Sunday March 15 Service Online--Public Service Cancelled
I'm sure that for many of us, it's felt like being in the middle of a whirlwind. From the empty shelves of the local Walmart to the talking heads on CNN, the coronavirus pandemic is on everyone's mind. And as things continue to develop, it's not merely health concerns that have people worried. As border closures and travel disruptions snarl supply chains and disrupt workplaces and as markets grapple with uncertainty, people's jobs are being affected.
In times such as these, Christians are summoned to face the same earthly physical and economic challenges as our unbelieving friends and neighbors--but to face them with a much different, un-earthly hope and confidence. Our posture in the face of danger is exemplified by the Psalmist, who cried out to God, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!" (Ps. 27:1, 13-14)
After all, none of this is a surprise to our Lord, even if it is to us. These trials were planned for us. As David marveled elsewhere, "in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them" (Ps. 139). And because of this settled reality, because of the fact that Yahweh is the God of all of our days, our Lord therefore chides us all in our anxiety: "which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?" (Matt. 6:27).
So, brothers and sisters, let's all look to Christ anew for comfort and hope, and for wisdom as we navigate the suddenly choppier waters of our fallen world.
As the risk of transmitting COVID-19 increases, we've made the decision to cancel this Sunday's public worship service at Frank Wills Hall. Instead, our plan is to take advantage of our smaller numbers and have an online service via the Google Hangout/Meet platform at 10:00 AM. If everything works, this will not only permit us to hear the Word, but also to sing alongside one another and to have a time of prayer together. Please contact us for more information about this online meeting.
God willing, we will see many of you (virtually) Sunday morning! May God grant us peace and strength as we look to him,
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