These are unprecedented times. As such, we have been called to take unprecedented action. After much prayer, and many efforts to seek wisdom and council, the elders of Westmount Bible Chapel have decided to suspend our weekly gathering on the Lord’s Day. This was certainly not an easy decision, but it is one that we recognize is in the best interest of our neighbours who might be more vulnerable to the virus. As well, this decision is in accordance with the recent emergency government order on public gatherings during this pandemic.
Information, circumstances, and lives are changing by the day, and often, by the hour. Many are wrestling with fears and uncertainties during this time. Yet, anxious fears and global upheaval are nothing new. Even more, as followers of Christ, we understand that we do not live by fear of the unknown, but with hope in the One who we do know. We do not know what tomorrow will bring, but we do know the One who is sovereign over it. Jesus reminded His anxious followers how much their heavenly Father loved and cared for them (Matthew 6:25-34). Later, he would remind his fearful followers not to fear that which only affects the body, but to fear the one who has power over both body and soul (Matthew 10:28-31). Whether Covid-19 affects our body or not, the virus cannot touch our souls. Not in Christ. That is our hope. That is our peace.
God willing, we will gather again in the future. For now, let me encourage you to other ways to worship and fellowship in the name of the King. Pray. Pick up the phone and provide the peace of Christ to another. Find a message on our website from a Sunday that you missed. Redeem the time, while we still have time, to focus any unsettled thoughts on the great love, mercy and sovereignty of our God. No matter what, He is good. And His steadfast love endures forever.
In His hand,