Covid-19 Update and This Sunday
Covid-19 | by Pastor Adam Sinnett
We thought it would be helpful to send another brief note prior to our Sunday gathering. We are still planning to gather and continue our series through Romans unless circumstances change dramatically. I encourage you to read my post from earlier this week, if you haven’t already, which describes our plan to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19—though we have made a few additional changes since then.
WHY WE GATHER
The regular gathering of Jesus’ people to sing, pray, and preeminently sit under God’s Word is the most important means of grace in a Christian’s life. The word for church in Greek literally means “assembly, or congregation.” In Christ, we now belong to Jesus’ people, universal and local. That means Sunday is the one time during the week where we get to physically live out this shared identity. Therefore, gathering on the Lord’s Day, Sunday, has been integral to Jesus’ people from the very beginning.
IS ANYONE ELSE GATHERING?
However, we won’t be the only ones gathering. The Seattle school district is still in session. The Sounders are playing on Saturday. Concerts are still happening throughout the city. Museums and tourist attractions are still open. My oldest has a junior high basketball game on Saturday. Life goes on, even with more hand-washing and avoidance of touching your face.
WHEN NOT TO GATHER
However, in alignment with CDC guidelines, we do encourage you to stay home if:
- You, or a family member, has a cough, fever, or other respiratory difficulties (i.e. you’re sick).
- You are over 60 years old (a population particularly susceptible to Covid-19)
- You have underlying health conditions such as heart or lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
- Or, you are pregnant.
Remaining home under such circumstances is not evidence of a lack of faith, but prudential wisdom.
A TEMPORARY SOLUTION (LIVE STREAMING)
In light of the present circumstance, we will be offering a temporary live-streaming option of our gathering. You will be able to access the live stream from our webpage or this link. While we don’t believe merely viewing a church gathering online constitutes “gathering” with the church, it is better than non-attendance or listening to a recorded sermon later. We will evaluate the extent to which we will continue to offer this option as the situation develops.
WHEN WE GATHER
Therefore, here are a few notes for when we gather this Sunday:
- Don’t give into fear, just be smart.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer. New stations have already been installed.
- Work on your elbow-bump or foot-tap welcome (!)
- We will not have a designated meet-and-greet.
- For increased sanitation, communion will temporarily consist of separate cups.
Let’s continue to pray: for the sick, for the fearful, for salvations, and for the glory of God to shine brightly. Amidst an uncertain world, He alone is certain: “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress: I shall not be greatly shaken” (Ps. 62:2). The mission continues. Let’s be humble, wise, and courageous as we follow him together.
Christ is all,
P.S. Don’t forget this Sunday, March 8, is Daylight Saving Time. #springforward