April 30, 2020 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Like most of you, I'm monitoring the situation in Dallas and what the recent decree from our governor means for our church community. After consulting with our leadership team and Session, we've decided to keep the church building closed throughout the month of May as we continue to stay informed of the best way to keep our staff and community healthy and safe. We will keep you updated as thing progress in Dallas, but for now, we all believe this is the best and safest course of action. We'll continue to worship online and provide you with ways to engage digitally!
Beginning this Sunday, we will celebrate communion together digitally on the first Sunday of every month at our 10 a.m. service, and every Sunday at Worship at Five. While it will not be the same as gathering together in the Sanctuary and in Founders Hall, I believe the promise is still the same. I pray that coming to the table will help orient you to the divine rhythm already pulsing through your life.
Last Sunday, we kicked off our new sermon series, “Lessons from the Wilderness.” As we are learning, life in the wilderness can be disorienting, scary, unknown, exciting, reinvigorating, and chaotic.
We aren’t the first to journey wilderness seasons. I believe there is much to learn about how God only journeys with us through the wilderness, but the lessons we learn along the way. It is far too soon to know which lessons this wilderness season is teaching us, but I believe by looking back and turning to the stories of those in scripture, we can learn how to seek to walk these days.
Last week’s lesson was about finding order in the midst of chaos. I cannot count the number of times over the last several weeks when people have remarked they have been on more Zoom calls than they can count or asked what day of the week it is.
The wilderness can feel disorienting, chaotic, and endless. But, our faith provides ways to orient our lives to the deeper rhythms of the divine. It’s why we come together for corporate worship, prayer, study, and fellowship. It is why we gather as a community to celebrate the sacraments so that our lives will be re-ordered to the realities and promise of God being present in every aspect of our lives.
Several of you have inquired about our 11 am broadcast on WRR, and whether it will continue through this season. Our Sunday morning broadcast is underwritten and is here to stay. We recognize it as a vital outreach of the church, delivering Spirit-filled worship and music throughout North Dallas.
Finally, I want to share some exciting news with you! Because of your faithfulness and generosity, we have given more than $40,000 to our partner organizations in Dallas and have been able to aide those who need it most. Additionally, nearly $10,000 has was collected to help establish a housing fund with our partners at Cornerstone Baptist Church to ensure families in the Fair Park neighborhood can pay rent during this season. Generosity is in our DNA as a community, and I’m grateful for the many ways you continue to give of your time and resources!
I look forward to “seeing you” this Sunday!
Love and light to you.
With great hope,