As you are aware, there is growing concern about the Corona virus as it has made its way into our state. We want to provide some words of guidance and reassurance to our congregation during this time of heightened interest in how we should be good citizens in our community, and how we can best serve and love one another.
First and most important, we need to remember and take comfort in the sovereignty and power of God. He reigns and rules over all things. Matthew 10:29 tells us that not even a sparrow can fall to the ground without God’s consent and permission. Even when this world seems out of control, it’s just an illusion because we know with certainty that God is firmly in control, working to accomplish his good purpose. We can therefore respond in faith rather than fear or panic. In the words of the Psalmist, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
We will continue to worship on Sunday mornings. More than ever, we need to seek God’s face and be continually reminded of his help and protection. He is our refuge, the source of our hope, health, life and salvation. Having said that, we urge you to take the following precautions:
- If you are feeling sick or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please stay home and do not come to church. Symptoms of the COVID-19 virus include fever, cough and shortness of breath.
- If you are at risk or vulnerable to the Corona virus because of your age or health issues, we encourage you to stay home and not risk possible exposure.
- If you are attending worship or other church events, please avoid physical contact, such as shaking hands. Also, please take the precaution of washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
Based on changing community health recommendations our leadership may decide to adjust how we gather in order to serve our health care professionals. We want to be at the forefront of helping those the Lord has provided to take care of our healthcare needs.
We serve and are loved by a big God who promises to wipe all our tears away, to end all sickness and suffering and death, to make all things right, and make all things new. Until that glorious time comes, we are a people who live by faith in the God who makes good on his promises.
Let’s pull together and remain calm, loving, courageous, and community minded, even if that means we have to adjust how we do things for a while. As we wash our hands, let’s not neglect “washing feet.”
In Christ’s service,
Westminster Presbyterian Church Session