All Members, Winter Residents, Family and Friends,
Greetings! Good Afternoon! Here is a devotional thought for you for you today. Luke 24:36–49, ESV
“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.” Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.””
Jesus dispels all doubt when He offers absolute proof of His resurrection. Again, He points to Himself as Scripture’s center, but now includes the mission to all nations through the Holy Spirit’s power. There is the danger that we keep to ourselves when Jesus is equipping us to go out—we accept the fact that He is risen but deny the mission on which He sends us. The resurrected Christ truly equips us for our witness to Him with the Holy Spirit, whom He provides.
Come, Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus. Enable us to bear witness to our crucified and risen Savior. Amen.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1773). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.
Yesterday I took some time in the afternoon to contact some of our members to see how they were doing. I am going to be calling others today. To my amazement many of those I called because I didn’t think they had access to the internet, have actually been watching our “Live Stream” on Sunday’s.
Probably by this time many of you are getting frustrated about not being able to go anywhere. I know the feeling as I travel to the gas station, church, Walgreens and home 90% of the days. I haven’t been to Sebring in two weeks and this is from somebody who would travel to Sebring two or three times a week. Our farmers are really struggling with some many restaurants, schools, hotels and other institutions that normally would buy our Florida Grown Vegetables. My Daughter In Law, Morgan Taylor Norris (Brian’s Wife) sits on the National Farm Bureau Board and is very concerned about the farmers abilities to survive this nationwide shut down. Many of their crops are simply rotting on the vine. So there are a few options. Of course there are the local food stands along Hwy. 27 where you can stop to get veggies.
Or I am considering traveling to South Bay to Glades Precooler where I can get a case of about 40 count ears of corn for $12.00
Or a variety box of vegetable with. . .
12 Ears of Corn
2 Heads of Cabbage
1 Bag of Green Beans $12.00
If anyone is interested in corn or this variety box reply to this email or give me a call at 441-4168 and I will see if I can get down there this week.
Since you may not have seen our “Live Stream” of our Easter I have attached a picture of what our Altar looked like. Unfortunately several people requested and paid for flowers but we did not prepare a memorial or honor of sheet for this year. We are prepared to reimburse anyone who paid for their flowers, just reply to this email or Susan may be contacting you.
With this Social Distancing our Office Manager Liz is working from home. So if you have any announcements that need to be made about anything that you are aware of please email them to me and I will see that they get out to everyone. Susan got the church’s application in for one of those “Loans” from the “SBA” to cover the salaries of our Teaching Staff, Liz’s Salary, Pastor Olckers stipend, my Salary and Susan’s Salary from the church. But we are still waiting to hear if we will be getting anything. We are going on two weeks of waiting this Friday. Please pray that this goes through for everyone involved. This loan if used for Salaries could then in so many days (60) I believe be forgiven. So it is worth the effort. Thanks everyone for your faithfulness in the stewardship of your time, talents and treasures!
Have a great day and make it great for someone else!
Rev. Richard A. Norris, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
25 Lakeview Street
Lake Placid, Florida 33852