The CDC’s latest guidelines state that fully vaccinated persons can participate in large gatherings (outdoors and indoors) without a mask or face covering. The guidance also states that those not yet vaccinated should continue to wear a mask and practice appropriate physical distance. This is welcomed news and indicative of a positive trend in our collective efforts to curb the spread of this deadly virus. We ask each member of Living Word to continue to do their part to curb the spread of COVID-19.
So, what does this mean for us at Living Word?
1. Masks will no longer be required in the worship space for those fully vaccinated.
2. For those not yet fully vaccinated masks will continue to be required. Of course, there is no way to know if someone has been vaccinated or not. We will rely on the honor system as we navigate our way through this process.
3. Those with underlying health concerns or compromised immunity should continue to wear a mask. As well as people who desire to continue to wear a mask, should continue to do so.
4. We are not called to police behavior, but we are called to walk in love towards one another. In that spirit, WE ask all members and worshipping guests alike, to walk in love and compassion towards one another.
• We still have people within our community who are vulnerable.
• We still have people within our community who are immune compromised.
• Scripture admonishes us, “As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone and love the family of believers. (I Peter 2:16). The Apostle Paul's writing to Christians in Corinth admonishes them to use their freedom in Christ wisely. He writes, (I’m paraphrasing), “eating meat maybe your right…but if eating meat causes your neighbor to stumble, than you should refrain from eating meat for the sake of your neighbor. Take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling-block to the weak.”
• Our actions and behaviors should be guided by a simple metric: love of God and love of others.
5. Your pastors will continue to wear a mask for the foreseeable future.
In closing, WE thank you for your unwavering dedication to the ministries of Living Word during these difficult months. Even during this pandemic, Living Word continues to proclaim the gospel, and support our partners here and around the world.