My beloved C4 family,
It is in the darkest times that the church shines the brightest. With so many daily distractions and the busyness of full lives, God is often forgotten, but now we are in a time where people everywhere are being confronted with the deeper meaning of their existence and mortality.
Fear is not the answer; faith is the answer. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) This is a time for our faith to really be put into action. As believers in Christ, we are promised to have stability and even flourish in times of crisis. Not that we are immune from difficulties, but the Lord is greater than our afflictions, and He will keep us in perfect peace as we trust in Him.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” Psalm 34:19
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
I have spoken to the C4 Pastoral Team as well as several others, including pastors from other churches regarding the actions we should take. I have two main priorities:
1) Care for the flock; tend and feed the people; and
2) Protect the church
After much prayer and discussion, our services will be online until further notice. We will continue to carefully monitor the ever-changing situation to prayerfully make the best decisions for our church body. We will approach our decision making by seeking the Lord’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. We will also consider the recommendations from government agencies and health care organizations like the CDC.
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We want to serve you and we are not afraid...we just love you enough to encourage, even if only for a short time, that we all take ultra-extra precaution to protect every family member of Calvary Cherry Creek and our surrounding communities.
So, what can you do? Spiritually, do what you always should be doing daily. Pray, read and dwell on His Word, worship and praise the Lord, and share the love and hope of Jesus Christ with others. Don’t give into fear, and remember this world is not your home (2 Corinthians 5:1-8). Be prayerful and intentional to doors the Lord opens for you to serve and encourage those around you.
Physically, if you are a senior or immunocompromised, be very careful to limit your exposure. If you or any of your immediate family are experiencing symptoms, please stay home. Take proper steps regarding hygiene and cleanliness, and please make sure your children do as well. We will all work extra hard to keep all areas of the church clean and sanitized, and you can do the same in your homes.
Finally, let’s seize the moment and pray that not only the plague of COVID-19 will stop but, most importantly, that many souls would be saved globally and that believers would grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:8-9
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
“He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” Psalm 112:7
“Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” Jeremiah 32:17
Honestly, I’m not sure this is 100% the right thing to do, but I do know that loving you and protecting you the best that I can is what the Lord would have me to do. So please, tune in for an awesome teaching, and join me in prayer that we can resume corporate worship and fellowship soon!
In Christ’s love,