As a community of faith, we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38). We also know from Scripture and experience that it is through difficult times, not the easy times, that we find out who we are and whose we are. Such are the times we find ourselves in today.
We the members of the Ministry of Congregational Care have determined that for at least the next two Sundays (March 15 and 22) we encourage the church to be the church all week, and to worship at home while watching our video feed. There will be no Sunday morning gathering at the Maple Grove church facility, but our live video of our worship will be available here. The recorded video session of Sunday morning will be available on our website to view at any time following the service.
This highly unusual decision to discourage Sunday morning attendance is not made out of fear, but out of responsibility and care for the most vulnerable in our communities. While we suggest refraining from large gatherings of people, we do encourage you to stay in touch with neighbors, family and friends with practical expressions of love and encouragement. During this time of uncertainty, our faith in Christ serves not only as an anchor but the reason for us to live with joy and purpose, even in the face of the uncertainty of the world around us.
With the Peace of Christ,