Hi from the “Old Guy”
As a fellow member in the pew at Grace I’m taking this opportunity to invite you to join me in supporting the give25 campaign of our Concordia Lutheran Seminary. The plan is simple and spelled out in the paragraphs that follow.
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In faithfulness to God's word (Acts 1:8), the mission of Grace Lutheran Church is "To proclaim in a warm caring atmosphere the good news of God's love and forgiveness in Christ to the people of our congregation, our community and the world."
We believe that there is only one true God, Who exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God the Father is the creator of everything that exists. The Son is Jesus the Savior. The Holy Spirit inspired the entire Bible. It is the errorless Word of God that brings God's message of love and hope for all people. We accept that Scripture is accurately and faithfully interpreted in the documents contained in the Book of Concord.
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Our pastors and church council continue to refine our response to the spread of COVID-19. Because people can start infecting others three days before they themselves start seeing symptoms, we want to do everything possible to keep our contacts with each other here at Grace as safe as possible.
In no way does this threaten or undermine our trust in God. We rely now, as much as we ever have, on His grace and mercy to keep us safe and guard us from all harm, both physically and spiritually. But as we heard in the Gospel two weeks ago, it is not right for us to "put the Lord to the test." (Matt 4:7) Faith in God's care does not exempt us from the recommendations of health-care practitioners. In fact, in our Lutheran Christian way of looking at such things, both doctors and public-health professionals are agents of God's own ongoing care for the world, doing His work - not just their own. Therefore, taking their directives seriously is one of the ways that we express and exercise our faith, as well as good citizenship.
For these reasons, then, our pastors and church leaders are taking the following steps.
1. If you become sick with the symptoms of a cold or flu, please stay home until you are feeling completely better. The coronavirus can be spread for as many as 12 days after a person recovers.
2. Cover your mouth with your sleeve, not your hand, if you need to cough or sneeze.
3. Wash your hands often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
4. Leave a little more space around yourself than usual, both in the pew and at the communion rail. A buffer of one meter is considered good.
5. Instead of sharing the peace with a handshake, let's use only our words.
6. Consider using an individual glass, not the common cup, during Holy Communion.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please keep this whole situation in your prayers.
One of the little irritations that comes with having a cold is the roller-coaster effect of the medications I often take to deal with its symptoms. In the morning, a “non-drowsy” pill not only drains my sinuses but also gives me a jolt of energy. At night, a different potion makes me sleepy as well as clearing away my congestion. Up, down… up, down… day after day. It’s a relief when I’m finally well enough to wean myself off of that cycle and get back to a more normal state of stability.
Many of us, I think, are probably longing for stability to return to the wider stage as well. There haven’t been very many “ups” in the last few months, but the “downs” have been coming at us non-stop. Energy projects cancelled. Wages cut and jobs lost. Political turmoil at every level. Anger and anxiety over climate change. Market tumbles, sowing fear and worry. And over of it all, the creeping menace of COVID-19, disrupting everything: internationally, regionally, within our city, here at Grace, and in our homes and families. Lately, it’s felt like the trajectory of life as a whole is heading steadily down.
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