No services until April 5

Dear saints,

John and I have decided to postpone services at Trinity until April 5th. Rest assured that we have made this decision in faith, not fear, after much prayer and discussion with the deacons. The Presiding Ministers of our denomination have also collectively advised all churches to abide by the recommendations of their local governments.

As many of you know, our state government has recommended that gatherings of 50 or more be avoided for the time being. We believe that this is prudent counsel in light of the circumstances, and so we will abide by it for the next two weeks. At that time we will reassess the situation and respond accordingly.

For the next two Lord’s Days, we will be live-streaming an abbreviated service at our normal worship time of 10:45 a.m. We are still working out the details of all that will be entailed in the service, and will keep you posted.

If you have any shepherding needs that arise during this time, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have any questions or concerns, please send them our way. We love you all, and are praying for the Lord’s protection over our congregation and communities. Ask the Lord to lead many to repentance during this sobering time, as the entire world is confronted with God’s just judgment against sin. Continue to confess your own sins to God and each other, in all humility.

We eagerly await the opportunity to worship and commune with you all again, by God’s grace. May this time apart help us to better appreciate what a great blessing our Lord has given us in corporate worship. Until the Lord gathers us together again, hold fast to Christ, and do not be afraid. Believe God’s promise:

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39

Amen.

With love,
Nate and John

Roman Catholicism: Antithesis and Synthesis

Pastor Nate Harlan talks about another difference between Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism — Roman Catholics emphasize synthesis of a number of conflicting views for the sake of unity. The Reformers emphasize antithesis between views that are true or false.

Listen above or download the audio file here.