As Christians who lead or have led congregations in or near Moore County, our allegiance is to God and God’s Kingdom alone. We are called to live and order our lives in God’s love and grace. We are commanded to serve and glorify God in all we do. 

This season has been a great reminder that living as the body of Christ has never been about physical buildings, but the orientation of our day-to-day lives, guided by the Holy Spirit. Our efforts to grow fully mature in Christ in this time means we prioritize others above ourselves in love through washing hands, wearing masks, keeping distance and staying home. This also means resisting motivations that seek to tear us apart and refraining from gathering prematurely, which increases exposure to the virus.

We grieve that returning to our church buildings, infused with joyful singing, hugs and shared meals, is not realistic at this time. Yet, we humbly embrace the reality and accept that we will be re-entering physical spaces in phases reliant on the Holy Spirit’s guidance and input from experts in the fields of science and health care.

We don’t know when it will be safe to once again gather without reservation. Yet, as in the prophetic tradition, we are called to exchange what we know as “normal” and move forward in new ways inspired by the Holy Spirit. We will discern, together with our congregational and denominational leaders, what a phased, careful re-entry looks like for each of our churches. 

Remember, we are and will always be Easter people. And the practice of resurrection means acknowledging the grief that this pandemic presents, while finding hope in what God is faithfully revealing to transform our hearts, our churches and our world. Grace be with you.

The Rev. Andrew McNair, Rev. Bruce T. Heyvaert, Rev. David Beam, Rev. David Helms, Rev. Debra Gray, Rev. Elizabeth Forester, Rev. Jim Bolyard, Rev. John Hage, Rev. John G. Talk, Rev. Julie Murdoch, Rev. Karen Currie Allen, Rev. Maggie Frampton Beamguard, Pastor Michael Dubbs, Rev. Paul James, Rev. Dr. Paul Greene Murphy, Rev. Rod Stone, Pastor Roger Simmons, Pastor Sandy Min Jae Kim, Rev. Sarah Swandell, Rev. Stephen Becker, Rev. Terry Yasuko Ogawa, Rev. Timothy Hushion, Rev. Todd Davidson, Rev. Dr. Tom Allen and Rev. Tommy Sweeley

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(2) comments

Kent Misegades

John 8:32 tells us “the truth will set you free.” While the truth here was meant as abiding to the word of Jesus Christ, the verse is applicable to recommendations from others concerning the Wuhan flu. There is a mountain of evidence that the risk has been greatly exaggerated and many of these recommendations are simply wrong. For instance the need to clean surfaces and packages. After people have spent a small fortune in disinfectants and paper towels, the same so-called experts who told us this was necessary now say it wasn‘t. It is always prudent to question politicians and unelected bureaucrats, especially when their guidance is illogical, irrational or based on unfounded conjecture, as most of those in this instance are. How can it be a greater risk to sit on a church pew than it is standing in line at a store or sitting in a tap room of a local brewery? Christianity is always attacked first whenever crises are manufactured.

Dan Roman

1) If there is any truth in John 8:32, and thus 2) telling a lie is a sin and 3) Kent considers himself a true Christian (which he has told us repeatedly) then 4) why does Kent lie and exaggerate constantly?

As usual he thinks he knows better than everyone in general and 22 Reverends and 3 Pastors in particular.

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