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Redeemer Lutheran Church Ministries
Greetings in Jesus' name,
After consulting with local authorities, medical personnel, and numerous congregations and clergy, Redeemer has made the decision to go to online services for the next two weeks to try to help efforts to prevent the spread of disease to the most vulnerable in our congregation and community. After these two weeks, we will reevaluate the situation and make another decision.
This is not an easy decision to make. We are a church that lives on the gathering of the saints to receive Christ's gifts. However, because we live in a corrupted and fallen world, the Church has through the ages found herself in situations when these gatherings have been temporarily postponed. In our own time we have the gift of technology that still allows us to hear God's Word and be comforted in the promises found there that sustain our faith through difficult times.
We are not canceling services. We are simply changing the format and moving them to an online location. The services will be found on Redeemer's Facebook page (here) and YouTube channel (here) on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Sundays at 10:00 am.
In all of this, remember the words of our Epistle reading last week: "Through Jesus we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, 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 5:2-4)
Our trials serve to purify our faith and turn our trust to Jesus alone. So in this challenge, find your strength in God's Word. Hear His Law and Gospel. Be reminded of His promises. We know that whatever difficulties we bear, our Lord bears it with us and that in the end, His grace will be all that we need.
We look forward to the time that we meet together again. As we wait, we continue to find strength in His Word of promise.
Please take a moment and pray:
Most merciful God, whose compassion never fails and who invites us to call upon You in prayer, hear the heartfelt confession of our sins and receive our humble request for mercy. Grant healing to all who suffer from any ailment of body or soul, according to your merciful will. Defend all who work to restore life and health. Restrain that which would harm us or cause us to doubt You. Grant us wisdom, that we may find the best course of action that brings glory to Your name and works for the good of our neighbors. Sustain us during this time and do not let our trust in You fail. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.