June 5, 2020 Update
Greetings Alliance Bible Church,
The last time we were able to gather together for worship was March 8. It’s been nearly three months; a quarter of a year since we participated together in corporate worship.
I’m thrilled to let you know, we’re making moves to reopen ABC! It would be difficult to overestimate the number of conversations I’ve had with elders, staff, other pastors, denominational leaders, and community leaders about the topic of reopening. Hours and hours have been spent on this.
Boil it all down, here’s what we’re committed to: 1) Providing you with options 2) Putting decision-making in your lap.
Now, I recognize that for very good reasons, some of you won’t be able to join us for some time. That’s OK. I don’t want you to feel guilty about that at all. We will miss you greatly. Take good care of yourself and we’ll pray the Lord makes it so you can join us soon. We’re going to keep offering online worship services for as long as we need to.
I also recognize there may be a substantial number of you who haven’t had much social contact with anyone outside your family for the past three months. Rather than jumping into worship with a larger group right away, we’re going to try something.
In Acts 2, we’re told the Lord added to the church in Jerusalem 3000 people in a single day. Three thousand people were added to the church in Jerusalem in one day!
Here’s the problem: there isn’t a building big enough in Jerusalem to house 3000 people. So how did they gather for worship each Sunday? In homes. They formed “house churches.”
We’re calling June 7 and June 14 “House Church Sunday.” As we begin to transition back to church on Sunday mornings, this is one option you can take. Gather with others in a home watch and participate in the online worship service. Who you gather with and which home you gather in is up to you. Dip your feet in the water; June 7, 14 – House Church Sunday.
I know what you’re thinking: what about June 21st? June 21st, as things stand right now, is “Back to Church Sunday”, but I’ll say more about that next week.
For the next couple of Sundays, find some friends, find a home, and worship and fellowship together.
Journeying with you,