After much consideration, and daily movement in our willingness to consider very difficult decisions, we have decided to take courageous, proactive, and aggressive steps to play our part in helping our community/region slow the continuing spread of COVID-19. As a result, we will not gather in-person for worship or meetings until further notice. We believe that as a gathering of a large group of people from many different communities (and school districts), we have a moral obligation to do what we can to limit such gatherings. The example of Christ, who set aside divine prerogative, who laid down His life willingly, gives us courage to take such a bold step. Although we do not trust in human wisdom over God’s wisdom, we do trust that God grants common grace to us through research and medicine, providing guidance as we seek to limit the extent of this pandemic. Please read through the changes we’ve implemented, below.
DON’T NEGLECT WORSHIP! Set aside the time at 11:10 am to check-in to the livestream and participate in worship, just as you would in the sanctuary. Pray out loud with those of us who will continue to lead from the stage. Sing with gusto. Bow in prayer as one of us leads. Open your Bible when the preacher points us to God’s Word. Christ and His Spirit are present wherever His people gather!
STAY CONNECTED. Please make every effort to stay in touch with each other, caring for, and praying for one another. Use social media, texting, and phone calls to stay connected and to support one another through prayer and encouragement, and in order to maintain a sense of community. Pay special attention to singles, to those who you know are sick, and to the elderly.
PLEASE REMAIN FAITHFUL IN YOUR GIVING. Remember that giving is first and foremost an act of worship, responding to God who has given us all things in Christ! Even as we endure the uncertainty of this virus outbreak, our ministry expenses will remain the same, especially as our fiscal year end approaches on April 30th. You can always give online>>.
We’ll continue to monitor the local efforts to contain the virus, and will provide you with at least a weekly update of GRC’s response. If you haven’t been getting our email announcements, please be sure to subscribe.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Although this outbreak brings us cause for concern, we do not fear. Our God remains the Sovereign King to whom we should always flee for security, significance, and deliverance through any trial (Psalm 18:2). His promises still will not fail us, especially the promise of resurrection through faith in Jesus Christ. Trust in Him, bringing your cares to Him. Look for opportunities to love your neighbors, especially the most vulnerable, at a time when everyone is tempted to only look out for themselves. Seek chances to share the eternal hope that we have in Christ. PRAY for one another and for this time to be a kairos – an opportune moment that God can use to spread the fame of the name of Jesus!
Draw near to the Lord in your frustration, fear, anxiety, pain, mental and emotional anguish. He is faithful!
Trusting the Lord with you,
Pastor Peter and the Elders of Grace Redeemer Church