Coronavirus Update #2 (3/14/2020)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalm 46:1-2).
Dear Rivermont Family,
The Rivermont Pastors and Staff met this morning out of care for our Rivermont flock. Regarding our response to the coronavirus, we encourage you to embrace our sovereign and merciful God who daily gives us the opportunity to display “the hope we have within us.” We ask you to remain in steadfast prayer for God’s grace and protection as well as opportunity for the gospel to flourish. Pray that Rivermont would continue to display our hope in Christ to a world in need of His grace. We praise God for His Fatherly compassion that tends to us daily. As the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (II Corinthians 1:3), “he knows our frames, remembers that we are dust” and cherishes us as his children (Psalm 103:13). Our God has us in the palm of His hand.
Regarding corporate worship tomorrow, the pastors will lead worship at 8:30am and 11:00am. Prayer with the pastors will be at 4:00pm in the sanctuary for those who feel comfortable in coming. However, if you are sick, or considered high risk, please stay at home. Also, please do not violate your conscience if you believe it’s best to stay at home. You are free. If you miss any worship service, please look for on-line posts on our website (https://www.rivermont.org).
Changes in Worship
In an effort to decrease the spreading of germs during worship, we recommend not shaking hands or hugging. We have temporarily cancelled the Fellowship of the Peace of Christ and will not have Children’s Church. Also, we will not have an anthem led by our choirs and will not pass the offering plate. Please give online at https://www.rivermont.org/give or place your offering in one of the collection plates at the Sanctuary exits. And, for the safety of our children, we have closed our nursery.
Church Activities Cancelled
Other than corporate worship, certain church group activities are cancelled through March 30. This includes Sunday School, Rivermont Fellowship Night, Tuesday morning Dawn Patrol, and Thursday morning Bible studies at the church.
A Word of Encouragement
Throughout redemptive history, God has called his people to work and worship in resolute hope regardless of geopolitics or epidemics. The psalmist’s despair over the wicked world around him was transformed into hope by returning to worship (Psalm 73:16-17). The Church has also lived with bold faith during times of persecution and illness. Let those of us for whom it is prudent (Proverbs 22:3) proactively look for ways to demonstrate the incarnation love of Christ and certain hope of the gospel (I Peter 3:17).
The Rivermont staff and Session are planning multiple ways that we can stay connected together and remain focused on God and His grace. We will keep you posted.
With His love,
Pastor Ron, together with Pastors David, Brett, Mike, and Shane, along with the REPC staff