Dear Members and Friends of Virtue Church,
Although I am new to the position of interim pastor here, I feel a great kinship with those of you whom I have met and a keen pastoral responsibility for those I have yet to meet. That is why I feel it incumbent upon me to share with you some thoughts regarding the difficulties we currently face.
As you all know, Presbytery and Session have decided to curtail worship for at least two Sundays. This we do, not out of panic or fear but out of concern for the common health and well being of the community in which we live…and even beyond. According Christ, ours is a mission built on the word ‘GO’ (“go ye therefore unto all the earth…”) and we must heed His calling. We have not, however, been told to go forth and infect others or be infected by them. Perhaps this time of separation should be, for us, a time of introspection, prayer, and re-evaluation as we look forward to the day when the ‘all clear’ is sounded and we can be back about the mission to which we have been called.
Trying as these times are, they pale in significance when compared to the peril of the lost condition of so many souls right here within the shadow of the church. For those of us in Christ there is no eternal peril, for as Paul has said, “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” In this quiet time of separation, let us contemplate – even if for just a moment or two – the eternal peril of souls apart from the grace of Christ. Among them are, no doubt, friends, neighbors, and maybe even family members. Could any of us go forth into eternity comfortably, knowing that one dear to us will not share in that felicity and joy?!
As we face this time of national awareness and emergency, let us remember the words of Romans 8:28 (MEV): “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Ah, dear ones, Christ WILL see us through this time of crisis and through it prepare our community all the more for the spreading of His Holy Word.
His, Because of Calvary,
David L. Koopman