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Explore more than 20 relevant online classes offered by Calvin University regarding the Christian response to COVID-19 Topical Study on COVID-19 and Worship As containment of COVID-19/novel coronavirus forces your worshiping community to implement 'shelter in place' worship and practice social isolation, we offer these resources to help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. How the Church Can Respond to the Coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt https://erlc.com/resource-library/articles/how-the-church-can-respond-to-the-coronavirus Practical How-To by Phillip Bethancourt Topics: Church , Prayer Source: The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention How should churches handle COVID-19? This article explains why churches should care about COVID-19 and offers practical guidelines that churches can use to respond to the pandemic. The Closure of Our Churches Devotional by Abbot Tryphon https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2020/04/the-closure-of-our-churches/ Devotional by Abbot Tryphon Topics: Peace Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this reflection from the Orthodox tradition, Abbot Tryphon considers the closure of churches because of COVID-19, saying that "we must receive the closure of our churches with a peaceful heart." After the COVID-19 Quarantine Practical How-To by Scott Sullivan https://gabaptist.org/covid-19-gospel-impact/ Practical How-To by Scott Sullivan Topics: Ministry , Change , Evangelism , Community Source: Georgia Baptist Mission Board Scott Sullivan offers 6 practical steps that churches can take to set themselves up for a big gospel impact in their communities after the COVID-19 pandemic. Building a COVID-19 Prayer Team Practical How-To by Ricky Thrasher https://gabaptist.org/prayer-team-covid-19/ Practical How-To by Ricky Thrasher Topics: Prayer , Ministry , Leadership Source: Georgia Baptist Mission Board In this practical how-to, Ricky Thrasher offers three prayer team ideas for churches and associations trying to establish a prayer network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Is the Hospital Closed? Devotional by Abbot Tryphon https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2020/04/is-the-hospital-closed/ Devotional by Abbot Tryphon Topics: Source: Ancient Faith Blog How do we find healing when we think the hospital of the soul is closed? A reflection from the Orthodox tradition by Abbot Tryphon during the COVID-19 pandemic. 4 Reasons to Wear a Mask, Even if You Hate It Article by Brett McCracken https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/4-reasons-wear-mask/ Article by Brett McCracken Topics: Government , Religious Liberty Source: The Gospel Coalition In this article, Brett McCracken encourages Christians to rise above political partisanship by offering four places in scripture that can help Christians think through whether or not to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Spiritual Benefits of the Pandemic Devotional by Abbot Tryphon https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2020/04/the-spiritual-benefits-of-the-pandemic/ Devotional by Abbot Tryphon Topics: Kingdom of God , Love to God , Love your neighbor Source: Ancient Faith Ministries This article argues that COVID-19 can be the force that transforms the world, the best opportunity most of us will ever have to become true, Christ-centered, individuals, who really care for others, and truly love God. Keeping Time When Socially Isolated Article by Nicole M. Roccas https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/timeeternal/keeping-time-when-socially-isolated/ Article by Nicole M. Roccas Topics: Liturgy , Time Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this article from the Orthodox tradition, Nicole Roccas considers time, social isolation, liturgy, and COVID-19. COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity Element of Worship https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/a-prayer-for-healing-and-hope/#solidarity Element of Worship Topics: Prayer Source: My Catholic Life A Catholic prayer of solidarity amid COVID-19 concerns for those who have contracted the virus, those who are especially vulnerable, those who are affriad, lawmakers, healthcare workers, and more. COVID-19 and Orthodox Liturgical Reform: What’s Possible? Practical How-To by Nicholas Denysenko https://www.praytellblog.com/index.php/2020/05/01/covid-19-and-orthodox-liturgical-reform-whats-possible/ Practical How-To by Nicholas Denysenko Topics: Liturgy Source: Pray Tell Nicholas Denysenko looks at the liturgical reforms made necessary in the Orthodox Church by COVID-19 restrictions, and suggests several alternatives going forward to community-wide liturgy. COVID-19 and Worship: Resources for Churches Adapting to Social Isolation Practical How-To http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/covid-19-and-worship-resources-for-churches-adapting-to-social-isolation Practical How-To Topics: Worship , Worship Planning , Prayer Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship As containment of COVID-19/novel coronavirus forces your worshiping community to implement 'shelter in place' worship and practice social isolation, these resources help you plan and cope in ways that encourage and support your community. Spiritual Benefits of the Pandemic Devotional by Abbot Tryphon https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2020/04/spiritual-benefits-of-the-pandemic/ Devotional by Abbot Tryphon Topics: Spiritual Growth Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this reflection from the Orthodox tradition, Abbot Tryphon calls us to make the COVID-19 pandemic the basis of a renewed foundation in our spiritual life COVID-19: Prayer to St Joseph Element of Worship by Pope Francis https://mycatholic.life/catholic-prayers/a-prayer-for-healing-and-hope/#stjoseph Element of Worship by Pope Francis Topics: Joseph, Saint , Prayer , Pope Source: My Catholic Life The following Prayer was prayed by Pope Francis on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, and is especially applicable amid COVID-19 concerns. COVID-19 Shouldn't Stop Evangelism but May Change It Article by Matt Queen https://factsandtrends.net/2020/05/07/covid-19-shouldnt-stop-evangelism-but-may-change-it/ Article by Matt Queen Topics: Evangelism , Technology Source: LifeWay Because the gospel serves as the door for anyone to enter the family of faith, Matt Queen argues that churches must intentionally practice evangelism inside and outside their buildings--even during COVID-19. Homilies During COVID-19 Sermon (Complete) by Mike Houghton https://www.hprweb.com/2020/04/homilies-for-april-2020/ Sermon (Complete) by Mike Houghton Topics: Palm Sunday , Easter , Maundy Thursday , Mercy Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review A set of Catholic homilies for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and Divine Mercy Sunday during the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19: Virus or Vitamin? Article by Ken Braddy https://kenbraddy.com/2020/05/05/covid-19-virus-or-vitamin/ Article by Ken Braddy Topics: Church , Ministry , Pastoral leadership Source: Ken Braddy "COVID-19 is a vitamin for our church, not a virus." Ken Braddy offers reflections on the ways the coronavirus is a virus and a vitamin for the church. COVID-19 can bring the Next Great Awakening Article by Patti Wright https://gabaptist.org/covid-19-eternal-impact/ Article by Patti Wright Topics: Evangelism Source: Georgia Baptist Mission Board Patti Wright shows how the time we have spent apart due to the COVID-19 quarantine will have an eternal impact on churches as we move forward into the future. Rediscovering the Beauty of Orthodoxy Devotional by Abbot Tryphon https://blogs.ancientfaith.com/morningoffering/2020/04/rediscovering-the-beauty-of-orthodoxy/ Devotional by Abbot Tryphon Topics: Creation , Faith Source: Ancient Faith Blog In this devotional from the Orthodox tradition, Abbot Tryphon sees the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to rediscover the beauty of our faith--that God is the Creator and is present through His creative energies. COVID-19 Is Ravaging the Global Church Article by Matthew Soerens https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/covid19-ravaging-global-church/ Article by Matthew Soerens Topics: Poverty , Medical care, access to Source: The Gospel Coalition In this article, Matthew Soerens reports on why the COVID-19 pandemic will hit already impoverished countries in Africa and South America the hardest and argues that the global church has a responsibility to support them. COVID-19 Has Helped Our Church to Pray More Fervently Article by Matthias Lohmann https://www.9marks.org/article/covid-19-has-helped-our-church-to-pray-more-fervently/ Article by Matthias Lohmann Topics: Prayer Source: 9Marks In this article, Matthias Lohmann shares how the prayer ministry at his church has grown and thrived under COVID-19 restrictions.

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