Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Regarding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the elders of Grace Redeemer Church have been in conversation but at this point have not decided to cancel or adjust any of the church family events or gatherings. We will continue to seek God’s provision of wisdom in response to this spreading illness. And, we welcome your direct questions and concerns anytime.
We have learned in Romans two related trustworthy truths. First, “…we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). And second, “[we] consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).
Because of these truths and our hope in Christ Jesus, we cannot live in fear of suffering and death. Knowing God’s love for us enables us to face suffering and death without fear.
Notwithstanding, we cannot say that we love God if we do not love our neighbor. As we’ve learned from Romans 13:8 & 10, “Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law…Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
As medical professionals remind us, we are in the very, very early stages of data collection and understanding of the full picture of this coronavirus and its effects. It seems that often for younger people without other illnesses or underlying issues, COVID-19 is experienced as a mild flu. But similar to other flu strands, those who are older and those with other health issues can require hospital care to survive this coronavirus.
If you are concerned for your health, please do not feel pressured into attending a church family gathering. Please let the elders know of your concerns.
If you are sick, please consider the health of your brothers and sisters and keep an appropriate distance, even refraining from childcare or gathering altogether until you or your children are well and not contagious.
We should all be thankful and respectful towards those authorities over us as they exercise their responsibility for the care of our communities. Again, as we’ve learned in Romans 13, God has designed government for our good and blessing. Let us not lack in giving honor where honor is due.
Please speak with the elders anytime with any concerns or questions.
Finally, let us all praise and thank God for His abundant mercy in the midst of so many effects of our sin in our lives and in creation.
Your Elders (Michael, Tom & Tyson)