I am so thankful that I can leave the troubling things of life in the hands of God. Even though we are not sure at this point, God already knows who will be inaugurated as President of the United States of America on January 20, 2020. God knows all things (Isaiah 46:10).
This coming Sabbath, November 14, 2020, we at Laurel Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church have planned a special “Church Reunion Sabbath.” We will continue to share the joy of Bible Study and Worship through the internet but are encouraging in-person attendance. We will be praising God throughout our service this week through lots of music, a baptism, and the spoken word. Our COVID-19 protocol will provide for the safety of all. I'm very thankful to be able to say that at this time there are no individuals, that I am aware of, at Laurel Heights church that have the coronavirus.
Paul, to God’s people, in Hebrews 10:24-25, reminds us that we should “… consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Coming together for worship is not only biblical but it is socially important. Online activities have become comfortable. Isn’t it time to begin breaking loose and gathering in safe ways?
I know that many of us are limiting our social experience because we are still fearful of contracting COVED-19. I too want everyone to be safe. Because COVID-19 protocols are being carefully follow here at Laurel Heights Church, I believe attending church is safe. Wearing a mask is required of all who are 10 years of age and above (voluntary masking by those younger is appreciated). Social distancing is carefully monitored. Appropriate greetings of one another (verbal, knuckle bump, elbow touch) are encouraged. The building and restrooms are sanitized each week and between use. At the same time, those who are at “High Risk” are encouraged to continue to join us “on-line.”
Lord God, thank you for the assurance that you are totally seeing that things are as they need to be in our nation and the world around us. Thank you for keeping us safe through these troubling months. We trust that you will keep us safe in church as well. We are surrendered to you and thankful for your gift of salvation and the blessed hope of your soon coming. In Jesus name, amen.