Dear church family and guests of Cary Alliance,
I’m reminded of a phrase often heard a few decades back: “Greetings in the strong Name of Jesus Christ.”
Our Elders and Pastors have been much in prayer and consultation about our response to COVID-19. It seems that every hour brings disorienting and distressing news. Your questions, concerns and comments have been much appreciated and have helped shape our thoughts in this matter. We believe that in much counsel comes wisdom from the Lord.
Before getting into some details of our response, let’s affirm some basic truths that we can hold on to:
- God is good and has us in His hands. In an ultimate sense, nothing can touch us and nothing can separate us from His love. Everything that He brings into our life is for His glory and can be used by Him to transform us more into the character of Jesus Christ. We are not given a Spirit of fear, but of adoption — we remain heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus Christ.
- As we sojourn in this fallen world we experience the groaning of a creation subject to bondage to decay. As believers we are not exempted from it, but in the midst we have unshakeable hope and confidence as well as the assurance of the Holy Spirit’s comforting, counseling, empowering and healing presence.
- Our greatest trouble is a sin-sick soul and God’s greatest provision is salvation in Jesus Christ. These truths are eternal and will remain unchanged long after COVID-19 is a distant, unpleasant memory.
- Our central calling is to love God with all our heart, and our neighbors as ourselves. To know our Lord and make disciples of every nation. As we put it – to love Jesus and reach people.
Turning to the current situation, epidemiologists and doctors, some in our own church family, consistently warn that our world is confronted with the prospect of a devastating pandemic. In the face of this we are encouraged to see the unprecedented way in which the community and nation is coming together to battle the virus. Minimizing contact with others, especially in large groups, is the central strategy in delaying and reducing the number of fatal illnesses. At significant inconvenience and financial cost the broader community is joining together to save lives through social distancing.
We strongly believe that the best way we can honor God and be a witness for Him within our community is to join in these efforts, not to oppose them. This is love in action. To that end, we are taking the following steps:
- There will be no services or activities on Sunday, nor the TFC choir presentation on Monday. Other Bible Studies and meetings at the church will be cancelled through next Friday. Small groups will meet at their discretion. But do not be dismayed — The church is people, not a building.
- On Sunday morning at 10:30 on CAC’s Facebook page we will broadcast a time of family worship with Pastor Danny and Pastor Mitchell.
- Please continue to reach out to each other, encourage each other and pray for each other. Communicate with your small group and your church family. Look to each other’s needs and carry each other’s burdens. More information on prayer is below.
- Ask your friends and neighbors how you can pray for them, and do so on the spot. In conversations about COVID-19, be intentional to insert words of hope and assurance. Counter fear with faith. Consider inviting someone over to participate in your Sunday worship.
- Our team continues to grapple with what it means to be a worshipping community of faith during this troubling time. Please look for updates in CACNews, on the church website, or on our Facebook page.
In His grip,
The Pastors and Elders
Prayer Guide in light of COVID-19 (from Summit Church)
- Ask God, in his mercy, to stem the tide of this growing pandemic, not only in our communities, but in cities around the world (Isaiah 59:1–2).
- Pray that those who are called to address this crisis (particularly medical professionals and those in positions of authority) would be equipped to handle new cases with wisdom and compassion (Romans 13:1–4).
- Pray that local churches would lead the way in exhibiting a spirit of trust in God and love for others (Matthew 22:37–39).
- Pray for our overseas missionaries, that they would act as God’s ambassadors, continuing to offer the hope of the gospel (Mark 16:15).