As a leader of our staff while Leo is out on medical leave recovering from COVID-19, I wanted to update you on where we are as staff. We have not forgotten how hard it has been, and continues to be, to be pulled apart by COVID. We have not forgotten how hard it is to face the vital conversations surrounding racial unrest in our country and world. We are committed to doing the work of remembering and working as we maintain City Church’s mission of bringing the beauty of Christ into broken places. Right now the scale of hurt and brokenness can feel overwhelming, but then we remind ourselves that we serve a God who is able to do more than we can even imagine.
As much as we have been trying to make plans, Proverbs reminds us that the Lord's purpose will and is prevailing: “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:2) As we negotiate what that means for our present moment, we have realized that we need to plan in short chunks. In June and July, we usually plan the next twelve months, but this year we find ourselves thinking one month at a time.
So as we look to July, here are a couple of updates.
We remain confident that the gospel is the ultimate cure to all the issues we face. That doesn't mean its answers are always easy or even always clear. We know that many of you may feel overwhelmed by all the potential resources out there, particularly when trying to listen and learn about racism. Some of you have asked us for gospel-centered resources. While the following is not exhaustive, Redeemer City to City, an organization headed by Tim Keller that City Church has been involved with from our founding, has curated a list here. Our staff, with all our varied experiences and resources, is excited to spend some time in our weekly meetings looking at and digesting some of the content on that list this month.
Finally, many of you have asked us how you can help. As the Schusters recover, please help them by giving them space to heal. If you have questions, please direct them to me. You can also help us by letting us know how we can pray for you and serve your family. You can help us by letting us know when we fail you but also giving us the grace to do so. You can help us by resisting the urge to silo yourself—please let us know if you need pastoral care. It is harder than ever for us to know how you all are doing. And you can help us by praying for us.
Clint Wilson opened our service with a quote from Zora Neale Hurston a couple of weeks ago, and it’s been on my mind quite a bit since: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” What kind of year is 2020? Right now, I don’t think anyone knows. But I do know that Jesus remains our only and ultimate hope, both in 2020 and in the years to come.