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  June 2020 Pastor's Page

 

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another...Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you."                                                                                 - Colossians 3:12-16

 

My heart is full of thanks to God for His guidance and provision as we continue to prayerfully discern together how to move forward as a church family in these unprecedented days. These last couple of months have reminded all of us about the preciousness of life and yet how fragile our lives are and how quickly our daily and weekly routines can dramatically change. We continue to deepen our understanding of how dependent we are on God for health and abundant living.

 

 I have been impressed by the quality of your love for one another as we serve Christ together. You have     demonstrated honor and respect for each other, as the Lord continues to lead each one of us along various paths of    ministry.  The   Session met on May 19 and unanimously approved reopening our doors for public worship with nineteen health protocols in place. These are based on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s guidelines for Phase One  reopening of places of worship.  (See pages 2 & 3)

 

So Sunday, May 24, marked a milestone of sorts as we reopened our doors for public worship for the first time since March 8.  The Service went well and smoothly but it obviously did not feel “normal”, which is a moving target these days. We had thirty-nine folks in attendance. I was struck by the spirit of our meeting which I attribute to the Holy Spirit’s presence and guidance. Everyone was friendly and respectful of one another. They wore masks and kept their distance but didn’t seem to let that dampen the genuine gladness of being together again. Many thanks to everyone who helped do all the preparations that made it possible. And there was also a sensitivity and gracious understanding toward

 

those of you who prefer to continue to worship with us online for all sorts of good reasons and as you feel led by the Lord. The livestream on Facebook had almost two-hundred views which is significantly higher than for most of the    services which we’ve posted over the past couple of months. It feels like we are witnessing a new era in the history of the Church, as all churches seek to expand their witness both locally and beyond by a more intentional and significant online presence and witness.

 

In the coming weeks we will plan to proceed with the same protocols in place for Sunday Worship. But if anyone has any feedback about their experience of the service either in person or online, I would be glad to hear your thoughts or suggestions for improving it. Again the Session wants to make it clear that no one should feel any pressure whatsoever from any of us to attend before they feel comfortable.  Our main leading from the Lord was to enable and entrust each member of our church family to have the ability to make a personal, prayerful and Christ-led decision as to the timing of their return to in-person worship. So our intent is not to bias your choice of what to do but to simply give you the opportunity to make that choice for yourself and your family as you feel led by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

 

As we navigate these uncharted waters, I pray with Paul that we would “put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”  May you continue to sense God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s guidance as we “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.”

 

In Him,

 

Alan

 

 

 

 

 

August 07, 2020

Wednesday Prayer & Worship Meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m.

 

Worship on Sundays beginning at 11 a.m. (Livestreamed on Facebook)

 

Sunday Worship also recorded and uploaded onto YouTube.

 

Stay-cation Bible School

June 22 - 26

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