March 15, 2020 – Regarding Cancellation of Corporate Worship

A message from the Assembly Pastoral Team:

This Lenten season, we at Assembly have been seeking God’s “wild hope.”  And as COVID-19 permeates our daily lives, let us pray ever more fervently, “God of mercy, give us your wild hope.”  God’s wild hope radically disrupts how the world is thought to be. Rather than a place of scarcity, exclusion, and competition, God’s hopeful vision is one of generosity, radical hospitality, and concern for the most vulnerable.  

Friends, in these unsettling days, we can embody God’s wild hope by how we care for the at-risk population in our community and beyond.  It is an important time to be asking if anyone needs groceries delivered, meds picked up, children cared for, or just someone to talk to.

It is also especially important for those most at-risk that we do all we can to slow the spread of this virus.  This is why we are not gathering for worship as a large body (as painful as that is). It is also why we are cancelling Assembly gatherings larger than a small group, and why we should all be heeding the important cautions urged on us by public health officials.

The pastoral team is working to offer creative ways we can be a caring and a worshipful community.

May Jesus Christ, healer of the sick and of our fear, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.

— AMC Pastors, March 13, 2020

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