Greetings in Christ,
We will continue having teleconference services at Our Savior Lutheran Church. The services will have several people participating in liturgy, readings and music. Please call in at the scheduled time so you do not miss an opportunity to hear God's Word.
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Gregory S. Walton
Peter A. Meier
Missions and Outreach
Mark A. Brink
Laura E. Zirbel
Finance & Administration
Jay P. Wendland
March 21, 2020
To: All Congregations in the FLGA District
From: Rev. Dr. Gregory S. Walton, President
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lenten greetings in the name of Jesus, the One who has victory over sin, death and even disease!
We are living in an unprecedented time that has many living in fear and feeling anxiety. Our true comfort can be found in the promises of Jesus. He is the Great Physician, and we can trust in Him even when the foundations of life seem to be shaking. Let me encourage you during these days to look to Him who says to us, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” John 14:1.
The recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus points us in a very dramatic way to our Lenten journey. For Jesus it was a journey filled with sacrifice, pain, and ultimately death. However, death could not hold Him, and because of His Resurrection we can be confident that death (or disease) cannot defeat us either.
At this time we are strongly encouraging, based on the best advice from Government and Medical personnel, that congregations refrain from gathering at a church building for worship, even in small groups. This is a voluntary self monitoring now, but it may not be long before we find ourselves in the same predicament as New York and California, where restrictions are not optional. We are doing our best to equip pastors with tools to deliver God’s Word in a variety of new, electronic, ways at a critical time that does not endanger people, especially as the numbers of infected people rise in both Florida and Georgia. What this means is that many of us will potentially experience a very different kind of Sunday worship which may include our Easter celebration this year. Rather than gathering in our local church buildings, we will need to remain in smaller groups, practicing social distancing. Perhaps this is an opportunity for each of us to explore the difference between “going” to church and “being” the church. While we know the Church is God’s gathered people, we have often allowed it to become associated with a building facility. We remain the Church by virtue of our faith in Jesus! Is God forcing us to discover a new paradigm for worship? This remains to be seen.
Let me encourage you to consider how you might continue to do ministry in this unique time.
· First, be in prayer. Pray for God’s intervention, pray for first responders, medical personnel, government officials and all who have responsibilities during these days. Pray for our pastors, teachers and other workers who seek to learn how best to provide spiritual care within the confines of proper care. Pray for those who are experiencing financial challenges due to current restrictions.
We trust our Lord to care for us, but at the same time, this is an opportunity for every believer to shine the light of Jesus in their neighborhood. Check on neighbors, help with making sure those who are elderly have necessary groceries, do all you can to help “flatten” the curve, and reduce the impact of this killer virus. Each of us can make a difference by simply staying home and keeping our distance for the sake of everyone’s health. While isolating seems counterintuitive, it is the best thing that can be done to protect and show care for souls.
Through it all, know that we are working together on behalf of all our ministries and members to provide resources and information to help us all get through this together. Be at peace. God is still Sovereign and He will never leave us nor forsake us. As Paul reminded the Philippian Church, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.
Your fellow servant in Jesus,
Rev. Dr. Gregory S. Walton, President
The Florida-Georgia District, LCMS
The Florida Georgia District Coronavirus Resources Page is updated daily.
All worship services and Bible classes at Our Savior Lutheran Church are suspended until further notice due to concerns regarding COVID-19 epidemic. New sermons and devotions will be posted online.
Click on the folowing links for more information.
The Sawgrass News community section of the Sun-Sentinel newspaper has published this editorial about the Our Savior Lutheran Roof Campaign.
OUR SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH PROPERTIES BOARD NEEDS HELPERS!!
The main help this Board needs are able and willing people to come out once a month to help with church maintenance. Things like hanging blinds, changing ballast in the lighting fixtures, painting, landscaping, and the list goes on. If you can come for one Saturday or more it would be a great help. Please see the dates in the Newsletter as they do vary due to the schedule of bulk pickup.