The COVID-prompted directive came from Fargo’s mayor and confounded us; namely, because the limit didn’t allow for building reach and community size. The oversight seemed unjust, and without consideration for variances between smaller congregations and larger ones like ours, with thousands of registered members.
It also seemed an overreach of civil authority.
One shouldn’t assume disregard for our fellow human beings here. A desire to worship God with one’s church family doesn’t erase a sincere caring for the community at large. Our worry was justified for several solid reasons.
Included is the fact that last spring, we faced the unfathomable, being denied celebrating the crux of our faith, the Resurrection of Christ, in person. Though some normalcy in worship has returned since, the thought has lurked all these…