Impact at New Hope Presbyterian Church
New Hope Worship Update
May 6, 2020
Dear New Hope Family,
Our staff and Session met this week to think through a worship plan in light of Governor Holcomb’s relaxing of restrictions on worship gatherings last Friday. We are unanimous in deciding that we will continue to gather online for worship through the month of May with the hope that we will gather in our sanctuary for worship on June 7. At the end of May, we will re-evaluate our hope for June worship given what happens with the pandemic in Indiana in the coming weeks.
Nobody wants to gather for worship in our sanctuary more than I do! I miss you all. But we are a church that has a passion to love God and love our neighbor. Out of this love, we’ve chosen to move slowly to resume worshipping together. We know our online worship experience continues to be very positive. People near and far are constantly thanking me for what our worship team is doing on Sundays and tell me how meaningful it has been for them in these bizarre times. Since our online Sunday presence has been so meaningful, it gives us the luxury of slowly working toward being together in the sanctuary. Being respectful of the well-being of our people is how we can love God and neighbor right now.
In the meantime, as I said last Sunday, while the New Hope church building remains closed, New Hope church is still open! God has placed you at home and on your street for a reason. Seek ways to serve your family and your neighbors in these days. Join me, too, in reaching out to 3-5 New Hope people or families each week simply to check-in and offer support and prayer.
In the coming weeks, I’ll work with staff and church leaders to prepare our building and sanctuary for the day when we will be together again for worship. We will be putting procedures in place to respect things like social distancing and cleanliness. Know, too, that even when we resume being together for worship on Sundays, our online-worship presence will continue for those who are reluctant to return to in-person worship during the pandemic.
Finally, please join me in prayer for our world in these challenging days. Here is a place to start:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear …” Psalm 46:1-2
Thanks for the joy of being part of the New Hope family with me,