Beloved Christ Community Members and Friends,
Grace and Peace.
This Sunday, March 15, we are canceling all gathered worship services.
We will offer Live-Stream worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 AM.
This Sunday, I will be preaching from Romans 8:26-39 and our full liturgy will be available in a downloadable format for your family and small group to use.
* C3 Children’s Ministry Director Becky Clark will also be making a downloadable children’s lesson available.
* C3 Next Gen Pastor Charles Johnson will be in communication with Student Ministries families in the coming week.
Follow the links below to join the service and obtain the materials.
Why Have We Made this Decision?
Infectious disease specialists and other medical personnel we deeply respect have strongly advised our Pastoral team to take this action. We trust and thank God for their wisdom. We believe that we have a responsibility not only to our members but to this entire community, and it is incumbent on us to do nothing that might contribute to the spread of this unpredictable illness to others.
We are especially mindful of our members who are age sixty and above, as well as those with underlying conditions, all of whom are more susceptible to the lethal force of COVID-19. Their fragile condition demands extra care.
We believe that we need one another’s encouragement and strength more than ever. That said, we are called to love each other and our neighbors, putting their interests above our own, and right now that means not gathering in large numbers.
Frankly, I’m writing this with tears in my eyes as the thought of not gathering with you to worship around the Table is difficult for my soul to contemplate. I am also, however, writing this with deep and abiding joy because I know that this unanticipated trial will also present unexpected opportunities to serve one another and our neighbors with the Gospel. We will soon hear of remarkable works of grace God does in and through you.
We will evaluate our schedule each week and we are not going to retreat from ministry; on the contrary, we will move towards one another in practical care and service. Please expect more communication from me and our Session and Diaconate on that topic.
Let Us Pray and Work
There is an old Benedictine expression – Ora et Labora, which means ‘Pray and Work.’ That’s where we are right now: ready to serve and called to pray. We wish to be especially mindful of and prayerful for our Medical Personnel who are about to bear an incredible burden as they seek to bring care to those affected by this pandemic. Let’s discover new ways of helping one another and praying for one another in the coming weeks.
If you need help or prayer, or just someone to talk to, please do not hesitate to contact us, and know that we are moving towards you with the Gospel, without fear and in faith that God’s ever-new mercies will be found by us all.
In these days when all things are being shaken, let us recall that we are part of an unshakable Kingdom, belong to and are beloved of our Sovereign God, and that he will make us more than conquerors in the middle of the sorrows and suffering of these times.
We send our love,
David, Mike, Ken, Charles, and Casey
To Join the Live Stream go to www.christcommunity.org
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