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Temporary Public Worship Precautions

The Session has approved the following reminder for printing and announcing in connection with continuing to gather for worship:

There is no more important activity in life on this earth than the public worship of God. It is for this that the Lord has consecrated this day, and for which He commands that we remember this day to sanctify it as well. 
It is with great gratitude to Him that we continue to gather, according to the 4th commandment. And the law of God never contradicts itself, which is why the Session of this church urges you to gather for public worship in keeping with the 5th and 6th commandments as well

Under the 5th commandment, the civil magistrate is a servant under Christ for our good, even when he does not know that, and believers are both to obey him and to submit to him out of reverence for Christ. The church is not under the civil magistrate’s authority in any way, but the Session of this church wishes to lead its members in being godly citizens. Under the 6th commandment, we are to take precautions and make efforts to preserve the lives of ourselves and others. 
Therefore, knowing what little we do about how the sars-cov-2 virus spreads, we ask that any who are ill or who have exposed themselves to those who may be ill (even if asymptomatic) would use the internet stream options that we make available for all who are providentially hindered from attending. If we value public worship, then please take extra care to be able to gather for it on the Lord's Days. Also, before, during, and after worship we ask that household units stay together, and group in such a way that enables good spacing from other households. Please keep the worship room for worship. Please do not bottleneck entrance ways or thru-ways; there is plenty of room outside to enjoy your fellowship at the safe distances encouraged by the civil magistrate.

Below, you can learn more about what the Bible teaches regarding the 4th, 5th, and 6th commandments.

Q. 116. What is required in the fourth commandment?
A. The fourth commandment requireth of all men the sanctifying or keeping holy to God such set times as he hath appointed in his word, expressly one whole day in seven; which was the seventh from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week ever since, and so to continue to the end of the world; which is the Christian sabbath, and in the New Testament called The Lord’s Day.Deut. 5:12-14Gen. 2:2-31 Cor. 16:1-2Acts 20:7Matt. 5:17-18Isa. 56:246-7Rev. 1:10.
Q. 117. How is the sabbath or the Lord’s day to be sanctified?
A. The sabbath or Lord’s day is to be sanctified by an holy resting all the day, not only from such works as are at all times sinful, but even from such worldly employments and recreations as are on other days lawful; and making it our delight to spend the whole time (except so much of it as is to be taken up in works of necessity and mercy) in the public and private exercises of God’s worship: and, to that end, we are to prepare our hearts, and with such foresight, diligence, and moderation, to dispose, and seasonably to despatch our worldly business, that we may be the more free and fit for the duties of that day.Ex. 20:810Ex. 16:25-28Neh. 13:15-22Jer. 17:21-22Matt. 12:1-13Isa. 58:13Luke 4:16Acts 20:71 Cor. 16:1-2Ps. 92 title; Isa. 66:23Lev. 23:3Ex. 20:8;Luke 23:5456Ex. 16:2225-2629Neh. 13:19.
Q. 118. Why is the charge of keeping the sabbath more specially directed to governors of families and other superiors?
A. The charge of keeping the sabbath is more specially directed to governors of families and other superiors, because they are bound not only to keep it themselves, but to see that it be observed by all those that are under their charge; and because they are prone ofttimes to hinder them by employments of their own.Ex. 20:10Josh. 24:15Neh. 13:1517Jer. 17:20-22Ex. 23:12.
Q. 119. What are the sins forbidden in the fourth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the fourth commandment are, all omissions of the duties required, all careless, negligent, and unprofitable performing of them, and being weary of them; all profaning the day by idleness, and doing that which is in itself sinful; and by all needless works, words, and thoughts, about our worldly employments and recreations.Ezek 22:26Acts 20:79Ezek. 33:30-32Amos 8:5Mal. 1:13Ezek. 23:38Jer. 17:2427Isa. 58:13.
Q. 120. What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment, the more to enforce it?
A. The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment, the more to enforce it, are taken from the equity of it, God allowing us six days of seven for our own affairs, and reserving but one for himself, in these words, six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work: from God’s challenging a special propriety in that day, the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: from the example of God, who in six days made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: and from that blessing which God put upon that day, not only in sanctifying it to be a day for his service, but in ordaining it to be a means of blessing to us in our sanctifying it, wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath-day and hallowed it.Ex. 20:9Ex. 20:10Ex. 20:11.
Q. 121. Why is the word remember set in the beginning of the fourth commandment?A. The word remember is set in the beginning of the fourth commandment, partly, because of the great benefit of remembering it, we being thereby helped in our preparation to keep it; and, in keeping it, better to keep all the rest of the commandments, and to continue a thankful remembrance of the two great benefits of creation and redemption, which contain a short abridgement of religion; and partly, because we are very ready to forget it, for that there is less light of nature for it, and yet it restraineth our natural liberty in things at other times lawful; that it cometh but once in seven days, and many worldly businesses come between, and too often take off our minds from thinking of it, either to prepare for it, or to sanctify it; and that Satan with his instruments much labor to blot out the glory, and even the memory of it, to bring in all irreligion and impiety.Ex. 20:8Ex. 16:23Luke 23:5456Mark 15:42Neh. 13:19Ps. 92 title, Ps. 92:13-14Ezek. 20:1219-20Gen. 2:2-3Ps. 118:2224Acts 4:10-11Rev. 1:10Ezek. 22:26Neh. 9:14Ex. 34:21Deut. 5:14-15Amos 8:5Lam. 1:7Jer. 17:21-23Neh. 13:15-23.
Q. 122. What is the sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man?
A. The sum of the six commandments which contain our duty to man, is, to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to do to others what we would have them to do to us.Matt. 22:39Matt. 7:12.
Q. 123. Which is the fifth commandment?
A. The fifth commandment is, Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.Ex. 20:12.
Q. 124. Who are meant by father and mother in the fifth commandment?
A. By father and mother, in the fifth commandment, are meant, not only natural parents, but all superiors in age and gifts; and especially such as, by God’s ordinance, are over us in place of authority, whether in family, church, or commonwealth.Prov. 23:2225Eph. 6:1-21 Tim. 5:1-2Gen. 4:20-22Gen. 45:82 Kings 5:132 Kings 2:122 Kings 13:14Gal. 4:19Isa. 49:23.
Q. 125. Why are superiors styled father and mother?
A. Superiors are styled father and mother, both to teach them in all duties towards their inferiors, like natural parents, to express love and tenderness to them, according to their several relations; and to work inferiors to a greater willingness and cheerfulness in performing their duties to their superiors, as to their parents.Eph. 6:42 Cor. 12:141 Thess. 2:7-811Num. 11:11-121 Cor. 4:14-162 Kings 5:13.
Q. 126. What is the general scope of the fifth commandment?A. The general scope of the fifth commandment is the performance of those duties which we mutually owe in our several relations, as inferiors, superiors, or equals.Eph. 5:211 Pet. 2:17Rom. 12:10.
Q. 127. What is the honor that inferiors owe to their superiors?
A. The honor which inferiors owe to their superiors is, all due reverence in heart, word, and behavior; prayer and thanksgiving for them; imitation of their virtues and graces; willing obedience to their lawful commands and counsels; due submission to their corrections; fidelity to, defence and maintenance of their persons and authority, according to their several ranks, and the nature of their places; bearing with their infirmities, and covering them in love, that so they may be an honor to them and to their government.Mal. 1:6Lev. 19:3Prov. 31:281 Pet. 3:6Lev. 19:321 Kings 2:191 Tim. 2:1-2Heb. 13:7Phil. 3:17Eph. 6:1-25-71 Pet. 2:13-14Rom. 13:1-5Heb. 13:17Prov. 4:3-4Prov. 23:22Ex. 18:1924Heb. 12:91 Pet. 2:18-20Titus 2:9-101 Sam. 26:15-162 Sam. 18:3Esther 6:2Matt. 22:21Rom. 13:6-71 Tim. 5:17-18Gal. 6:6Gen. 45:11Gen. 47:121 Pet. 2:18Prov. 23:22Gen. 9:23Ps. 127:3-5Prov. 31:23.
Q. 128. What are the sins of inferiors against their superiors?
A. The sins of inferiors against their superiors are, all neglect of the duties required toward them; envying at, contempt of, and rebellion against, their persons and places, in their lawful counsels, commands, and corrections; cursing, mocking, and all such refractory and scandalous carriage, as proves a shame and dishonor to them and their government.Matt. 15:4-6Num. 11:28-291 Sam. 8:7Isa. 3:52 Sam. 15:1-12Ex. 21:151 Sam. 10:271 Sam. 2:25Deut. 21:18-21Prov. 30:1117Prov. 19:26.
Q. 129. What is required of superiors towards their inferiors?
A. It is required of superiors, according to that power they receive from God, and that relation wherein they stand, to love, pray for, and bless their inferiors; to instruct, counsel and admonish them; countenancing, commending, and rewarding such as do well; and discountenancing, reproving, and chastising such as do ill; protecting, and providing for them all things necessary for soul and body: and, by grave, wise, holy, and exemplary carriage, to procure glory to God, honor to themselves, and so to preserve that authority which God hath put upon them.Col. 3:19Titus 2:41 Sam. 12:23Job 1:51 Kings 8:55-56Heb. 7:7Gen. 49:28Deut. 6:6-7Eph. 6:41 Pet. 3:71 Pet. 2:14Rom. 13:3Esther 6:3Rom. 13:3-4Prov. 29:151 Pet. 2:14Job 29:12-17Isa. 1:1017Eph. 6:41 Tim. 5:81 Tim. 4:12Titus 2:3-51 Kings 3:28Titus 2:15.
Q. 130. What are the sins of superiors?
A. The sins of superiors are, besides the neglect of the duties required of them, an inordinate seeking of themselves, their own glory, ease, profit, or pleasure; commanding things unlawful, or not in the power of inferiors to perform; counseling, encouraging, or favoring them in that which is evil; dissuading, discouraging, or discountenancing them in that which is good; correcting them unduly; careless exposing, or leaving them to wrong, temptation, and danger; provoking them to wrath; or in any way dishonoring themselves, or lessening their authority, by an unjust, indiscreet, rigorous, or remiss behavior.Ezek. 34:2-4Phil. 2:21John 5:44John 7:18Isa. 56:10-11Deut. 17:17Dan. 3:4-6Acts 4:17-18Ex. 5:10-18Matt. 23:24Matt. 14:8Mark 6:242 Sam. 13:281 Sam. 3:13John 7:46-49Col. 3:21Ex. 5:171 Pet. 2:18-20Heb. 12:10Deut. 25:3Gen. 38:1126Acts 18:17Eph. 6:4Gen. 9:211 Kings 12:13-161 Kings 1:61 Sam. 2:29-31.
Q. 131. What are the duties of equals?A. The duties of equals are, to regard the dignity and worth of each other, in giving honor to go one before another; and to rejoice in each other’s gifts and advancement, as their own.1 Pet. 2:17Rom. 12:10Rom. 12:15-16Phil. 2:3-4.
Q. 132. What are the sins of equals?
A. The sins of equals are, besides the neglect of the duties required, the undervaluing of the worth, envying the gifts, grieving at the advancement or prosperity one of another; and usurping pre-eminence one over another.Rom. 13:82 Tim. 3:3Acts 7:9Gal. 5:26Num. 12:2Esther 6:12-133 John 1:9Luke 22:24.
Q. 133. What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment, the more to enforce it?
A. The reason annexed to the fifth commandment in these words, “that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee,” is an express promise of long life and prosperity, as far as it shall serve for God’s glory and their own good, to all such as keep this commandment.Ex. 20:12Deut. 5:161 Kings 8:25Eph. 6:2-3.
Q. 134. Which is the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.Ex. 20:13.
Q. 135. What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?
A. The duties required in the sixth commandment are, all careful studies, and lawful endeavours, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting all thoughts and purposes, subduing all passions, and avoiding all occasions, temptations, and practices, which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any; by just defence thereof against violence, patient bearing of the hand of God, quietness of mind, cheerfulness of spirit; a sober use of meat, drink, physic, sleep, labor, and recreation; by charitable thoughts, love, compassion, meekness, gentleness, kindness; peaceable, mild, and courteous speeches and behavior: forbearance, readiness to be reconciled, patient bearing and forgiving of injuries, and requiting good for evil; comforting and succoring the distressed, and protecting and defending the innocent.Eph. 5:28-291 Kings 18:4Jer. 26:15-16Acts 23:1216-172127Eph. 4:26-272 Sam. 2:22Deut. 22:8Matt. 4:6-7Prov. 1:10-1115-161 Sam. 24:121 Sam. 26:9-11Gen. 37:21-22Ps. 82:4Prov. 24:11-121 Sam. 14:45Jas. 5:7-11Heb. 12:91 Thess. 4:111 Pet. 3:3-4Ps. 37:8-11Prov. 17:22Prov. 25:16271 Tim. 5:23Isa. 38:21Ps. 127:2Ecc. 5:122 Thess. 3:1012Prov. 16:26Ecc. 3:4111 Sam. 19:4-51 Sam. 22:13-14Rom. 13:10Luke 10:33-34Col. 3:12-13Jas. 3:171 Pet. 3:8-11Prov. 15:1Judg. 8:1-3Matt. 5:24Eph. 4:232Rom. 12:1720-211 Thess. 5:14Job 31:19-20Matt. 25:35-36Prov. 31:8-9.
Q. 136. What are the sins forbidden in the sixth commandment?A. The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are, all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others, except in case of public justice, lawful war, or necessary defence; the neglecting or withdrawing the lawful and necessary means of preservation of life; sinful anger, hatred, envy, desire of revenge; all excessive passions, distracting cares; immoderate use of meat, drink, labor, and recreations; provoking words; oppression, quarreling, striking, wounding, and whatsoever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.Acts 16:28Gen. 9:6Num. 35:3133Jer. 48:10Deut. 20:1-20Ex. 22:2-3Matt. 25:42-43Jas. 2:15-16Ecc. 6:1-2Matt. 5:221 John 3:15Lev. 19:17Prov. 14:30Rom. 12:19Eph. 4:31Matt. 6:3134Luke 21:34Rom. 13:13Ecc. 12:12Ecc. 2:22-23Isa. 5:12Prov. 15:1Prov. 12:18Ezek. 18:18Ex. 1:14Gal. 5:15Prov. 23:29Num. 35:16-1821Ex. 21:18-36.

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