What are the practical steps we are taking at Calvary?
Through prayer and listening to the recommendations of the experts and our government leaders, Calvary has come to the following decisions about how we will navigate the unfolding events at this time.
We will continue to hold our worship services online for March 29 and April 5, and meet virtually for all other church related activities. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates regarding our plans. Thank you to all who have participated with our livestream worship services. We are making improvements in our use of this technology each week.
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCc-SmpZFnvCV3BEFov4Ch6g
On that note, thank you so much for tuning into Calary's first live streamed service this past Sunday. We are aware that the video stream of the service was lagging and we are making improvements. We've strengthened our internet capacity so now watching on your device should not be as "laggy" as last week - meaning you should be able to watch the service with no pauses, skips or glitches. In addition to Youtube next time we will also use Facebook Live - but with only one camera view.
Dear Calvary Church,
In light of unfolding events, we are recommending that our church ministries (including Connect Groups) not meet in person this week, March 16 - 21. Instead, we encourage everyone to take this time to slow down, care for our communities and pray and see how God is calling us to respond. If you would like to meet at this time, please use video conferencing tools. The office is more than happy to help anyone set this up who feels uncomfortable doing so themselves. For any questions or concerns, please call or email the office - and we will make a decision and update you about meeting Sunday March 22 by Wednesday.
- We will not be having in-person services this Sunday, March 15, 2020
We will not have Sunday School classes or mid-week gatherings for the week of March 15-21, 2020
We will provide you with a Live Stream of the Sunday service at 10:00AM through our YouTube channel (CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR CHANNEL)
You can also listen to sermons online by clicking here.
Dear Church Family, The coronavirus is in the news daily. We are all wondering how this crisis will unfold. I want us to think about this threat from a biblical perspective.
First, Christians do not live in fear even in the face of great danger. Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything…” God, in Christ has conquered the dangers of this world, even death has lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:55). We keep our eyes fixed on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith.
Second, Christians live in love. The dangers and even tragedies of our broken world are opportunity for us to minister the grace of God in the power of the Spirit. In China, some Christians instead of fleeing the areas of greatest virus infection, have gone into those areas to serve and help in the name of Jesus. This is walking in the footsteps of Jesus.
Third, Christians do respond to dangers of our world by taking practical steps to avoid the danger when possible. We don’t want to overreact but neither do we want to under react.
Consider what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1: 8-11:
For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
We do not know what Paul’s affliction was. It was probably persecution but perhaps was some form of sickness. Whatever it is, Paul felt he might die from the affliction. I want you to note two things about this affliction:
Through the affliction Paul learned to rely not on himself, but on God who raises the dead. Every affliction is an opportunity for us to learn to rely on God and to serve those around us. In this moment we must learn not to rely on ourselves (not even, ultimately on modern medicine) but on God who raises the dead.
We should also note the role of prayer in affliction (vs. 11). Paul asks the church to pray because he knew that prayer makes a difference. In prayer we cry out to the sovereign God for ourselves and for the peoples of our world. The coronavirus (and all other afflictions) is a call for the church to pray.
We live our lives, we take reasonable and practical steps recommended by medical specialists, we do not walk in fear, we learn to rely wholly on God, we pray fervently, and we seek to serve our community in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is living in Christ and by the Spirit in a broken world.
The Elders at Calvary