UPDATED DECEMBER 16, 2020
Here are a few things you can expect if you will be worshipping with us in a Small Gathering:
- In order to comply with the Governor's order, Small Gatherings will be limited to the recommended number of people as it applies to churches.
- In order to comply with the Governor's recent decision, we are asking everyone to wear masks if they are able. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you do not need to wear one. If you are not wearing a mask, we will assume this is the case and will not question anyone. The First Impressions Team has masks available if needed.
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that's why the gospel is such good news! God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let's spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. So just as we should in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that is the only option.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
Thank you, Church, for your flexibility and understanding. I am praying with and for you all, that we will shine brightly and be beacons of love and grace and strength in our community during this time, using every opportunity to bring glory to our great God, who is always in control!
We would like to thank McLean Bible Church for providing a template to help us formulate this communication.