Update from Pastor Scott
Friday, May 22
We welcome with rejoicing the new Centers for Disease Control guidance that classify churches as essential in this COVID crisis. Of course, we already knew that they are, and we are eager to begin meeting in person, again. While President Trump’s statement today will no doubt have an impact on states such as ours, Illinois has not yet made a change in our classification for this weekend.
Following dictates of our state and local authorities in regards to the health and safety of fellow citizens is something we value as followers of Jesus. Yes, at some point, Christians must obey God rather than men(Acts 5:29), but we should do all that we can to honor and obey our governing authorities as far as we are able. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Romans 13:1). It may come to the place someday that we must choose to face persecution and disobey mandates from the state that are in opposition to Scripture, but we are to first do all we can to comply with their requirements, and even their requests. Paul also wrote to the Romans, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).
It pains me to say this but since the restriction on gathering for worship has not yet been lifted in Illinois, and for the sake of the health and safety of those in our congregation who would be at greater risk from this virus, as well as our testimony to our community, we believe that it is necessary for us to hold off this weekend from regathering in person at our three locations. Our services will be live-streamed once again this weekend at our normal times. Pastor James Owalabi will be bringing the message for us, and of course, we will also enjoy great worship music.
Our staff and elders will be evaluating day by day what our best course of reopening will be. If you know me, you know I want that to be now. But we also have a lot of logistics to be prepared for, including thorough sanitizing of our buildings before, during and between services, who will gather and how many, distancing measures, whether or not masks should be required, etc. We will do our best to communicate with you often and be transparent in our process.
Please join us in prayer that we will honor our Lord, whether by meeting in person or holding off, and that we will have the wisdom to know the right course of action, and exhibit grace and courage in following through.
Scott Ziegler, Lead Pastor
The Bridge Community Church