March 13, 2020, 8:30PM
Dear H2O Church Family,
We are living through a distinct moment in time in our nation’s history that we were not expecting. Above all else, we sense God’s call to pray for His name to be glorified and His people to be protected amid growing uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus.
With new developments and statements issued at the national and state level, as well as at Bowling Green State University, we have made the difficult decision to not gather publicly for worship at our Downtown Venue this Sunday, March 15th. In its place, we will be live-streaming our worship and teaching at 10:30am at (youtube.com/h2ochurchbg). We encourage you to join us virtually as we seek God and experience His peace. Feel the freedom to watch the livestream individually or together with family or small groups.
We value being together. We affirm there is something special about being in a room as a collective group in pursuit of God. Jesus’ followers have been gathering together to worship and be reminded of the beauty of the gospel for centuries. Even more, we believe the church is a family, and so we want to be with one another. Yet we must balance our love for being together with our strong desire to honor Jesus’ words to love our neighbor.
Jesus said the entirety of God’s Law could be summarized in two simple commands: to love God and to love our neighbor. We celebrate and cherish the reality that we can love and worship God wherever we are, including in our living rooms or dorm rooms. In order to love our neighbor in this unique cultural moment, we want to honor the counsel of health experts who have discouraged large public gatherings.
We want to invite you to take three concrete actions during this time:
- Let us know of any needs that arise within our church or community. We want to be the hands and feet of Jesus during these uncertain times. If there is any way we can help, please email us at email@example.com.
- Make the most of this season by slowing down, enjoying extended devotional and prayer times, and practicing Sabbath.
- Stay connected to us online with our new Weekly Rhythms. Beyond giving updates on events, we want to support and encourage you from our online platforms in the days ahead.
We will continue to pray, seek counsel, and keep watch on the developments surrounding this situation. As we do, we will keep you updated and informed on our plans for future gatherings and church activities. We are as committed as ever to loving Jesus, our city, and our campus- even in the face of these challenges. We trust God to make Himself known to us in unique and powerful ways as we walk through the days ahead.
For the glory of God,
Your pastoral team
Bryan, Matt, and Matthew