but seem to accomplish less. Your pastors probably do too.

As we approach the anniversary of a full year under the various iterations of COVID-church, I lament the many losses of connection and normalcy, along with missing sheep, masked services, video preaching, and Zoom Sunday school. I understand it all, but I lament it—as we should.

To read the rest of the article go to, “When My Church Was Washed with Butter.”

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