Dear Celebration Family,
March 15 marked the last time we gathered together for worship in person…7 weeks ago. Since then, we have fully shifted to online worship and virtual fellowship gatherings…from happy hour, to trivia, to the Netflix watch party happening this Wednesday).
From the outset, please know you are genuinely missed and I truly yearn for the day in which we can gather together again.
As I mentioned on Sunday, we talk a lot about how the church is more than a building, but I also have come to recognize there is something deeply life-giving about worshipping together in person.
However, for the continued future we will remain worshipping online only. Although Governor Abbott has granted churches the ability to gather together again, the reality for Harris county calls for us to pause in doing so.
Our synodical leaders have put together a helpful document to help guide us in when we can gather again. You can find that letter here.
This outline works alongside the document “Guidelines for Opening Up America Again” which was released on April 16th.
The ministry team continues to meet weekly to plan for our current reality while still dreaming for the future. We are working on the necessary plans for what worship will look like when we gather together again. This will happen in phases as outlined by the synod’s recommendations.
Our current reality has resulted in significant changes. Many have been furloughed or lost their jobs entirely. Some have lost loved ones and are forced to delay funerals and memorial services. Some are spending more time than they ever imagined with their loved ones.
Please know you are not alone in this journey. I genuinely believe we are at our best when we are the church together. Lean on your loved ones. Lean on your church family. Lean on your faith in a God who never abandons you and will always walk alongside you.
As Pastor Chris concluded in his sermon on Sunday, “The God of the universe has chosen to enter our humanity and accompany us through all the hills and valleys of life. And this God has overcome death and the grave. It’s what Easter is all about. And it’s what makes the shepherd good.”
God’s grace and peace be with you all,
Pastor Ryan Dockery