Concerns over Coronavirus have certainly gripped our nation as of late. We desire to be mindful of the balance between our desire to come together in worship, the health and safety of our congregation, and our obedience to government suggestions and restrictions. It seems fitting to share some excerpts from an article that C.S. Lewis wrote 72 years ago, on the fears of living in an Atomic Age, we need only insert the word Coronavirus where the word atomic is:
Do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways.It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken, is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things-praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children-not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.
- Taken from-“On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays
Now, it would be foolish to draw an exact parallel between those circumstances and the one we find ourselves in with the scare over this virus, but many things are exactly the same. Fear need not have a hold on us, we have a heavenly Father who is not surprised by this, nothing has ever “occurred” to Him. 2 Timothy 1:7 bears repeating:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We will continue to pray for a resolution to this chaos in the same spirit and with the same confidence that we pray for one another on a Sunday morning as a congregation and also as individuals and families throughout the week.
The new executive order by our governor and also the recommendation by the president of the United States says that they are asking people to not meet in groups larger than 10 people. After reflecting on these things together, the board of elders have made a decision to suspend congregational Sunday services at the Sunday School building. We did this after thought, prayer, and lengthy discussion together. We believe at this point, that we would rather be seen as acting in haste, than to not have made a decision towards this, and have a member of our congregation contract the virus while meeting together.
We believe that we are a strong body of believers, and will remain that way, even during a temporary separation of meeting all together. In the mean time, we certainly don’t want to forsake any ministry opportunities that can be attained in other ways. We certainly encourage all to stay in touch and make each other aware of any needs that individuals or families have during this time, whether it be spiritual or physical.
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