Considering President Trump’s
guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus, as well as measures
taken by Governor Northam, I’m cancelling Wednesday and this coming Sunday service's as well. We will be livestreaming this
Sunday. Details pertaining to the livestream will be provided soon. After this
coming Sunday, any future cancellations will be made on a week by week basis.
Make no mistake, this was not an easy
decision. After speaking with Bishop Mathena this past Monday night, consulting
with Ray of Hope’s Church Advisory Council, speaking with some of our church
leaders, and speaking with other pastors in our district, it became clear that
it’s the right thing to do at this time. I also participated in a video
conference with eight other pastors, and six of the eight pastors in our
district who are making similar plans, and the other two pastors are still
While personal opinions concerning the Covid-19 virus vary,
it’s important that we adhere to our President, and Governor’s current
mandate to reduce public gatherings to fewer than ten, and for the elderly to
remain at home.
is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no
authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed
will receive condemnation upon themselves.
We are actively monitoring information regarding the Coronavirus as it relates to the health and well-being of our
members and community, and continuing close communication with local health and
government authorities. We are also in constant communication with other local
Having church online is uncharted
territory for Ray of Hope. But we can do it! We are planning to bring Ray of
Hope’s Sunday morning worship service to you online. Be watching your emails,
our website and our social media sites for more information.
As we recalibrate and prepare to meet
crisis needs all over our city, please consider giving generously online at: http://rayofhopeharrisonburg.com/donate
But let us not forget the
truth found in the Word of God:
We know God did not give
us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.
(1 Timothy 1:7)
is the time for the church to show what we’re all about — sharing the Gospel of
Jesus Christ, and demonstrating the love of Christ. So, think of ways to
encourage, pray for, and serve people online. Pray for our world, nation, city,
and church. And, point people to the God who loves them and is in control
through it all. Let’s be the church through this challenging time, come
out stronger than we were before, and bring hope to people around us.
back regularly on our website as we come up with new ideas and opportunities to
make a difference in this season.
We will walk in faith, not
Pastor Bill Marion