COVID-19 pandemic can't stop praise and worship

  • Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger holds a drive-in church service in order to come together and worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Churchgoers play on stage during drive-in church on Sunday. Jan Church, left, Pastor Scott Cates, Bill Jackson, drummer, Dennis Fast, bass player, and Brittany Keener, keyboard player.
    Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger holds a drive-in church service in order to come together and worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Churchgoers play on stage during drive-in church on Sunday. Jan Church, left, Pastor Scott Cates, Bill Jackson, drummer, Dennis Fast, bass player, and Brittany Keener, keyboard player.
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TIGER— Having faith during difficult times was the message of Pastor Scott Cates sermon at drive-in church service at Liberty Baptist Church in Tiger on Sunday. 

Cates said that the church began holding a drive-in church service March 22 after Gov. Brian Kemp ordered certain businesses and organizations to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It’s been an amazing time,” Cates said about the unique service. He said that he has witnessed an abundance of community support, love and outreach during these unprecedented times. 

Cates preached on James 1:2 on Sunday and his message was one of having a foundation of faith in Christ to stand on when life events seem to fall apart. 

“There are four basic pillars human beings stand on,” Cates began preaching. 

These are jobs, savings, social life and health.

“As long as you put your faith in these things, they will always crumble. Always,” Cates said. 

He said that these “pillars” are starting to crumble for many people who have lost their jobs or have had their health compromised by the virus. 

“You can’t stand on two pillars at the same time,” Cates said. Because one will always hold more weight than the other, he said. 

Cates said that it is dangerous to put all your faith into these life events and that it’s important instead to “stand on the foundation of Jesus Christ,” now more than ever. 

Cates said that it’s important to find peace, comfort and strength in order to get through this difficult time. 

“Jesus provides that peace, that comfort, that strength because he’s in control,” Cates said. 

Churchgoers met each “amen” with the honks of car horns while Cates preached his sermon. 

Anyone who has a need can text-in prayer requests to 706-212-8608, Cates mentioned. 

He said that it might be Father’s Day before the congregation will be allowed to have services inside the church once again. 

Cates said part of the reason is because the carpet and upholstery in the church would be difficult to clean between each service.

 Churchgoers honked with approval at this plan.