Christ Church Ann Arbor | Update on Public Worship
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Update on Public Worship

Dear Christ Church Family,

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” No doubt all of us are feeling the burden of this global pandemic and the drastic measures state and national government are taking to slow the spread. Thankfully, we have a place where we can find rest, that place is the presence of our Savior and King.

I wanted to share a few updates regarding public worship at this time.

1. After reviewing the current situation, the session has decided it would be prudent to extend the suspension of public worship through the end of April in order to remain compliant with state and federal recommendations.

Again, this is a sorrowful thing, and no doubt you miss the gathering of God’s people to worship and rejoice in His ordinary means of grace in Word and Sacrament, but we know our Lord is in control and sovereign over all things. One day, hopefully soon, we will meet together again.

2. Some have asked about the giving of tithes and offerings. At this time, the only way we have to receive this is through online giving, which can be done on the church website. If you are uncomfortable with online giving, my recommendation is to wait until we gather again in person. I can say it is a great blessing to see how many want to continue to worship through their resources. Your faithfulness is an encouragement!

3. I want to encourage you to continue to check on each other, pray for one another, and offer help if needed. Please let the session know how we can be praying for you specifically during this time. Also, please reach out to the deacons if you have physical or financial needs.

I also wanted to share a few resources that may be a blessing to you at this time:

1. Ligonier Connect is offering all of its courses free online. These are taught by the late Dr. R.C. Sproul and other Ligonier teaching fellows.

2. Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, is calling for a day of fasting and prayer this Friday for those who wish to participate. You can find more information about this here.

In closing, as I am sure you are aware, this Sunday is Easter. While it is certainly sorrowful we cannot gather in person, we can rejoice that our Savior has risen indeed. I will be sending a new family worship guide for this Sunday, and we will continue with our online, live streaming word of exhortation.

Know I am praying for all of you and I miss being able to see you in person!

May the peace of our Risen Savior be with you all,

Pastor Jeremy
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