COVID-19 // Update
In light of this morning’s ruling by Governor Inslee, we (Staff and Elders) are reaching out to provide guidance, clarity, and direction regarding our Sunday morning gatherings and Life Groups.
It is important that we do not make decisions based purely out of fear, but rather in wisdom, concern and care for our church. We fully respect and want to honor the brilliant men and women who have been tasked with making difficult decisions concerning our safety and well-being. As we are reminded in Scripture: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” (Rom. 13:1). Not only are we admonished to obey the government, we are also instructed to pray for our leaders. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way" (1 Tim. 2.1-2).
According to the advice of city officials, we will not meet again this Sunday, March 15.
We will be making decisions around our gatherings on a week-by-week basis.
How to Have Church When We Can’t “Have Church"
You will receive an email this Saturday evening that will have a link connecting you to our complete worship service that you can participate in at home. Our leaders will be filming all pieces of our normal Sunday service, including a welcome, call to worship, singing, sermon and communion. The word “liturgy” literally means “the work of the people.” Our entire church will be full immersed in “liturgy” this Sunday. If you are able to prepare in advance, we encourage you and your families to join us in purchasing communion supplies ahead of time. Additionally, there will be a link for parents that would like to take advantage of our Redemption Kids curriculum! Parents, if you have any questions about activities and lessons you can do with your children, please email Kelly Bone.
Serving the City
Although it is easy for us to feel consumed by the trials and worries that this virus continues to bring with it, we want to keep our vision before us as we are a community striving to be faithfully present to God, ourselves, and others. In being faithfully present to others, we want to address the practical needs of our community and those around us.
Due to today’s announcement of public schools closing, Redemption is looking to partner with other churches and seek to offer assistance with childcare for those who have parents unable to stay home with them during school shutdown, starting on Monday. Any opportunities to volunteer or serve in this regard will be made known in the days to come.
We are seeking the needs of our Mary’s Place family, and will reach out again with further information on how to serve them.
For the elderly and compromised in health of our church taking additional steps of caution due to this virus, we want to serve our own; if you fall into one of these categories, please contact a member of our staff with how we can serve you (food, errands, etc.). I would also encourage each of us, as we are capable, to remember to check in and serve our next-door neighbors in our communities with similar concerns.
As Jesus’ Church, let’s aim to practice gratitude and be quick to serve those around us.
Our leaders are available if you are wanting to talk through any of your questions or concerns. Please reach out to any member of our staff as needs surface, and let us know how we can love and support you all as best we can in the days and weeks to come:
Alex Early, Lead Pastor
Daniel Folgado, Director of Worship
If you know of newer people who have been coming to Redemption lately, could you help us spread the word about how we’re navigating these waters? That would be so helpful!
Lastly, if you are not sure as to how to pray for those in leadership, here is a good example from the Book of Common Prayer:
Almighty God our heavenly Father, send down upon those who hold office in this State (Seattle) the spirit of wisdom, charity, and justice; that with steadfast purpose they may faithfully serve in their offices to promote the well-being of all people; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.