March 15, 2020
Dear NSAC Family and Friends:
The elders, in consultation with the governing board, have taken the unusual step to suspend our public worship services for two weeks to cooperate with the steps being taken in the public sector to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The decision was a difficult one. Hebrews reminds us not to forsake gathering together. Worship lies at the heart of Christian experience.
During our discussion one elder reminded us that God has sometimes used plagues to reprimand his people. I am not suggesting that is the case now, nor was he. The point he was making is that God’s people responded by calling out to God in worship and prayer. Of course, that is made more difficult by our decision to suspend services. Nonetheless, I do want to remind you of the importance of prayer and worship in times of distress and uncertainty.
We do not only believe that Christ is Our Healer. We also affirm his total sovereignty and that he is the One who grants and sustains life from the beginning. He sustains all of creation. The emergence of COVID-19 did not come as a surprise to Him. In Colossians 1:16-18, Paul writes, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”
Last week we announced the steps North Springs was taking to mitigate the risk of infection. Because the circumstances have been fluid, we reluctantly concluded it would be prudent to suspend our service temporarily. Our initial communication included the now familiar instruction concerning frequent hand washing, social distancing, etc. But it is significant that in addition to these commonsense steps, President Trump decided also called for a National Day of Prayer. Unlike other occasions, I have heard no one criticize that call. Times of crises reveal our vulnerabilities. They penetrate illusive walls of self-sufficiency and they open opportunities for believers to both exhibit and testify to the faithfulness of our Lord. Let’s join the rest of our country in prayer. God is especially responsive to the prayers of his people. It is one small way for us to be salt and light as we also seek to serve those who are ill or in need.
Let’s ask God for his mercy. Boldly ask the Lord to extend grace and to end the spread of this potentially deadly disease quickly. Intercede for those who are ill. Psalm 41:3 assures us that God will sustain us in our day of trouble. David writes, “The LORD sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.”
As they were preparing for a desperate battle, Oliver Cromwell is credited with telling his soldiers to “trust in God and keep your powder dry.” That seems like good advice. We are trying to keep our powder dry. We have taken necessary precautions and we urge you to do so as well. Protect yourself and those you love but also remember that we are to love others in the same fashion. If there is something you can do to protect or assist others who may be at greater risk than you are personally, honor the Lord by doing so. While doing so, prayerfully and carefully place your confidence in Jesus. He is the only One capable for fully protecting us and raising us up to continue our ministry in Colorado Springs.
Pastor Dan Wetzel