Dear CTW Family,
The past week has been irregular, to say the least. Following our decision to cancel public worship and small groups this past Sunday, the elders met and decided that in order to care for those most at risk within our congregation and to help our wider community flatten the curve of the virus growth rate, we need to cancel all events (including small groups) and will be streaming our worship services for at least the next four weeks. Look for a follow-up email later this week regarding where to stream and how to prepare with your family for a time of worship.
Though we will not be holding our Maundy Thursday dinner, we will be having a similar night of feasting and giving thanks to God for His goodness when this season has passed. The specific date is yet to be determined.
If we had held public worship this past Sunday, we would have sung a song with lyrics rooted in the text of Job 38 where God asks Job a series of questions:
Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loose the cords of Orion? Can you lead forth a constellation in its season, and guide the Bear with her satellites? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens, or fix their rule over the earth? Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, so that an abundance of water will cover you? Can you send forth lightnings that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Who has put wisdom in the innermost being or given understanding to the mind? Who can count the clouds by wisdom, or tip the water jars of the heavens, when the dust hardens into a mass and the clods stick together?
In the face of Job’s calamity, God asks these questions to remind Job that He is God. He is sovereign over all things, and His will is perfect even when it is hard.
It’s in this reality that we place our hope. God is on His throne, ruling and reigning over all the nations. Sending rain on the just and the unjust. Clothing the lily of the valley and providing for the sparrows. As His sons and daughters, we are to declare our hope with boldness of faith. The current circumstances that we all find ourselves living within provide us with a wonderful opportunity that we must not neglect.
Trust the Lord. Speak of Christ. Pray without ceasing. Help your neighbors—these things are God’s will for us.
On a personal side-note, I would ask that you please remember my Dad in your prayers. He has been in the hospital with a gall bladder issue and had it removed this afternoon. He is in recovery but is still in pain. Thank you in advance for your prayers.