Service Cancellation Letter

Good Afternoon our Emmanuel Family,

After initially deciding to continue with our Sunday services, we have decided to close the next two Sundays and assess things on an ongoing basis.

This is not a decision made out of fear or panic, but a decision that aims to best express our love for God and our love for our neighbours. Our mission is to make faith in Jesus live and faith lives in between presumption and despair: presumption puts God to the test and despair doesn’t take His love and power into account. The risk of infection is still very low in our region and we would like to do our part to slow and minimize any spread. The time to modify our behaviour is before it’s obvious that it’s needed. We want to be proactive rather than reactive.

I will still be going in to preach, but to an empty sanctuary. We will both video and audio record the sermon to post online. We will also make audio cds to be distributed to those in our congregation who do not have internet access.

Amidst the push for “social isolation,” we want to ensure we’re staying connected. Click here to view a document that I’ll talk more about in tomorrow’s sermon. It’s a framework for a “holy huddle” in groups of 4 or so. These are meant to be a regular meeting to support and encourage each other. This is a great time to pray about who you could regularly connect with to talk about how you’re doing, listen to God together through His Word, and encourage each other to trust and obey Him. Let me know if you get a group together so I can be sure to check in and support you. Further, feel free to connect with me about what our growth groups are doing if that would interest you. The Kellers and Cressmans are currently leading groups that meet on Sundays.

Amidst all the uncertainty and fear, I want to encourage us all to remember that Christ is our peace. He is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. He is Lord and we do not need to be afraid. But, fear is natural in uncertainty and should you feel afraid, please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Sometimes we need someone else to remind us that all will be well, that all manner of things shall be well. Because, just like every other generation who has weathered difficult and uncertain times before us, we know Christ holds all of us in His hands.

God Bless,

Pastor Paul