At the recommendation of medical professionals, including those at the Colorado Department of Health & Environment and the issuance of Public Health Order 20-23, we will be modifying our schedule temporarily.
Until at least April 19, we will have no Sunday morning gatherings. We will replace gathering for the Sunday morning service with a regular online message from Pastor Josh leading us through the Word, accompanied by prayer points. We are encouraging smaller gatherings in our Missional Communities where people are able and willing. In our Missional Communities we will listen to the sermon together, eat, pray and encourage one another. We will release these sermons on Sunday afternoon in time for the Missional Communities at 5:00. As we approach April 19, we will re-evaluate the situation.
You can find the sermons on our website under the Resource Section
The principles that guided us to this decision are the following:
1. Gathering is essential to who the church is. We are people redeemed in Christ gathering under the Word of God. Gathering is irreplaceable to church life. We are committed to gather in the long term (Hebrews 10:24-25).
The church through the ages has faced threats to life and liberty. Through them all, Christians entrust themselves to the providence of God while upholding the value of meeting to care for one another, pray with each another, and sit under the Word of God together.
The life of the church requires presence, particularly in times of need, when the strong are told to uphold the weak.
This is our long term commitment, even when present factors may disrupt this for a brief time.
2. Loving one another is essential to who the church is. Love for one another is primarily expressed in building each other up in love, so that we are formed after Christ (Ephesians 4:15-16). It is also expressed in caring for the physical needs of one another (2 Corinthians 9:1-15).
To love people is to consider how best to contribute to their good, based on the knowledge we have at time.
What we currently know is that a novel virus is spreading quickly without widespread availability of competent testing, let alone treatment.
Those who are most threatened by the virus are those with weakened immune systems. Those who are most likely to introduce the virus to a new area are travelers. Those who are most likely bridges of the virus, even without exhibiting many symptoms, are children.
3. Loving our community is essential to who the church is. We are told to respect those in authority over us and to be as courteous as we can be while upholding the often counter-cultural values of the Kingdom of Christ (Titus 3:1-2).
The governor of Colorado has asked churches not to gather. From the standpoint of seeking to reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread, this is a reasonable request. It is in keeping with the limited understanding we have of curtailing the spread of this particular virus. We also know there are confirmed cases in the State of Colorado. We respect the governor’s request.
4. Trusting God sometimes means holding to your plans no matter what, and sometimes means holding your plans with an open hand. Setting a plan based on known factors at the time is a godly thing to do, but it is humility to adjust plans when the factors shift significantly (Proverbs 16:9; 19:21; 20:18; 21:5).
This situation is extreme enough to indicate the latter. We can hold our plans with an open hand, confident that the Lord knows exactly what he’s doing in bringing this significant period of uncertainty into the lives of our people and community.
Uncertainty is the lack of clarity that comes from inadequate knowledge of a situation. In this case, because so many of the assumptions we make about healthcare, market behavior, and community expectations has shifted suddenly.
Even if we one day might retrospectively think of our society’s reaction to this as an overreaction, there are, nevertheless in the moment, new urgencies still being discovered.
In other words, only God understands this entirely. We are only able to act wisely with the level of understanding we have.