Friday, May 29, 2020
At the time of this writing, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order - No. 202.33 is in effect, with Executive Order - No. 202.34 extending through June 27, 2020.
This executive order allows any religious service to gather up to 10 people.
What does this mean for The Tabernacle?
We are thankful for President Trump declaring Houses of Worship as essential in this season as our entire nation begins to reopen, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an affirmation of our place in everyday American life and an answer to so many of our prayers. Although this statement was made for the benefit of clarification for the entire nation, we still must conduct our church and ministry operations within current Western New York guidelines. The Tabernacle will continue to maintain compliance with our state and local officials’ guidelines and regulations. As difficult as that is at times, we must remember the writing of the Apostle Paul in Romans - Chapter 13.
Submission to Governing Authorities
1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Romans 13:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
What Is The Tabernacle Doing With The Guidelines Currently In Effect?
The Tabernacle wants to be creative in this season and continue to promote a community of relationships and devotion to the study of the Bible, prayer and connectivity to the many ministries of the church. With the current executive order in place, we are able to gather together in small groups, up to 10, and watch our Sunday service, as well as join together for times of Bible study, devotions and prayer. The Tabernacle will not be reopening our sanctuary or church campus this week. If you gather, we strongly urge you to follow social distancing guidelines and, when and where applicable, wearing PPE.
When Will We Reopen The Church Campus And Sanctuary For Sunday Worship Services And Ministry?
The Tabernacle will reopen as soon as possible. While we follow state and county guidelines, we are actively preparing for reopening. We are also considering alternative possibilities for meeting as a congregation and researching the implications, liabilities, and requirements needed to facilitate alternative services. Our staff is training on what reopening will look like. Our volunteer teams of Worship, Ushers, Security, and Greeters are preparing for the new format of how we will conduct services. We are continuing to pray and use our relational networks to encourage our state and local officials to prioritize the creation of a reopening plan that works with churches, as we all recognize and prioritize the importance of every single life.
Bishop Robert and the entire Tabernacle team continue to pray and seek the Lord as we strive to honor each and every one of you. We love you and look forward to the day when we have gathered together again.