The Apostle Paul taught a lot about the nature of the church and how to live as the community of faith. His instructions boiled down to love of God and loving God by loving your neighbor; caring about how one's actions affected others. To the believers in Rome Paul wrote,“If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died”(Romans 14:15). Paul very clearly spelled out the Christian life to the Corinthians, “’All things are lawful,‟ but not all things are beneficial. All things are lawful," but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other”(1 Corinthians 10:23-24).
That's quite a bit of scripture, but I want to clarify why we are not worshipping together indoors at this time and won't be for quite a while. It's not about us, but about those with health conditions that would put them at risk for contracting the Coronavirus. The President has declared we should all meet together on Sundays, but my concern and that of all our church leaders is for the health and welfare for all of the family of God that is part of St. Timothy Lutheran Church and the larger church.
We will be together indoors sometime in the future. The “when” will be determined in conjunction with the advice of scientists and spiritual leaders like Bishop John Macholz, who is very much in the loop concerning the current health situation. Just this morning he sent the pastors a couple of very detailed documents from a conference on opening places of worship for all faith leaders. When it is safe and when we can in good conscience reopen our building, you better believe that we will do so. We long to be together again. In the meantime, join us for drive-in worship. It was wonderful to see each other, even if just from the safety of our cars. If you cannot come to that, we will still be sending out interactive bulletins via email as well
as by mail for those without internet access.
I have no doubt that you all treasure the people of St. Timothy as your church family. This is a very loving community of faith and so I close this newsletter article with more of Paul's words, that echo my own, “Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters ... But we urge you, beloved, to do so more and more”(1 Thessalonians 4:10).
God bless and keep you always. Thank you all for who you are and all you do.
Yours in Christ,
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