I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
Paul wrote to the church in Philippians of his gratitude for their sharing in the work of the Gospel. Likewise, each day I thank our God for your sharing the Gospel. Of course, we are all sharing in very different ways than we were six months ago. But you have persevered, remained faithful, and learned new ways to share the Gospel. I am grateful for you.
I am also grateful for all persons in our medical communities who seek to provide healing and care to those who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. Their work is challenging and often risky at times. Given the nature of their healing ministry during these times, I pray for their health and well-being. Certainly, this work is sacrificial.
So that their healing work is honored, and because the Church should not be a party to increasing the spread of COVID-19, churches in the Metro District will not gather in person through Labor Day. This is in line with the practice of most local school districts, which will offer virtual learning through Labor Day. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 data to determine a time when churches may begin to gather for worship in person.
Thank you again for your faithfulness and your patience. I remain deeply grateful that you have discovered new ways to be the Church.