Blue Ridge Worship, Masks, and the Tent
To all the Saints of Blue Ridge,
I’ve been waiting a long time to give you this update, which is exciting news for our church and ministries!
From the very beginning, as the entire world sought to navigate how to address Covid-19, we as elders had to determine how to best lead this church, recognizing that there are differing opinions and interpretations on the guidelines that were being given to us. We could not allow people’s responses and opinions to lead us to determine what we would do—we had to prayerfully go before the Lord and ask Him alone, seeking the direction that He provides us in His Word.
From that, we determined that we would “Submit …for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God…” (1 Pet. 2:12-14.) In addition, we had to recognize that, “There is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.” (Rom 13:1)
We rejoice that we could continue to collectively worship and speak or teach from God’s Word during this time! While many of us had differing opinions on how that process should unfold, particularly with masks, His Word was the ultimate means for us to find His direction as a church body, and we sought to operate in that way.
Consistent with that direction, today the Governor’s newest order places the responsibility of masks upon the individual, and not upon the Church. With this alteration, effective Sunday May 16 (tomorrow), we will not be placing signage requiring masks.
We recognize that for some people, this new change might make them uncomfortable. In this time of transition, we are still going to have a 9:00 am indoor and 11:00am outdoor service on May 16 (of course, weather permitting.) The chairs inside will still be separated by 6’ of distance, and we will continue to livestream the 9:00 am service. If you personally feel the need to wear a mask at either service, know that you are supported and encouraged to do so. As Christian brothers and sisters, we want to honor God at this time by being charitable, flexible, understanding, and loving towards one another through this time of transition.
So, what does this mean regarding the tent fundraiser? I’ll answer that tomorrow at the very beginning of the church service. Be sure to be on time to hear about it!
Join us for in-person services – NEW worship times!
- Sunday livestream worship services – click HERE
- How to give – instructions are HERE
- Connect with a Life Group – see the group list HERE
- Youth Group – see Pastor David’s videos on YouTube HERE
- Opportunities to care for our community – click HERE
Opportunities to care
We want to be known as followers of Jesus who truly and tangibly care for our community. Especially during this time! Let’s continue to consider thoughtful, loving, and safe ways to care for those right around us. Work with your family, Life group, or other small group to share ideas and serve (from a distance)!
We’re continuing to update the specific needs and instructions for how we can be engaged right now in our local Western Loudoun community. Go to the page for more details and ideas what to do with these specific needs – individually, as a family, as a Life Group, or using them as reasons for prayer!
Thank you for those of you who are contacting these organizations, meeting needs, and praying!
Past updates >> HERE