As a precautionary measure to protect the health of our congregation and community, we will only have worship ONLINE this weekend. A simpler service is being produced today and will be available online tomorrow by clicking on the following link and then clicking on the most recent message: https://video.ibm.com/channel/community-covenant-church
Over the past week, we have been following the news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly as the first cases of the virus appeared here in the Kansas City Metro. In the last 36 hours, we’ve seen a whirlwind of announcements about the virus including Johnson County Commission Chairman, Ed Eilert, and the governor of Kansas declaring states of emergency and calling for limits on large group gatherings.
As of Friday morning, we’d anticipated holding worship this weekend. We spent the last few days working to create the safest environment possible for worship and Sunday School.
Things changed rapidly on Friday. As the day progressed and following extensive conversations last evening and this morning, our view (Leadership Team) changed. After consulting government and medical advisers, through prayer and continued conversation, with input from staff and the Leadership Team, we made the call to suspend live worship services and offer worship online only this weekend. We will take the week to do a deep cleaning of our facility and we will evaluate where to go from here.
We have struggled with this decision, thinking about the people for whom worship is a lifeline – a time that offers community connection, not just singing, praying and a good sermon. And we know that in times of crisis, we need our community more than ever. This was weighed against the concern for the safety and health of our members, staff and our broader community. This decision was not made out of fear, but out of love. We have a responsibility to help minimize the spread of the virus while at the same time recognizing the church is more than a building and a worship service, but is the people of Christ, ready to minister to each other and serve a world that is hurting.
Tomorrow, we will worship by gathering in our homes and participating in online services. In our service we will be speaking to and praying about what is happening during these days, and continue our study of the life of David – who also lived through some trying times, yet worshiped God in the midst of them. But then what? We can also be the church in our community and world by checking on your neighbors who might be vulnerable to the virus. Perhaps offer to make a store run for them; help provide meals to kids who are missing out on the free or reduced meals that they rely on at school; and continue to be in prayer for our world as we journey this uncharted territory.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Pastor David McCowan and Leadership Team