Subject: Important Announcement regarding Church tomorrow
Good evening LRPC Family,
“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
(Psalm 62:1-2 ESV)
Out of an abundance of caution and a strong desire to safeguard (as much as we can) the health of our congregation and community (always entrusting ourselves first and foremost to God above), after much prayer and a lengthy meeting with the Deacons and Trustees, the Session is suspending for two weeks our normal Sunday activities. We are not cancelling worship, but are asking each of you to gather tomorrow and next Sunday (March 22nd) in your homes at 11:00 a.m. and participate as the service is broadcast digitally. A digital copy of the order of worship will be available tomorrow; and the announcements will be sent out in our twice-weekly emails to the congregation. You can follow this link to find the livestreamed service: http://www.lochravenpca.org/resources/sermons/
Additionally, we have decided to close the church building to group activities during these two weeks in order both to limit people’s possible exposure as well as to allow the building to be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly without the normal weekly traffic. Please communicate with your Shepherding Elder any prayer requests and spiritual needs. Please reach out to the Deacon Board with other requests for help (e.g. need of a meal or a ride to the doctor’s office). Please feel free to call the church office with any questions.
We thank God for the wonderful building that He has blessed us with, however we know that the Church is not a building, but rather we (God’s people) are the Church, the Body of Christ. Worship on the Lord’s Day does not happen only if we are sitting in a particular place for a certain period of time. I pray that God would be praised by us all tomorrow and next Sunday even though we won’t be gathered in person at 9318 Old Harford Rd. If you would like to invite a few others into your home (a more controlled environment) to join you in fellowship—perhaps to participate in the service together: praying, singing, listening to the sermon and then enjoying a meal afterwards—please feel free to do so wisely and with common sense precautions.
We will continue to follow the impact of COVID-19 on our communities as well as the government’s response and guidelines given for large group gatherings. We fell under Governor Hogan’s threshold that would have prohibited us meeting at this time, but things are changing rapidly. We ask you all to pray for our church family, for your own community, for our nation, and for everyone impacted worldwide by this virus. Pray particularly for wisdom for those in authority and for those in the medical community (1 Tim. 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” ESV).
As you are no doubt aware at this time President Trump has also declared a national emergency. In addition, he has declared Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer. Let’s be on our knees interceding for others in this pandemic. As the psalmist goes on to say: “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Ps. 62:8). As one member reminded me yesterday, “Regardless of how likely or unlikely we think it is that we are personally affected by this virus, we need to hope well in the Lord. Perhaps it is better to be afraid, face the fear, and let that drive us toward God than to rest on a false hope for a better tomorrow.” Amen!
We, the Session, Deacon Board, and Trustees are praying for you.
I am praying for you.
Please pray for us too.
And remember that God is in control!
In His grace,