Notice re: Corona Virus

In response to the Covid-19 the Session (elders and ministers) of First Church have come to the decision that Sunday services and all congregational activities and gatherings  be suspended until further notice.

We came across a quote from Martin Luther that seems quite apt at this point in time – its from a letter he wrote to the Rev. Dr. John Hess entitled “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.  Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.  I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.  If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.  If my neighbor needs me however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above.  See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.

Wise words, we think, worthy of reflection.

Prayer is more important than ever during this time.  We know that this isn’t the same as praying together in person but God will hear our prayers no matter what form they take.

Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we run the race. We can trust He will guide us through this time.