Posted: March 11, 2020, 2:58 pm
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. –1 Timothy 2:1-5
Dear saints of God, I ask that you join me in praying for our leaders and their advisors as they strive to make wise decisions for the common welfare of us all, and that the Church of God might faithfully and powerfully proclaim Christ in the midst of whatever turmoil life may bring.
In light of Governor Inslee’s directives this morning, I, along with the staff and in conversation with Dave Hoag as the President of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) here at St. Luke’s, have decided that tonight’s midweek service (Wednesday, March 11, 2020) will be our last worship service onsite and in the flesh for the foreseeable future.
Though our services do not typically exceed the 250 person threshold, the spirit of the directive is that we would be wise and responsible citizens in difficult and uncertain times. We want to work with our community and its leaders towards the end that all in our community would lead peaceful and healthy lives. And if adjusting how we worship together as the people of God is one sacrifice we can make to show love and compassion to our neighbors, then we will gladly take up our crosses and follow Jesus daily.
To be clear, here’s what this means.
- We will have service tonight (3/11/2020). Soup supper at 5:30, Worship at 7:00. If you are at risk, feeling unwell, are connected with someone who may be at risk, or are feeling anxious about this disease, please stay home and be at peace.
- We will NOT have ONSITE worship services this weekend. We will NOT have a 5:00PM service on Saturday. We will NOT have our 8:15AM or 10:45AM services on Sunday morning. We will NOT have our 9:30 discipleship hour (Sunday School, Sunday morning confirmation, Adult Bible Study).
- We will NOT stop worshipping. We are working on a plan to provide a video of the service for Sunday mornings. Your staff here at St. Luke’s is working very diligently and connecting with scores of volunteers to ensure that we are providing the best possible ways for you to stay connected to Christ, His gifts, and His Church throughout this process. In addition to the Brief Order of Service I sent out on Monday, we will be providing various emailed content, posted contented on our website, and videos of Bible studies, sermons, and hopefully a full worship experience. I ask for your patience as we navigate what exactly this will look like.
- Our building is NOT closing. Various other activities will continue in smaller numbers. Please speak directly with the leader of your ministry/activity for details.
Please take care of yourself. Be diligent and responsible in your hygiene habits and in your choices of when and how you interact with crowds of people.
You are not alone in this. Not only has Christ promised you His perfect presence, but His Body, the Church is still here for you. If I, or we, can minister to you in any way throughout this, please don’t hesitate to call or email.
May the peace of Christ be yours,