Yesterday, religious leaders across the province were invited to a call with Premier Horgan, during which he asked churches to temporarily suspend meeting for in-person gatherings, to help curb the spread of COVID-19. This obviously has direct implications for us as a church. Effective immediately, we will be returning to our exclusive livestream format. Just like in the spring, we will be live streaming at 10:00 Sunday mornings. We know there is a convenience factor of being able to watch at a time of your choosing, but we do encourage you to join together with our church family at 10:00.
We returned to in-person gatherings the first weekend of July. Not all of you have been able to come in person, but we are thankful that over the past 5 months we have had the opportunity to have more than 400 of you join us for a gathering. We’re also encouraged with the fact that over the course of those five months we haven’t experienced an outbreak or even a case among those of you who have come. We don’t know how long these new restrictions will be in place, but we will be working hard to continue fulfill our mission of knowing Jesus and making Him known.
Christmas is just around the corner, and while we don’t know exactly what things will look like by then, we do know that we will find creative ways to worship and connect together as a church. Next week we are beginning our Advent series entitled, “A Better Christmas.” That title might seem like a bit of a hard sell this year, but we do believe that Jesus gives us: A Better Hope, A Better Peace, A Better Love, and A Better Joy. We’ll be releasing details about some of our other plans in the next week or so.
My encouragement to you in the midst of this season is not to lose heart. In the Book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul reminds us that Jesus holds all things in the universe together, and that He is the head of the church. So, we’re not living through anything that is not under Jesus’ control and lordship. As Christians we ought to be the most realistic and optimistic people on earth. We are realistic about the fallen world we live in, and we are optimistic about the fact that Jesus is reconciling all things to Himself.
We’ll see you Sunday, online.
~ Lee Francois