All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,
Greetings on this Saturday afternoon! I have been here at Church all day thinking, praying, working and reworking my sermon for tomorrow. Thinking about what I could do for Good Friday and Easter. It is not easy operating in a vacume trying to make decisions knowing that no matter what I do I will probably not do it correctly to everyone’s preferences.
I share the paragraph below from one of our Seminary’s websites;
Posted 12 days ago by Leopoldo Sanchez in Blog Pandemic, Coping With It
This is not the time or place to rehearse the life-changing and, in some cases, devastating effects COVID-19 has been having on people’s lives near and far—in our families, churches, communities, workplaces, and neighbors around the nation and world. But how do Christians cope with this pandemic? Here is some food for thought.
The Christian life is one of daily repentance. The baptized are called to die with Christ in order to be raised with him to new life. This is especially true in the season of Lent. When we hear of and see great numbers of people suffering and dying around us, the primary response is grief. Grief is our form of death at this time. It is deep contrition over the inescapable and universal reality that, as heirs of Adam, we are dust and to dust we shall return. Pandemics increase exponentially our awareness of this tragic state of affairs. Repentance calls us not to avoid this reality, but make room for grieving it. This is not fatalism which panics, despairs, and gives up at the sight of death. Christians grieve, but not without hope. Lent points us to Easter, death to resurrection. As heirs of God’s promises of new life in Christ, the last Adam, we are called even in the worst times to hope in God’s deliverance from the power of sin and death. This hope against all hope is a bold confidence in God’s promises, and it is most needed at a time when tragic news fills the air and tragedy itself threatens to squelch our spirits. In these painful times, set time aside for confession and absolution, for contrition and forgiveness, for sorrow in view of hope.
Thursday I posted a devotional I wrote for the District for Lent on our Facebook Page. I have attached it here today with you because despite how we might feel or perceive the situation we still have good news to share.
If you have difficulty getting out or afraid to go out call us here at the office and we will do everyting we can do to help you get the things you need. If you are afraid to go out because you do not have a facemask wrap a scarf around your mouth and noses or take a bandana they are better than nothing. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, if you have a cough and a temp call your doctor.
Trinity Tots will be closed for the forseeable future since we only had 4 students. We are concerned about our staff and their wellbeing and we are working on a possible solution to helping with salaries and paychecks.
I will be streaming live the modified service tomorrow morning at 10:00AM. With the help of Kayla, Fred, Susan we will be coming directly to you and your friends!
God Bless you all!
Rev. Richard A. Norris, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
25 Lakeview Street
Lake Placid, Florida 33852