An update from Pastor Ryan

Dear Church Family,

We find ourselves in a challenging moment and yet uplifted by one stalwart Christian truth. Our God is sovereign. A.W Pink writes “Divine sovereignty means that God is God in fact, as well as in name, that He is on the Throne of the universe, directing all things, working all things ‘after the council of his own will’ (Eph 1:11).”  Since our God is sovereign, this pandemic may interrupt what we know to be normal life, but this is not an interruption of God’s great plan. As news related to COVID-19 continues to break, we may know that all things are subject to and fall under the hand of a good, just, and sovereign God.

With this encouragement in mind, we may know peace in these circumstances. Afterall, God’s word encourages “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

While trust in our sovereign God affords us peace in challenging times, we also want to be wise and loving. After much prayer and discussion and in view of the very serious cautions and directives given by the federal and state government, our leadership believes we must honor the experts and love others by cancelling all gatherings until further notice.

MOVING FORWARD:

Digital Gatherings: Throughout the time we’re unable to physically meet, we do, want to leverage technology to encourage one another in the Lord. On Sunday mornings at 10am, we invite you to log into a Zoom Conference Call at CornerstoneNorthShore.org/live.

–       While this will not intend to reproduce Sunday morning corporate worship, this will be a chance to gather for an online devotional, prayer time, and discussion.

–       This will be a casual setting. Please feel free to sing praise songs in your home before or after. Click HERE for a Spotify playlist of songs we regularly sing on Sunday mornings.

–       Expect the gathering to take about 30-45 minutes.

   In addition, we also intend to hold a Zoom prayer meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm. We welcome you to log on for a time of prayer.

My prayer is that God might use this time for his own glory by helping us each see our need for Christ and allowing us the time to draw near to God.

If you have any needs or special concerns, please let us know! The church is here to support and to serve (Ryan@CornerstoneNorthShore.org / Office@CornerstoneNorthShore.org)

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Ryan