Dear Members and Friends of Redeemer,
In light of the recent declaration of a state of emergency from both President Trump and Governor McMaster, we, like so many other churches, will cancel our service for this Sunday, March 15.
Please know that this decision is not motivated by fear but by love. WE SEEK TO LOVE OUR CITY AND ITS PEOPLE WELL. Proverbs 11:10 comes to my mind at this time: “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices…” In commenting on these verses, Matthew Henry writes, “…therefore when it goes well with the righteous, when they are advanced and put into a capacity of doing good according to their desire, it is so much the better for all about them, and the city rejoices.”
It is now in our capacity to do good to our city. In canceling our service we acknowledge that the Coronavirus is a world-wide problem and that we “weep with those who weep” from the effects of this virus. Additionally we demonstrate our care for all people and not just ourselves. Though Redeemer is predominantly populated by people who are in the “safest” category as far as surviving the Coronavirus, certainly we want to do all we can do to prevent the spread of the virus to those who are more vulnerable. Obviously the more who have the virus, the more it will spread. To the watching city, our cancellation says, “We care.” It indicates that we seek to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.
This of course has an impact when we then seek to address the greatest problem that all people have. That problem is not the Coronavirus but instead alienation from God brought about by sin. The solution to that problem is found in faith in the person of Jesus Christ. How much sweeter that Good News might sound when offered by lips that have already demonstrated love for others.
As of the writing of this communication, we have never yet live-streamed our sermons. We will be working on that technology this week. In the event that we do not meet again next week, we can hopefully live-stream a sermon–yes, I will preach to an empty sanctuary.
In the meantime, all recent Redeemer sermons, with accompanying notes and tidbits, can be found here. It would be a great demonstration of our family bond if at 10:00 this Sunday morning you find a 2020 sermon you might have missed and listen to it or listen again to one that resonated with you. Then, though apart, we will still be together. After listening to a sermon, let’s all join together in fervent prayer for our nation and the world during this crisis. II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
We will keep you updated on all developments as we know them.
It is such a joy to be your pastor.
Grace and peace to you all,