March 20, 2020
In submission to our governing authorities and following the stipulations of the Center for Disease Control and advice from medical professionals to make concerted efforts at social distancing in order to flatten the curve of this pandemic, Redeemer Church will not be gathering for public worship or small groups until at least April 12, 2020. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that you can still worship with us and watch Pastor Brian’s messages by tuning into our Facebook page Sunday mornings at 10:30am and Wednesday evenings at 6pm.
Faith, lope, and love during this pandemic
A pastor we know recently exhorted his church to exercise faith, hope, and love during the present coronavirus crisis. These are, of course, the traditional “Christian virtues” which Paul references in almost all of his letters.
We exercise faith by trusting in the Sovereign Lord of heaven and earth, who reigns in goodness and grace for the good of his people and the glory of his name. Nothing is outside the scope of his care and control. Keep your eyes on Christ, dear friends!
We exercise hope by keeping our minds and expectations fixed on eternal things. As the old spiritual says, “This world is not my home, we’re just a-passing through.” Uncertain times have a way of awakening us to certain realities. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:16-18).
We exercise love by caring for our friends and neighbors. It is becoming increasingly clear that social distancing is a crucial way to exercise neighbor-love during this pandemic. But we also exercise love by praying for one another, checking on one another, extending grace to one another, and so on. There is still a lot of “one-another” ministry you can do during these days! Let’s not lose sight of the many opportunities we have for loving others.