While much is still unknown about COVID-19, one thing is clear: this is a unique crisis. Though many in our church are young and healthy and not personally worried about the coronavirus, hosting large gatherings increases the likelihood that this disease will be transmitted to those in our community whose bodies are less capable of handling the virus.
Local health oﬃcials have asked churches to suspend public gatherings, and yesterday the Mayor of Kansas City suspended events with gatherings of over 1,000. In addition, we’ve received wise counsel from medical professionals from within our body who have urged us to take this threat seriously.
For these reasons, we’ve chosen to cancel public gatherings this Sunday. Next week, we will establish and communicate longer-term plans. But in the meantime, here are three things we would encourage you to do.
Pray that God would move in power to prevent the further spread of this virus. Pray for those who are sick, that God would heal. Pray for our leaders (global, national, and local), that God would grant a spirit of wisdom and humility and love. Pray for those who are already suﬀering the economic impact of the virus.
Instead of coming to a church building this Sunday, use this as an opportunity to gather in homes to pray, sing, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper, reminding one another of Christ’s body, which was broken, and his blood, which was shed for us.
By Sunday, we will publish a short guide that groups may use that will include a basic liturgy, a short devotional, as well as some focused points for prayer. If you’re not in a Small Group, grab a few friends or acquaintances and use this guide to facilitate time together on Sunday.
Resist the urge to get caught up in the frenzy of news and social media, and put roots down deep into the Word of God. Resist the twin errors of hysteria or denial. Look for ways to love your neighbors. And, know that this health crisis will open up new opportunities for love, sacrifice, generosity, and proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus. Pray that God would bring about revival through the church’s response to these current events.
Please let us know if you have any questions. And again, next week we will update you on our plans for the next 3-6 weeks as they relate to Sundays, weekday programming, and Small Group support.
P.S. For those interested in learning more about the unique challenges and opportunities churches face because of the coronavirus, we would commend Andy Crouch’s, “Love in the Time of Coronavirus”to you as an excellent resource.
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