Responding not out of fear and anxiety but out of prudence, love of neighbor, and the decision of LCPS to close their facilities (which we use for services), LVBC will not be holding our Sunday morning service this week, March 15.
Church members have been sent more information about upcoming church events and ways we can stay in touch and care for each other during this time. We will continue to update the church as things become clearer concerning the weeks to come (e.g. future services and activities).
In all of this, we are trusting our great God. He is powerful. He owns the universe. R.C. Sproul has said, "If there is one maverick molecule in all the universe, then God is not sovereign. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God." We know God is in control of every molecule, every virus, every living thing in the entire universe. He is sovereign. This is the God we serve. He hasn’t changed in the past few months.
We are also resting in the truth that God loves us and we can trust him. Psalm 46 is a great place to camp out during this time. The psalmist writes, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling." Our God is powerful and sovereign; therefore, we will not fear.
Our whole world is full of anxiety right now. And while concern, medical precaution, and daily restrictions may be right and good right now, panic is not the Christian response to COVID-19. We know the God who is the refuge and strength of his people. We would do well to implement how Psalm 46 ends. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."
We will all be processing these events differently. Some of us will be prone to fear and worry. Some of us will feel unaffected and skeptical. So this is a great time to show patience and grace to each other, seeking to put the interests of others above our own. This is a time to pray for one another, to seek the health and protection of those close to us (especially the vulnerable), and to extend care to our church and our community.
In all things, Jesus is the same--yesterday, today, and forever.