Greetings in Christ Jesus,
Psalm 46 reads, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. These are, without a doubt, very troubling times. The coronavirus has certainly caused a lot of confusion and turmoil. But, as Christians, we are confident and we trust that God will be with us in good times as well as bad times. I believe, as difficult as these days may be, God is going to use this situation to be a blessing for our world.
Unfortunately due to the continuing complications of the coronavirus, the government has requested that we limit gathering together in groups no larger than 10 people for a two week period. So, as a result, the elders in consultation with the pastor, have decided to not have worship for the next couple of weeks. Here is a list of the services/classes that are canceled for now.
1) Wednesday evening services on March 18th, March 25th and April 1st at 7pm
2) Sunday services at 8:30am and 11am on March 22nd and 29th, as well as Adult Bible class and Sunday school
We do hope, if the situation allows, to gather again for worship on Palm Sunday, April 5th, for our one service at 9:30am and continue with our regular schedule after that. Please pray that this will be a possibility.
Until we are able to gather together again, I wanted to let you know that I plan on recording the sermons for Sunday, the 22nd and the 29th. These will be available on our website (stjohnluth.org), under the resources tab. Also, I can email you a copy if you let me know.
Also, for those who have internet access, I wanted to give you a resource to use, for the time being, as we wait to worship together again. It is entitled Propers/Readings to use in Time of Pestilence.
Please, also, see Psalm 23, 46, 103, 118, 121 as well as Matthew 6:25-34, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Philippians 4:6-7 and James 1:2-4
Again, please be reminded that God will be with us through this and I look forward to receiving God's good gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation with you again in worship very soon.
In closing, Psalm 46 reminds us, The nations rage, the kingdoms totter The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Pr. Jim Haugen