Updated Post: March 31, 2020
In compliance with the requests of Washington state and Snohomish County leadership, the elders have decided to suspend in-person gatherings until further notice. This was not an easy decision for us to make with our emphasis on the corporate worship gathering of the church. In light of the direction from our civic leaders, we wish to do our part to contain the spread of the virus for the safety and well-being of our neighbors and the capacity load of our local health care facilities.
We are providing a Home Worship Guide, including worship songs, family devotional, and a video sermon. We are also working on ways to keep us all connected. One way to stay connected is to join a BridgeCity Prayer Meeting via Zoom on Mondays at 7:00 PM. Additionally, the guys Thursday morning group is meeting via Zoom as well. So guys if your morning commute has changed, join us on Thursday mornings. If you need access to either of these digital meetings email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although we cannot gather in-person, for the time being, we can gather digitally and continue to spend Sunday mornings worshipping Christ together. This is an opportunity to demonstrate to our children the value of worship and the value of trusting in the goodness of the Lord during difficult times.
We chose to trust the Lord during the challenging days ahead and be obedient to his call to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also want to encourage us all to be mindful of our neighbors during this time. Moments like these call the church to be the church. Offer to bring groceries to elderly neighbors. Visit the sick, help those in need. Although the church gathering is temporarily suspended, the church acting is not. If any of you are sick, Jake and I will gladly come and pray for you. If you need anything, please let us know. This is an opportunity for the church to support one another. Likely there will be further needs moving forward and the Church must be ready to proclaim the hope we have in Christ to the glory of God.
We encourage you to read this article from The Gospel Coalition and an excerpt from the Heidelberg Catechism:
What is your only hope in life and death?
That I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil. He also preserves me in such a way that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, all things must work together for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit he also assures me of eternal life and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for him.