RSVP for Weekend Worship
As you plan to rejoin us for in-person worship gatherings, we want to keep you informed of what to expect. Our goal is to create a worshipful environment that maintains good safety standards. We will have two worship options, both designed with your safety in mind:
- 9:00 – indoor
- 10:30 – indoor
While I recognize there are many issues at hand (medical, scientific, economic, legal, religious liberty, etc.), I believe as Christians our first response should always be biblical in nature. This is a responsibility that uniquely belongs to the church, not the government. This is also our unique witness to the community – modeling for non-believers how Christ-followers handle themselves in moments of stress and disagreement.
Below you will find guidelines that you may or may not agree with for a variety of reasons (legal, personal rights, science). As your senior pastor, I want to share a few passages that should guide our thinking as we have to adjust our behavior to changing realities in a tense environment.
Biblical Principles to Guide Christ-Followers
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us”. – 1 Peter 2:12
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” – Colossians 3:12-15
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:5-6
“Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.” – Romans 14:19-21
Guidelines for In-Person Worship
As you might you know, Douglas County has been granted two variances from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. According to the Governor’s office, it is these guidelines that we fall under. The following guidelines represent the most current information from the Colorado Department of Health and, in many places, we use their language (view the church variance or the large gathering variance).
I believe it is our responsibility to meet and exceed what our health officials are requiring for safely returning to in-person worship. For example, the new guidelines allow for churches to resume at 50% of their capacity. We are not doing that. We are capping our attendance at 100 people per service, which represents approximately 25% of our capacity.
What we most desire to do is what Jesus asked of his church: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
The guidelines we are asking you to follow are only temporary. I recognize not everyone will agree with the medical, scientific, or legal reasonings for certain guidelines. As a Christian, what I’m most interested in is modeling the spirit of Christ to our community. For the sake of Christian unity and our witness to the community, I’m asking you approach them with humility, deference to others, and as opportunity to bring glory to God.
– Pastor Ken Hensley