Thanks to those who were able to join us last night for our Church Family Meeting, both in person and online! If you were unable to join us, the recording is available to watch below.
As promised, we shared some updates regarding our ongoing response to COVID-19. Watching the recording will give you the best understanding both of our current thinking about the context we are in as well as our hearts as elders in the midst of these difficult decisions.
Here are a few takeaways from the meeting that you need to know for the coming week:
- Beginning this week, (11/1), we are making the 8 am service a “masks required” service so that those in our body who are at risk or work with at risk populations can attend with a reasonable expectation of limited exposure. The 8 am service will present attendees with the “cleanest” building and the least amount of overlap from other services.
- At the 9:30 & 11 am services, the elders will continue the practice of requesting but not requiring masks. For these services, we will defer to each household to determine what is best for them. In doing so, we believe we are honoring both the authority of the state and the authority of the home.
- We realize that these change have the potential to create an “us and them” dynamic within our body. It would be ignorant to deny that has not already happened to some degree. However, in order to combat that unhealthy and unbiblical division, we would encourage those who would typically attend the later services, to attend the 8 am service in order to be with and worship with our brothers and sisters.
While there are many concerns that we must navigate in this unique season, we must not ignore the importance of the purity of the gospel. We do not want to require more than faith in Jesus to welcome Christians to communion. We do not want to be flippant about the authorities God has placed over us. We must work hard to maintain the real and objective unity that we have in Christ. And in all of this, we must remember and proclaim that Christ is Lord. He is Lord over the state. He is Lord over the governor. He is Lord over the Church. He is Lord over this virus.