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Worshiping Together: COVID-19 Update

Worshiping Together: COVID-19 Update

by Travis Simone on May 15, 2021


Dear Chapel family, 

Five years from now, if someone asks the question, what did you do during the 2020-21 coronavirus pandemic? My prayer is we can all answer, “we worshiped together.” Whether it was inside, outside or online, we continued worshiping together. In order to worship faithfully and prudently, our gatherings have been shaped by five biblical principles: 

  1. Honor the governing authorities (Romans 13:1) 
  2. Outdo each other in showing honor (Romans 10:12) 
  3. Care for the vulnerable in our community (Psalm 41:1) 
  4. Meet people wherever they are spiritually and physically
    (1 Corinthians 9:22) 
  5. Honor the intergenerational character of our church (Philippians 2:3)

Yesterday evening, the governor of Virginia announced changes to his previous executive order.  In light of these changes, here is how we will apply our biblical principles for tomorrow’s services: 

1. Honor the governing authorities (Romans 13:1) 

2. Outdo each other in showing honor (Romans 10:12) 

  • We will hold everyone in high esteem. Even as we have differing opinions regarding how to approach the next stages of our public health challenges, we remember that we are brothers and sisters, bound together in indissoluble unity in Christ. 

3. Care for the vulnerable in our community (Psalm 41:1)

  • Our outdoor and online worship services remain good opportunities for anyone who requires a more cautious approach to gathering. Inside, our rows of chairs still have extra space between them, and the balcony is open for anyone who desires additional distance. 

4. Meet people wherever they are spiritually and physically (1 Corinthians 9:22)

  • Your presence is a great encouragement to other worshipers. God made us in His image and likeness to be community seeking creatures. Isolation takes a toll on the soul. If you are able, please allow us to meet you physically on the Chapel’s campus. If you are joining online, consider streaming live at 9 or 11am. Our digital pastor, Luke Kincaid, will be ready to chat with you. We will continue to worship together inside, outside, and online — at least through the summer. 

5. Honor the intergenerational character of our church (Philippians 2:3)

  • Tomorrow we will celebrate with our first graders as they receive their very own copy of God’s Word, the Bible. In the midst of all that is going on, God is moving and making new disciples in our midst. Let’s not allow anything to distract us from cheering them on tomorrow. 

Our worship in this season started in living rooms. We worshiped through a “scattered Easter.” We worshiped under a tent, with God’s creation. We worshiped in our cars on the radio, alongside a speaker on the playground, and under the shade of crepe myrtle trees. We worshiped along with the sounds of our organ and smaller choirs. We heard a sermon on the parable of the sower from a farmer’s field and on Jesus calming the storm next to the James River. Whatever the obstacles were, we worshiped together. I pray that our resolve to continue worshiping together will only grow as we embrace what Jesus wants to do next. 

See you Sunday – inside, outside, and online

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Travis Simone
Lead Pastor


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