Stonegate Family,

The song is simple.

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

I still remember singing those lines as a six year old. The song is simple, but those simple lyrics stand on rock-solid theology. Every bird and beast, atom and molecule, disease and vaccine is in His hands, under His control. Or as Isaiah says, “[God] declares the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose’…” (Isaiah 46:9-10) 

The Scriptures show God as sovereign over (to name a few) nature (Psalm 135:6-12), the growing of grass (Psalm 104:14-15), disasters (Amos 3:6), the fall of sparrows (Matthew 10:29), the decisions of kings (Proverbs 21:1), the affairs of nations (Daniel 2), the sickness of children (2 Samuel 12:15), the gain and loss of money (1 Samuel 2:7), the suffering of saints (1Peter 4:19), the completion of plans (James 4:15), repentance (2 Timothy 2:25), the giving and taking of life (1 Samuel 2:6), and even the crucifixion of his beloved Son (Acts 4:27-28).

Knowing ‘He’s got whole world in His hands’ frees us, his people, to face the world, without fear. The sovereignty of God injects steel into the spines, and unexplainable peace into the hearts, of His people. Throughout Christian history, God’s sovereignty has unleashed God’s people to face uncertainty with confidence, knowing as George Whitefield once famously said, “We are immortal until our work on earth is done.”

Knowing He's got the whole world in His hands, prepares us to consider the many uncertainties of this world, including the Coronavirus. If you want to know more about the Coronavirus, we recommend you visit the Center for Disease Control.

Like you, we’ve been watching the story unfold and praying for those affected. We’ve also been considering how it may impact our church family in the weeks to come. We still plan to enjoy Jesus together each Sunday morning and in Groups. However, to love our neighbors and protect those who may be susceptible to illness, we plan to take some extra precautions and common-sense steps, some of which will require your help.

  • When you attend a service, don’t worry about opening the door. We will do our best to open them for you. 
  • We'll have hand sanitizer positioned in key locations throughout the building. Please make an effort to wash your hands and sanitize regularly. For additional tips to help reduce the spread of germs, please visit this link.
  • As always, we encourage you to enthusiastically greet one another with joy. However, (for the time being) as much as possible do so without handshakes or hugs, which will be as hard for me as it will be for many of you. 
  • Rather than passing offering baskets on Sunday, we will have baskets available on stage after the service. To reduce the amount of paper being handled, consider automating your giving here.
  • If you (or someone in your home) has a cough and fever, or other respiratory difficulties, we ask that you wait until you are fever-free for 24 hours before joining us for Sunday services or Groups. When you need to stay home, you can enjoy the podcast early on Sunday afternoon each week. 
  • We’ll also make extra efforts to wipe down and sanitize hard surfaces before and after services (particularly in the Stonegate Kids area).


 Stonegate, as we face uncertainty, let us do so singing. 


He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands


He's got you and me brother in His hands

He's got you and me brother in His hands

He's got you and me brother in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands


He's got you and me sister in His hands

He's got you and me sister in His hands

He's got you and me sister in His hands

He's got the whole world in His hands


Let’s pray to our God who controls it all, let’s pray for those affected, let’s remember the difference Jesus makes, let’s be prudent, and then let’s move into the world with confidence. Could there be a better time to remind an uncertain world of the certainty of Jesus? I’ll leave you with this tweet from Pastor Ray Ortlund Jr, 

Dear Christian, if you see yourself going to Heaven after you die, then death no longer freaks you out, and the bad things that cause death no longer freak you out. So, the coronavirus no longer freaks you out. And you can move toward danger calmly and lovingly, for His glory.

Church family, I love you and look forward to seeing you Sunday to worship the risen Jesus. 

Pastor Rodney


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