It is with incredibly heavy hearts that we will cancel all in-person meetings until further notice. As the importance of public worship is largely found in the gathering of believers (Matthew 18:20), we will not live-stream or record any sermons in an attempt to substitute the elements of our regular Sunday worship, though we may send out devotional material and recorded messages throughout the week. Rather than satisfying ourselves with replacements, let us use this time to cultivate a healthy desire for public worship.
In an attempt to maintain some semblance of communal church life, we will take the following measures.
- Please use the members mailing list for social conversations during this time.
- If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the pastors.
- Consider signing up for online giving.
- Please call each other frequently. Remember that those who live alone will be especially lonely during this time.
- Please call either of the pastors if you need special help, or just want to talk.
But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:13 (ESV)
Recommendations for private worshiplink
Because the Lord’s day is to be set apart for God, and because our time of public worship has been temporarily suspended, we want to offer guidance for those who will be worshiping God individually or with their families.
Elements of private worship include the reading of Scripture, prayer, and song. To that end, consider this following approach, using Psalm 139 as an example.
Read Psalm 139.
Pray, attempting to align your prayers with the same concerns David expresses in the psalm. If praying with others, take turns praying after considering each section.
Learn and sing this song, which is a portion of Psalm 139 set to music.
Consider also these other recommendations as you devote your day to the Lord:
Work on memorizing next week’s catechism question and answer.
Read some devotional literature. John Owen’s Communion with God is a fantastic work, and you would no doubt be blessed by it, even if you only manage to read a chapter.
Watch some theological teaching. Much of Ligonier's content is free on Amazon prime or directly on their website. Other appropriate online videos include the recently produced Logic on Fire and American Gospel.
Call someone who was unable to make it to church and encourage them in the faith.
Play an old sermon from the church’s archive.