Dear Roy Bible Church Family,
In response to Governor Herbert’s statement Thursday afternoon prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 persons, we are cancelling our service for March 22, 2020.
We are continuing to monitor the situation and we are listening to the state for guidance as well as getting information from trusted sources regarding church safety. Below are suggestions for you and your families regarding church attendance and general sanitation protocols.
-Greeting people at church is commonly a physical act. Shaking hands. Hugging. Etc. We are a loving church, but for everyone’s well-being, please refrain from physical contact if possible.
-Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Therefore, if you are in one of these categories and feel it best to remain home, don’t feel pressured to come in person. Instead, watch the service live online via our website’s streaming service.
-Individuals can practice everyday prevention measures like frequent hand washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Recently, Mark Oden wrote an article on www.thegospelcoalition.comentitled, “8 Things the Coronavirus Should Teach Us.” Among the list, he makes the following points which are helpful for us to remember right now:
-We are fragile. How does this lesson of our fragility hit home? Perhaps by reminding us to not take our lives on this earth for granted. “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90:12).
-We are equal. This virus doesn’t respect ethnic boundaries or national borders. It’s not really a Chinese virus; it’s our virus. We’re all members of the great human family, created in the image of God (Gen. 1:17). The color of our skin, the language we speak, our accents, and our cultures count for nothing in the eyes of a contagious disease.
-We aren’t ultimately in control. Armed with our disinfectant sprays, we try to lower the risks of being infected. There is nothing wrong with this activity. But are we in control of the situation? Hardly. Our trust must be in the God of the universe who is in control of all things.
-It’s so easy to be gripped by fear. It’s easy to see the coronavirus everywhere we look. Perhaps this crisis is challenging us to react in a different way—with faith and not fear. Faith not in the stars or in some unknown deity. Rather, faith in Jesus Christ, the good shepherd who is also the resurrection and the life. Surely only Jesus is in control of this situation.
– In the midst of a global crisis, how can we as individuals possibly make a difference? Often we feel so small and insignificant. But there is something we can do. We can call out to our Father in heaven. Pray for the authorities running our countries and cities. Pray for the medical teams treating the sick. Pray for the men, women, and children who have been infected, for the people afraid to leave their homes, for those living in red zones, for those at high risk with other illnesses, and for the elderly. Pray the Lord would protect us and keep us. Pray to him, that he might show us his mercy.
-“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities. All is vanity” (Eccles. 1:2). It’s so easy to lose perspective in the midst of the madness of our lives. Perhaps this crisis is reminding us what we should concern our lives with. Perhaps it’s helping us to distinguish between what’s meaningful and meaningless.
-In a sense, the most important question is not, “What hope do you have in the face of the coronavirus?” because Jesus came to warn us of the presence of a far more lethal and widespread virus—one that has struck every man, woman, and child. A virus that ends in not only certain death, but eternal death. Our species, according to Jesus, lives in the grip of a pandemic outbreak called sin. What is your hope in the face of that virus? The story of the Bible is the story of a God who entered a world infected with this virus. He lived among sick people, not wearing a chemical protective suit but breathing the same air as we do, eating the same food as we do. He died in isolation, excluded from his people…that he might provide this sick world with an antidote to the virus, that he might heal us and give us eternal life. Hear his words: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26)
Please continue to pray that this situation will cause hearts to open and respond to the Gospel.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding and we look forward to worshipping our Risen Lord together soon.
Kenny & Nevin – Elders of Roy Bible Church