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|A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR CHAD:|
By God’s grace, after thirteen full weeks Hayward Wesleyan Church is resuming onsite services this weekend!
Weekend Services will be held on:
Saturday @ 6:30pm
This service is BYOLC (Bring Your Own Lawn Chair) and will be held on the lawn to the east of the church. In case of rain the service will be held in the church building. As this service is outside we are able to accommodate as many as wish to attend. During this phase of our ReGathering Plan there will be no HWC Kids Church and no nursery.
Sunday @ 9am & 10:30am
These two services will be identical. Seating in the sanctuary will be limited to 70 people and when those seats are filled we will be directing people to the Main Street Theater where an identical service will be held with live music and a message via video. During this phase of our ReGathering Plan there will be no HWC Kids Church and no nursery.
Online Services will be held at 9am & 10:30am
Online services will continue to gather on our livestream platforms: hwc.church, Facebook and YouTube.
Thank you in advance for grace as we begin to regather at our physical location this weekend. For a season, there will be some necessary adjustments to how we once traditionally gathered for worship. All of this is in an effort to respect and protect the health needs of those gathering alongside us.
We recognize that opinions vary on what guidelines should be in place. Amidst diversity of ideas, please exhibit a spirit of Christlike patience and humility. These are days for the Body of Christ to unite. We have one enemy. It’s the evil one that has come to kill, steal, and destroy. We wage war against that enemy. We unite with all who fight that common opponent.
As we continue to face changes and challenges from the Coronavirus, it is likely that the times of deepest testing for us as a church body still lie ahead. How do we move forward in peace, love, and respect with such a broad spectrum of passionately held opinions on what is right? How can we maintain our witness as loving, mature believers, united by our faith in Christ, while still holding our opinions?
It is important, as we enter this first phase that we revisit Biblical expectations of godly thought and actions.
How do we, as a church body, handle differences?
There is a clear understanding that God’s ways are not our ways and no person is able to grasp all the factors in any given situation. Our knowledge is limited and often flawed. (Isaiah 55:8-9, I Corinthians 8:1-3)
It takes all of us with our differing views, diverse opinions and unique gifting to make up the Body of Christ. While standing uncompromisingly to the authority of Scripture, we need the views of other believers to get any sense of the complete picture. (I Corinthians 12:12-26)
We recognize our tendency to look past our own shortcomings. (Luke 6:41-42)
We commit ourselves to examining our own lives rather than looking at others. (II Corinthians 13:5)
We appreciate the power of words. (Proverbs 15:1-2, James 3:6)
We control the use of our tongues. (James 1:26)
When we do speak, we do so graciously. (Ecclesiastes 10:12, Colossians 4:6)
Whatever we do is done in deep humility for the betterment of others. (Philippians 2:3-8)
The overarching motivation for all our thoughts, words and actions is love, (I Corinthians 13) …even toward those who mistreat us. (Matthew 5:44)
Compelled by love, we are willing to sacrifice our liberties for the sake of others. (I Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4)
This is a time of testing for the church. The enemy is poised and ready to pounce. The world is watching. We have the opportunity to demonstrate the selfless love of Christ. May God provide the humility and wisdom to show his glory in each of us.
I can’t wait to actually worship together once again. Whether you choose to worship in person or online, take time this week to just thank God for seeing us through this very difficult, most unprecedented season.
Lead Pastor | Hayward Wesleyan Church