Grace, mercy, and peace are yours today through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
With the current health conditions surrounding the novel COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our worship services for the next two weeks. We will reevaluate the conditions and the projections from the Center for Disease Control and the recommendations of our government agencies at that time to determine when we will resume worship gatherings. This cancelation pertains to the regular Sunday worship and Wednesday Lenten worship. We plan to resume worship on March 29th as long as the situation allows. We will keep you updated regularly. Check the website for audio sermons and other options for worshiping at home. www.glchurch.org
As a pastor, I don’t take the cancelation of worship lightly. To say that we won’t be meeting for two weeks is difficult. I love worship, sharing the word, singing the hymns, and seeing all the saints gathered together. However, I love all of you so much that I don’t want to see you for two weeks. 😊 I want you to stay healthy. I want you to be safe. I want you to stay home.
As Christians who place their trust in God, we know for sure that He is present with us no matter where we are or what comes our way. He never leaves us or forsakes us. The salvation of Jesus Christ is sealed on our foreheads in baptism and confirmed at the table of our Lord. Even when we can’t be physically present with one another, by the work of the Holy Spirit, we are always connected to one another.
In the meantime, please pray with me: Lord of Heaven and Earth, for all those who presently suffer the effects of the virus, for all those who attend to the suffering, for doctors, nurses, hospital staff, researchers, administrators, and those who seek a cure, for those who make decisions regarding the general welfare of all people, for those whose hearts are fearful and anxieties are raised, for those who are weak and at risk, for Your church on Earth, that she may be a beacon of hope in anxious times, that she may be an example of trust, faith, service, and love to the neighbor, Lord, in Your mercy…hear our prayer.
Pastor Joe Baumgarten