Novel Corona Virus Leads Sunday Services Online
A congregation at church. photo: FBC, Manassas, VA Photography.
The ongoing pandemic has driven rapid change to sectors of agriculture, economy and business among others. Our social lives are equally being affected by the corona virus and all sorts of changes are spinning as a result.
On Sunday March 15, the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, issued mandatory directives to the citizens. These directives included restrictions on physical contacts and all social gatherings including church services which leaves Ghanaians with the only option of migrating Christian-related activities online. Preaching, praises and worship, offertory and tithe giving, healing sessions, women fellowship and so on, would now be done over the internet. Of course, the plan is to protect everyone via social-distancing and reduce their chances of contracting the virus.
This new alternative which we would all have to resort to this coming Sunday and subsequently, is quite easy and convenient to follow. The internet has lived long enough with us to be familiar with. Just as we are able to download movies, music and whatnot, we could do same by downloading podcasts from our preachers and more.
Live sessions may also be in place for churches that have online platforms on social media. But then again, what happens to those who don’t have access to the Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and even Facebook? And what of those who don’t have sophisticated phones to log on to these platforms?
To butter the excuses, ignorance may be bliss to some pastors who would still invite their members to church and hold their services as usual. Regardless, it will be at your own peril to risk your health for the sake of congregating to worship God. Keep in mind that God is omnipresent (everywhere) and therefore, he can be worshipped or prayed to anywhere at any time.
Here’s what you can do keep to your Sunday worshipping routine if you don’t have access to a virtual community:
- Stick to the habit of praying every morning or having a morning devotion with your family.
- Sing along to some gospel songs on your radio or phones or TV.
- Extend your quiet time.
- Read your bible.
- Don’t worry about sharing the word of God with your friend or neighbor if you can’t. just remember them in your prayers.