Dear Asbury Church family,
We hope this season finds you and your family well. In doing what is best for our church family, there are many factors we must take into prayerful consideration as faithful stewards of the body of Christ.
After spending time in prayer, and due to today’s announcement by Governor Cooper, Asbury Church has decided to exercise abundant caution and have made the difficult decision to pause indoor worship effective now through January 10. We will continue to offer outdoor and streaming options for both our traditional and contemporary worship services. Although our worship will look differently than originally planned, the Savior of the world has not changed. He is still Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. He is our promised Messiah and Emmanuel.
This means, however, that Christmas Eve at Asbury will look differently than we had hoped in order to ensure your safety and to follow suggested state guidelines. For our Christmas Eve worship experiences, we will record our traditional service to YouTube in the afternoon and will offer a LiveStream at 6pm for our contemporary service. We will not gather outdoors due to the weather forecast. We will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion in both of these worship experiences.
We want to remember God’s gift of salvation and provide hope and a sign of God’s presence in a time of uncertainty, so we invite you to pick up communion elements from the lobby of the church office Wednesday December 23, from 10am-2pm so you can participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion during the worship experience of your choice. We encourage those worshiping with us online Christmas Eve to have candles for our tradition of singing Silent Night and Joy to the World at the end of worship, which celebrates that Jesus, the Savior born at Christmas, is the light of the world.
We will miss seeing you in person on Christmas Eve and look forward to worshiping with you online. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. May the peace, hope and joy of the Christ Child dwell in our hearts this Christmas and each day. We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!