March 20th, 2020
Live Stream will begin at 10:00 am on Sunday. “www.GraceMarshalltown.com/Live“
March 18, 2020
Grace Church Family –
To best love our neighbor, to love and protect our flock and to submit to our governing authorities, Grace Church is now suspending all public gatherings, youth meetings and small groups until further notice. This action is taken in light of the threat posed by the fast spreading COVID-19 virus. In lieu of our normal gathering on Sunday, the Worship service will be carried live on our website, www.gracemtown.com/live beginning at 10:15 AM. If you have trouble with the live stream, please call Ryan Losing (485-1533), our I.T. specialist. The service will also be posted on the website later on Sunday if you are unable to view the live stream.
When Jesus was asked “which is the great commandment in the Law?” His response was, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Which He quotes from Leviticus 19:18!!) On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40) I really believe that these commandments of Love are very relevant for us with all that is going on in our world right now. What is the best way we can Love God and Love our Neighbors in the midst of this pandemic? One very immediate way is for us to be willing to be inconvenienced out of love for our neighbors and to protect those who are weak and vulnerable.
We willingly submit to our governing authorities (Rom. 13:1-10) and pray for them diligently (1 Tim. 2:1-4) as we together face unprecedented times in our country! We encourage you to devote yourselves to time in God’s Word and in Prayer for our leaders, health care workers and all those being affected by the coronavirus. We pray for God to accomplish His will and be glorified in this crisis but to bring an end to it soon!
Though we cannot gather publicly, there are so many ways to “love our neighbors” and express care and compassion by checking in on others by phone or sending notes of encouragement. Some in our church family are already being seriously affected by loss of jobs and financial need. Please continue to faithfully fulfill your commitment to give to Grace Church – whether by sending your check by mail to the office or giving online at www.gracemtown.com/give Our normal financial obligations continue with even greater benevolence needs.
As leaders, we will continue to monitor the situation on a day to day and week to week basis and inform the congregation when we are able to resume our public gatherings. In the meantime: “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of your time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Col. 4:5-6). We will be praying for you all and ask that you pray for us to lead with wisdom during this very strategic time. Please join us Sunday morning as we worship in spirit and in truth.
Much Love in Christ,
Pastor Bob for the Elders
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