Thank you for allowing me a moment of your time to update you on where we are here at Hope as it relates to the COVID-19 virus. We are currently cooperating with local and state health officials by discontinuing all meetings on campus that are comprised of 10 or more individuals. Your staff met this week to formulate an 8-week plan for the church as we move forward into some uncharted territory. I encourage you to worship with us via live stream on Facebook, and our website each Sunday at 9am, and 11am.
Through this process, I have personally had to deal with fear and worry, fear, and worry with my family and the effect this has on them, fear, and worry as to how the church moves forward without doing “church as usual.” So, I’ve had to work through this, and I’m still working through it. As a staff, we can image this “we have it all figured out” persona before you as if there is no worry or fear. In doing so, we back the dump truck of guilt right up to the front door of your life.
Listen, we are feeling our way by faith through this just as you are.
John 16:33 tells us that in this world, we’re going to have trouble, that I tell you these things that you might have joy but take heart for I have overcome the world.
Jesus tells us to take heart because we lose heart at times. There are times in which we become discouraged, fearful, we doubt and worry. Jesus says I’ve told you these things would come; He does not attempt to bolster our peace by telling us that there will never be tense times in this life. Jesus tells us trouble is coming, and we should take heart, and in those moments, when we lose heart, there is grace that completely covers us.
Grace that always points us back to the one who has overcome.
Take heart today! Be encouraged and optimistic, and in those moments you’re not, in those moments when you just don’t get it, God does not step any from you as if He can’t believe what He is hearing, there is grace founded in the one who has overcome.
We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday via our online presence at 9am and 11am.