Dear Members of St. John’s,
Grace, mercy and peace in Jesus, our resurrected and living Lord.
Well, it’s almost May, the weather is warming up, and I know everyone is ready to get back to a “normal” life. However, it appears normal will look a little different for a while. At St. John’s, we’re planning how we restart in-person worship when churches are allowed to reopen. While it physically may look a little different with social distancing and other precautionary measures required, the important things won’t change. Together as a body of believers, we’ll sing, we’ll pray, we’ll confess our sins and receive forgiveness, we’ll hear the Word, and we’ll receive the gift of His body and blood.
As we approach that time, stay connected to God through the many ways He has provided for us.
Staying Connected to God Through Each Other
Hopefully you were able to connect with members of our Call Team this last week. It’s important we stay connected while we are physically separated from each other. Regarding the Care Team announcement, we are looking for volunteers willing to visit members or handle simple shopping tasks for them. If you feel called to serve in that way, please let Lisa Walraven know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find ways to love your neighbor as yourself.
Staying Connected to God Through His Word
For this Sunday, May 3, I will provide a taped message that can be viewed through the St. John’s website. I encourage you to take the time and listen to God’s Word through this medium to stay connected to Him.
As a reminder, I would again point you to other programs that are wonderful ways to hear God’s Word. Specifically, the Lutheran Hour radio program and other resources are available at lutheranhour.org. Also, Worship Anew is a series of taped services from Lutheran Ministries Media at worshipanew.org.
Staying Connected to God Through the Sacrament of Holy Communion
For this Sunday, we will continue to distribute Holy Communion using our “Walk-In, Family-Isolated” (WiFi) process from 9-11 a.m. Again, to be clear, we are not gathering as a congregation. We are simply providing a means to receive the gift of Holy Communion one family at a time through a safe, peaceful, sheltered, and familiar setting. I will have already consecrated the bread and the wine by the time you arrive. You may enter the St. John’s parking lot, follow the car line, and remain in your car. Once your car gets to the front of the line at the front doors of the church, you may leave your car under the direction of an elder, enter the narthex, receive the bread and wine from me, return to your car, and then exit the parking lot. The process has been designed as a sanitary, non-touch, safely spaced experience providing a peaceful, familiar environment for prayerful self-examination.
Thank you for your continuing contributions to St. John’s to meet our financial obligations and outreach support. Whether you are dropping off your offering at WiFi communion, mailing your check directly to St. John’s, or giving online through the electronic giving section of our website at https://stjohnslexington.org/worship/electronic-giving/, we truly appreciate your continued support through this time of separation.
As we continue to pray for our world, our country, our community, our church, and our loved ones we do so in the certainty that our loving Lord has all things well in hand and that He is shaping them to His gracious will. As always, He is our refuge and source of peace.
Living in Jesus with you,