Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, offered valuable medical guidance for faith communities in an interview for Christianity Today. His wise advice, that we as a church should continue to follow wholeheartedly, can be summarized as follows:
"So my, my message—if I was talking to your congregants—would be number one, we can turn this thing around in three to four weeks, by doing three simple things:
Dr. Adams candidly admitted that "the hard one is watching your distance, because there's some details in there that are important, and that includes not having large gatherings… and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people and maintaining six feet of distance from others. It sounds simple—but truly that's what we need to do and the reward that you get on the back end, if we do that, we can turn around our rates in three to four weeks, to be able to open schools, to get back to worship."
In conclusion, Surgeon General Adams offers further advice on church gatherings:
In spite of the concerning growth of COVID cases in Florida, we plan to continue meeting in person as long as we are able to follow Dr. Adam's advice or until we receive new instructions from local officials. As a reminder, these were the instructions we sent when we decided to reopen for in-person services back in June:
Like everything we do as a church, we want to act during this crisis in ways that demonstrate our love for one another and that glorify our Lord and Savior.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you this Sunday, and for those prevented from joining us in-person, please continue to watch our service on Facebook Live and YouTube.
As we were prevented from assembling together as a body, we found new ways to keep our church together even when physically apart. Since most of the members of our praise team are at the higher risk group for COVID-19, two of our musicians put together these recordings for our Facebook Live streaming. Enjoy!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22,23 (ESV)
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2b)
No one is like you, LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power (Jeremiah 10:6)
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:15)
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
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