Concerning the Coronavirus (continued)
This may seem to be an extreme measure to some of you. I can only promise you that this decision has not been made lightly. Our archbishop Foley Beach, and bishop Neil Lebhar are encouraging older congregant over the age of 60 to stay home. As you are aware, the majority of our congregation fits this demographic. In making this decision I found this article to be the most convincing. By limiting our social interaction for a period of time, we are doing a tremendous good in this world and especially in our community.
Jesus said that we are above all to love the Lord and to love our neighbor. We can love the Lord in this by trusting Him fully with our lives and we can love our neighbors by doing our best not to add to its spreading. One of my pastor buddies sent me this quote from the writer Matt Pearce that I found convicting, “I imagine all the closures and cancellations give people a sense of ominousness. But it’s really an amazing act of social solidarity: We’re sacrificing so we can give nurses, doctors and hospitals a fighting chance. Start from there and hopefully we can figure out the rest.” It is my conviction that we are sacrificing a couple of Sundays together out of love for others and I know that is pleasing to the Lord.
I encourage you to worship at home, making every attempt to limit social interactions as a way of loving one another. I will be sending out daily devotionals beginning this Sunday. The church office will be open and we will still be caring for the congregation. Please call or email to let us know of any needs you may have. I will miss seeing you all on Sundays and during the week for the next two weeks, but know that I am praying for you and would love to hear from you.
Faithfully yours in Christ,