The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, has impacted our cities, nation, and world in significant ways. We have all watched as sports leagues, convert venues, universities, government agencies, and others have enacted extraordinary measures in response to this threat.
The President has declared a national state of emergency due to COVID-19 and the Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner has recommended that group gatherings and churches throughout the state cancel weekend services to help prevent the spread of the virus.
In addition, we know that this virus is most dangerous for those who are the most vulnerable amongst us, those who are elderly and/or have pre-existing medical conditions.
In response to the recommendations of our God-ordained government leaders, we are cancelling all service and events for this week; we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed regarding our service schedule throughout the remainder of this crisis.
It’s tempting to respond to today’s headlines with fear, but we are told in 2 Timothy 1:7 that, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We are also reminded that we can bring any concern to God in prayer; Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Our lives rest in the sovereign care of a God who has all authority over all viruses.
In response to the virus, many churches have taken their services online; we are posting links to several of these services. Our prayer is that God will use this time in your life to speak to you in new and exciting ways as you seek after Him.
We pray that you will know the grace and peace of God in the days ahead.
Pastor Eric Wiens
Links to online services:
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. Read More...