Dear Hope Church,
As our leadership looked at Psalm 42 together this week, we were struck by David’s approach to dealing with his grief. In one sentence, he calls the Lord his rock, and in the very next line, he asks, “Where are you, Lord?” It reveals his confidence in the steadfast love of the Lord but also confusion about his current situation. While there’s true hope, there’s no denying or pretending away the difficulties of life.
As the coronavirus continues to linger, aren’t we in a similar situation? The cross and the resurrection mean we can know the Lord Jesus, who took on flesh and became a suffering servant, is near to us who are broken and bruised and that one day all sickness and sorrow will cease. But it doesn’t make our suffering disappear in this life. Which means that, in the midst of “the hard,” we must cling to the good news that reminds us of his care and affection for us.
And that brings me to a hard, but probably not unexpected announcement. Due to the rise in coronavirus cases in our county, the Session has sought wisdom from our COVID Advisory Team and has decided that we will need to go back to wearing face-coverings at indoor worship services. We know that this is disappointing for a number of reasons, but we are also so thankful that we can continue to gather for worship together—either indoors or outdoors. And we are also hopeful that this latest spike will not last long, so we will reevaluate after 30 days and keep you updated.
Our Session and staff ask you to join us in praying for the eradication of COVID-19, for the protection of our congregation from physical, emotional, and spiritual attack, and for our unity as a body. Just as the Apostle Paul encouraged the Colossians, may we continue to be knit together in love.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)