Update from Pastor Sheldon MacGillivray
May 6, 2020
Dear Cornerstone Family,
Last week, Governor Kelly provided us with a plan to carefully reopen Kansas. Johnson County also offered us a timetable to consider as we watch and see what happens next. They provided a date that sets the middle of June as the earliest time to possibly consider large gatherings. I know that there are some who would like it to be sooner, but we want to approach our response with our call to love our neighbor. We have been learning that in God’s kingdom, love is to reign supreme. Above all else, we are to put on love.
In the weeks ahead, we will be called to put that into practice. Especially as Christians, we are forever shaped by the gospel. The epitome of love is Jesus dying on the cross for you and me. He surrendered his position of authority and status for us. Because of this, we now deny ourselves, take up the cross, and follow him. Love is the principle that is at the core of God’s kingdom.
I would like to apply that principle to our situation. Wearing a mask in public settings is an act of love. We are showing love to our essential workers: the doctors, the nurses, the grocery store workers, the Sam’s Club employees and the vulnerable in our communities. Wearing masks saves lives. It is an act of love that all of us can easily consider for the sake of others. It is not a display of fear. It is a display of love. I would also ask you to consider that it is a display of the gospel to your neighbor. Let us never sacrifice the vulnerable for selfish desires.
In the last two weeks alone, more than 20,000 people have died in the U.S. from COVID-19. Most of those deaths have come from the vulnerable category. We have been very blessed to see such a low death rate in Kansas City and in Johnson County in particular. Staying at home and wearing masks has helped. Maybe you have seen the pictures of doctors and nurses from our local hospitals. They have held up signs saying, “We stay here for you, please stay home for us.”
Jesus has modeled the way for us to move forward. He sacrificed his life for us and has called us to give our life away for others. Loving our neighbor will be at the heart of our plans for reopening Cornerstone. We continue to develop our plan and will be sharing it with you in the weeks to come.
On another note, Thursday, May 7, is our National Day of Prayer. This will be a great time for you and your family to spend time in prayer for our nation, for our President and his Cabinet, for Congress and the Senate, for our Governor and Kansas Legislature and our military. Here is a guide to lead you as you pray. I invite you to join Cornerstone in our time of prayer for our nation at 3:00 PM tomorrow.
This Sunday, Pete Geiger will be preaching on patience as we continue our series on the fruit of the Spirit. Join us on YouTube every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. If you haven’t subscribed, make sure you do so and if you like our service, click the thumbs up. It helps us reach a larger audience.
We miss you and look forward to seeing you face to face.
Under His Mercy,
Lead Pastor, Cornerstone