Updated: Mar 20
March 19, 2020
My brothers and sisters in Christ,
Love to you. Our gracious Father in heaven hears your prayers. He makes holy our bodies with the Holy Spirit. He has turned death and the grave into life everlasting through the death and resurrection of His Son. Further he strengthens us in faith to contend with trial and tribulation through His Word.
Even today there is some positive news with regard to the Corona virus. Malaria pills seem to be a help in combating it. Studies in France also have had success in knocking the virus out. Meanwhile our state is taking aggressive action to slow its progress as the cases do multiply. Our governor has now limited all gatherings for the next month to less than 10. While perhaps thwarting the disease it limits the church’s prayer.
We have met again as a church council and are now hoping to continue hearing the Father’s voice from week to week in the Divine Service albeit in a limited fashion. To adhere to the governor’s request and to not cause you to be fined ($1,000) or put into jail (1 year) for meeting in too large of groups we are having a sign up for abbreviated services with the Lord’s Supper. They will be offered Saturday afternoon, Sunday morning, and Monday late afternoon/early evening. Please sign up through the website using the Divine Service Scheduler. Bring a neighbor, someone who is lonely, or tell your friends about it.
Additionally as families are home together a little more, a great blessing, we have purchased 70 copies of a fine devotional “The Treasury of Daily Prayer.” We would like to give them to each family in the congregation. A nearly identical app - "Pray Now" - can also be purchased for your smart devices for around $7. If you would like to contribute to the purchase of the Treasury of Daily Prayer, they were $40 a piece. We also have for the children in your home a copy of 120 Bible stories. How great if they read all of them in the next few weeks or month. The Bible stories are already here, the devotionals will hopefully arrive early next week.
Especially as holy week approaches we will try to post the readings for the day on the internet. You may even consider joining Facebook just to have access to the church page found there. If not we will try to post all information to the website including the previously mentioned sign-up sheet. If your phone, address, e-mails need to be updated with the church office please send them to pastorsherrill AT gototrinity DOT com.
Your prayers, love for neighbor, peace of heart and mind, and continued offerings are important at this time. Please let us know if you have any specific need or know of someone who does.
Christ, the Life of all the living,
Christ, the Death of death, our foe,
Who, Thyself for me once giving
To the darkest depths of woe,
Through thy sufferings, death, and merit
I eternal life inherit;
Thousand, thousand thanks shall be,
Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.
("Christ, the Life of All the Living", by Ernst C. Homburg, 1605-1681)
Not only that but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character and character produces hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Every blessing in Christ,