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October 17: Sunday Worship Services
Worshiping Together Safely (update May 28, 2021)
Dear Chapel Family,
I ended my last note with these words: I pray that our resolve to continue worshiping together will only grow as we embrace what Jesus wants to do next. I want to provide another update to help us continue strengthening that resolve.
Beginning today, May 28, all distancing and capacity restrictions in the state of Virginia have been eased. In light of these updates, here’s how we will apply our five biblical principles that have shaped our gatherings as we move into this next season.
1. Honor the governing authorities (Romans 13:1)
As a reminder, masks are no longer required but still recommended in certain circumstances. New this Sunday, every row in the balcony and mezzanine will be available.
2. Outdo each other in showing honor (Romans 10:12)
However we come to worship on Sunday, let’s remember the Apostle Paul’s command in Romans 15:7 — “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” This is the Apostle’s concluding command to his teaching in Romans 14, where he instructs believers “not to quarrel over opinions” (14:1) and not to pass judgment on one another (14:13).
3. Care for the vulnerable in our community (Psalm 41:1)
- We will keep the extra space between the rows of chairs on the main floor of our Worship Room. Staff members will be ready to put on a mask when interacting with anyone wearing a mask or any time it’s requested.
- We look forward to hosting another Popsicles and Praise this Tuesday at 6pm under the tent to help our children continue worshiping in a way that directly engages them.
- We will resume our Chapel Family Picnics on June 8 at 6:30pm to encourage us all to move from a place of isolation into community and fellowship.
4. Meet people wherever they are spiritually and physically (First Corinthians 9:22)
We are committed to worshipping together inside, outside, and online at least through the summer. As a reminder, beginning June 13, our outdoor service will take place an 9am and our indoor service will take place at 11am. Both services will continue to be streamed and our condensed online service is available anytime.
5. Honor the intergenerational character of our church (Philippians 2:3)
I was moved this past Sunday during our outdoor service to see a group of children leading our intergenerational family of faith in worship with music and hand motions. This Sunday I look forward to welcoming one of our elders, Gary Bruce, Captain, US Coast Guard, Ret., to lead us in prayer as we commemorate Memorial Day. These snapshots make it clear that worshiping across generations sharpens us all.
During the next two weeks we will finish our Annual Focus, Fix Our Eyes, by looking at the Challenge of Jesus. As we move into our summer series, Re-Cover, we will focus on the theme of recovery across the story of the Bible. My prayer for the summer is that we will shift from contending with a crisis to receiving the recovery Jesus wants to bring about in our midst. Receiving Jesus’ recovery will require us to more deeply embrace the command of Hebrews 12:2 — “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
See you Sunday – inside, outside, and online,