Dear Redeemer Family:
“Unprecedented Times” does not begin to describe these past four months. Covid-19, racial unrest, political tensions, and a Sarahan dust storm. I am thankful for Jesus’ words: “Let not your hearts be troubled…Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:1,27). I strongly encourage you to read the entire chapter of John 14.
In the midst of this resurgence of the coronavirus in Jacksonville, your leadership at Redeemer has decided to remain in our Phase-1 until further notice. As more and more people become contagious and sick, we desire to be a safe place, where the infection will not be spread. Masks will continue to be expected for all who attend, and they are expected to be worn during the service. We will continue to practice social distancing. Communion will be celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month (this Sunday) in the same manner as previous weeks: consecrated bread can be picked up either before church or after if you are able to attend.
We are prepared to pivot should things get better, or worse. Should it become necessary to cease meeting together, or should we receive guidance from our Diocesan or National ACNA leadership, we are prepared to make the appropriate changes. Please continue to pray for our civic and Anglican leaders to guide us with the Lord’s wisdom and direction, and please continue to pray for all those affected by this virus.
Your Redeemer leadership strongly encourages anyone in the most-vulnerable population, and anyone still feeling anxious about being in public, to continue to worship from home through our Facebook live broadcasts.
Please know that I regularly pray for you, and I am so thankful for your prayers for me and my family. Kim and I will be on vacation starting this Sunday afternoon (after church), through Sunday afternoon July 26.
May God’s peace which surpasses all human understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!