For some months we have been meeting for in-person, corporate worship on the Lord's Day mornings. Our in-person services, both morning and evening, are now fully resuming. Services in recent months have also been live-streamed on the internet by means of Facebook Live. God-willing, this will now continue indefinitely. Spreading the Word of God by the use of technology, is NOT (nor has it ever been) a substitute, but a supplementary means for preaching the Word and joining in gospel worship. No-one in our church, to my knowledge,has argued for Zoom meetings or Skype Church to replace the gathering of the saints. I don't know of ANYONE of our ministers or elders who believes that the church of Jesus Christ should abandon public worship, and "go virtual". Our position, which is scriptural, is that when the people of God are physically able to meet together in God's house, and are not Providentially hindered, they ought to do so. During the recent difficult period of the corona-virus pandemic, it was the practice of many churches, including our own congregation, to prayerfully navigate their way through the health crisis by holding some on-line services, temporarily (the operative word), and returning to the normal schedule of services, as would seem prudent at the time. It should never be imagined however that, even in the recent crisis, there was ever anything less than a full commitment on our part to the worship of God, and the extension of the kingdom of God. We wish to assure all who view this page that we firmly believe in Paul's exhortation to the Hebrews: "Not forsaking (abandoning) the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching..." (Hebrews 10:25)
Rev. Stephen Hamilton
Rev. Stephen Hamilton is the minister of Lehigh Valley Free Presbyterian Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania.