By Faye Gaston
A Sunday morning church service was held on March 22, 2020 at Dream Field Farms on highway 82W, fourteen miles from Union Springs. About 50 cars and trucks gathered in rows before a truck with a trailer holding a podium and sound equipment. A rustic Cross stood to the side.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic (global outbreak) disease caused by the coronavirus, many churches have suspended Sunday services in church buildings. Services led by worship leaders, with no congregation present, are shown on social media and television.
At 10:00 a.m. March 22, 2020 folks sat in their vehicles at Dream Field Farms. Worship was led through an excellent sound system. (No handshakes and no hugs.)
Andrew Ellis spoke a welcome and announced that Sunday morning worship services would be held here every Sunday in the foreseeable future. Various rotating ministers would preach.
An offering would be collected from the folks in the vehicles with checks made out to the churches of their choosing. Checks would be delivered to the named churches. Checks could also be made out to Dream Field Farms, sponsor of the community event. He said the services could be viewed on the FaceBook page, and prayer requests could be made on the web site.
Before his prayer he said, “Remember how prayer works.”
With recorded music and soloist, he led the crowd in singing two worship songs.
Rev. Patrick McWhorter, pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church, preached on the topic, “Be Not Afraid”. He said he was excited and pleased to be invited to preach here. He said, “The past days have been unbelievable. It was a reminder of the Spanish Flu of 1918.”
As rain began to fall, he held an umbrella and preached. Andrew Ellis and crew covered the sound equipment. At 10:30 a.m. Pastor McWhorter ended his sermon and placed his podium in his truck.
However, his message was carried home on handouts of Scripture from seven books of the New Testament. These emphasized that we live by faith in God, not fear. Jesus left us His peace, saying, Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Paul wrote that God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and self-discipline.
Scripture in Acts says that the early Christians “continued to meet together” and gave to everyone in need. Paul wrote, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. . . glorify your Father in Heaven.”