Note from Pastor Bobby
I read Psalm 46 this past Sunday to start our worship service. I would like you to take a few moments to allow your thinking to marinate in verses one to three:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling."
Remember the word therefore. That word is strategically placed to demonstrate the relationship of what comes after it to what came before it. What comes before it is the statement that God is our refuge, strength, and present help in times of trouble. The statement that comes after it is that we will not be afraid. The psalmist is saying that in light of the fact that God is our refuge and strength, we will not be fearful. We will not be afraid because there is no reason to fear when we understand that God is our shelter and protection from danger.
If we were to apply these verses to the current challenge facing our country and the world, we could read them like this:
God is our shelter and protection from danger, he is present to help us in the midst of the corona virus pandemic. 2 Therefore we will not fear even when the infection rates climb and numerous uncertainties lie ahead.
What a great comfort these words provide for those who follow Christ. We do not know the outcome of this grave challenge, but we can benefit much by applying verse 10: "Be still, and know that I am God." I am praying that we will not be fearful. I am praying that we will rest in His arms, be still and know that He is God.
Our Health Response Team at Southgate continues to work through this challenge. Our Pastor-Elder team has also discussed action steps. The two biggest challenges are how quickly the situation changes and keeping up with the latest instructions from the CDC, the White House, and the State Governor's office. To say that our responses have been fluid, would be accurate.
Since the most recent developments limit group meeting sizes to 10 people, and restaurants have closed their doors to meals inside their facilities, Southgate will suspend Sunday morning worship services for at least the next four weeks. We will reassess the situation after Easter and then communicate that information to you directly.
We will still offer the Sunday service online through our LiveStream broadcast. In addition to that, we will have a Good Friday service online too (More details on that later). You can click the button below to watch our live stream of the service!
Suspension of Church Ministries
We are using the word suspension instead of cancel as these ministries will resume once the pandemic has faded. So, for the next few weeks the following ministries at Southgate are suspended. There will be no...
Sunday Morning Services onsite in the Building*
- Equip-U, Children's Sunday School, Middle School Classes or Youth D-Groups
- AWANA, Biz-Basics, or Wednesday night Youth Ministries
- Community Groups
- Cory's Tumbling Classes
- Women's Bible Studies
- 50th Anniversary Weekend Banquet
- Good Friday Service onsite in the Building*
- Easter Sunday Service onsite in the Building*
*these services will be available online
Continuation of Worship through Giving
One of the elements of corporate worship is the opportunity to give our financial gifts to the Lord. For many, this sacred discipline is done on Sunday as the offering plate is passed. For others, it is done online or through direct deposits. Regardless of the method of giving, it is still an act of worship as we demonstrate our obedience, our dependence, and our thankfulness to the Lord for His provision for us.
Through this period of suspended Sunday services, I want to encourage you to continue to express your worship though giving in ways that maybe you have not done before.
If you would still like to do this online giving as an act of worship in the Sunday service, we have built an offering time into the LiveStream. We will draw your attention to that on Sunday morning during the LiveStream. Click the button below to be taken to our online giving page!