Worship Services & COVID-19: Update

Last week, March 18th, I communicated to you how we were adjusting our worship services and ministry actives in response to the current challenge our country is experiencing with COVID-19.  The purpose of today’s announcement is to provide you with an update regarding where we stand today.  Yesterday, in anticipation of the challenge of COVID-19 will present in the next few weeks, Governor Whitmer issued a statewide stay-at-home order that is in effect through April 13, 2020 at 11:59 pm.  In that order it is stated that all public gathering of “any number of people occurring among persons outside a single household are temporally prohibited.”  In other words, the only public or private gatherings that are permissible during the temporary stay-at-home order is that of a single-family unit.  In other words, the only gatherings, public or private, that are allowed are those made up of a household – those living under the same roof.

So, how are we moving forward with our worship services?

As Christ’s under shepherd, I am not only responsible to Him for the flock’s spiritual wellbeing but also to certain extent the flock’s physical wellbeing (Heb. 13:17).  With that said, anticipating the next few weeks ahead of us as being the most challenging for our country and especially our state and local communities, we will abide by the governor’s order and hold off with publicly gathering for worship and transition over to social media.

The last thing I would want to see occur is one of my beloved sheep become infected by this dangerous virus.  I love my family of Faith.

While social media is never intended to replace the prescribed method of the worship of God, there are legitimate occasions when Christ does indeed use social media for the benefit of His flock and for God’s glory.  One example that immediately comes to mind are shut ins – those who truly desire to publicly assemble with the saints for the worship of God but are unable to leave their homes for various health reasons.  With that said, would you please pray for me as I attempt to make adequate preparations to temporally transition over to social media?  All prayers would be greatly appreciated.

The moment we are living in right now brings great uncertainty.  However, amid the uncertainty we find ourselves in right now the one thing we can be sure of and should find great comfort and encouragement in is that God is our Creator, Sustainer, and Provider (Acts 17:28; Col. 1:15 – 17).  So, while it may be easier said than done, as God’s people we need not needlessly worry ourselves because He has promised that so long as we set our minds upon Him, He will meet our needs and grant us the necessary peace of mind we can use at the moment (Matt. 6:31 – 34; Isa. 26:3).

One last thing.  Along with the challenge of COVID-19 and the temporary stay-at-home order, many are concerned with meeting their weekly and monthly household obligations.  The local church shares that same concern.  We may not always remember, but the local church likewise has weekly and monthly obligations that need to be meet.

With that in mind, during the temporary stay-at-home order and our transition to social media, would you please consider continuing your weekly financial support of the stewardship Christ has entrusted to us here at Faith Bible Presbyterian Church?  Your faithful weekly support does not go unnoticed.  Our beloved Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is in our midst and one day we will be rewarded for our faithfulness (Rev. 2:1).  So, again, do not think that your faithfulness in the financial support of the Lord’s work here at Faith Bible goes unnoticed.  The day will come when our faithfulness will be rewarded.

I will still be in the office during the week carrying out my ministerial responsibilities and the administrative functions of the church. So, I will be in the office to receive and record your weekly support if you should so choose to mail your weekly support.

As I stated in my initial communication,

We are most certainly being challenged with the COVID-19 outbreak.  Let us pray for one another and for our country.  May we be reminded that none of this has taken God by surprise.  He is the Author of not only our salvation but also world history (Isa. 46:9 – 11).  Nothing comes to pass without Him allowing it to come to pass and as for what He does allow… we have the wonderful promise of Sacred Scripture that He will use all things for our good.  That is, He is working all things together, even our current challenge with COVID-19, with our best interest in mind (Rom. 8:28).

Numbers 6:24 – 26

Blessings!

Pastor Wayne

John 10:27