All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,

Greetings on this Friday morning!  I know you may be getting weary and heavy burdened about now.  But the Word of God tells us what to do in Matthew 11:28-30  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  During this time of distress even old favorite hymns take on new meaning for the believer take “In The Garden” first verse and chorus; 

I come to the garden alone

While the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses
And he walks with me
And he talks with me

And he tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

          Have you taken time to go to God’s garden? To walk with Him and talk with Him.  Today is a great day to start a new experience or continue to spend time with God alone.  For He might just have some great insights to share with you while He has your attention.  He has taken all the excuses away and can now have your undivided attention! 

          There are two things I never thought I would say in an email to any of you as your friend and as your Pastor. 

  1. As your friend GASOLINE PRICES HAVE DROPPED BELOW $2.00 a gallon.  Here in Lake Placid gasoline is selling for $1.99.  Now I know that you don’t have anywhere to you go, but if you need gasoline now is the time to you.  But be careful!  Make sure you take some gloves or maybe a plastic bag to wrap around your hand so you don’t get COVID-19 infected by handling the pump handle!
  1. As your Pastor and hopefully a concerned friend I never through I would tell you this, STAY HOME SUNDAY!  DO NOT COME TO CHURCH!  I will tell you when we can meet again.  This goes against everything that is in my DNA as a Pastor, but the time has come to stop meeting.  Our District President and our District Attorney have strongly encouraged us to stop offering public worship for different reasons not the least of which is YOUR HEALTH SAFETY! 

There are a few people who are part of our “live streaming” team that will be present but anyone else please practice “Stay Well At Home.” Our ladies trio will be there, Kayla and Fred will be present to help “live stream”, of course Susan will be here to play the music and I will be there to lead you through worship and bring a message of hope.  A few things we are trying to be careful about is copyright infringement issues so we are trying to use public domain hymns and songs.  So we are trying to be sensitive to all these issues.

One of the issues that has been addressed by our Synod President Matthew Harrison centers around Holy Communion.  The Commission on Theology and Church Relations suggests that in decades gone by most Lutheran Church only had Holy Communion once a quarter.  I can remember my home congregation only had Holy Communion once a month for the majority of my youth.  This is not to say Holy Communion is not important, but at times circumstances prevent us from offering Holy Communion.  So please bear with us. 

  1. Just because we are not meeting does not mean we do not care about you.  If you have “prayer requests” email them to me and I will pray for them in my devotions each day.  Additionally I sincerely pray that your will continue to support Trinity Lutheran Church in whatever way you can.  Our tithes and offering are not the “price of admission” each week.  We cherish your stewardship of your Time, Talents and Treasures.  Please continue to support us. 
  1. Remember that we will be live streaming on Sunday at 10AM.  If you are not already on Facebook set up an account, which is easy to do yourself.  Then go to page LIKE our page and you will be all set! You can come in your PJ’s, drink coffee, sing the hymns as loud as you can (no one can hear you) shout “amen” when I say something good (no judgement) even clap your hands, but tune in to worship with your family! 

Please stay in touch with us here at Trinity Lutheran Church.  We may be limited in what we can enjoy these days, but that gives us the opportunity to pray for each other, read the Scriptures, watch good movies and call your friends and family! 

God Bless each of you!  Stay healthy and this too shall pass. 

Rev. Richard A. Norris, Pastor

Trinity Lutheran Church

25 Lakeview Street

Lake Placid, Florida 33852