My dear friends,
Did you ever think we would be in the season of Easter and that we still
would not be able to meet together in person for worship? It’s hard to
believe. All the weeks of May, except for the last are in Easter, with the final week being Pentecost. Frankly, I know as much as you do about when we can return to our sanctuary for worship. In the meantime, we can make our living rooms and home offices our sanctuaries.
The psalmist writes, “The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it (Psalm 24:1). That includes our homes and our life at home. Here are some worship resources for home use that the ELCA has put together that I’d like to share with you. The first is daily Bible readings at: https://www.elca.org/Faith/DailyBible.You can also subscribe and have the readings sent to your email. Here is a link for worship at home: https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2108/. The resources at this link assist with prayer at home: https://blogs.elca.org/worship/2044/. Another “old school”
resource that I frequently use is a hymnal. I’ve used both the LBW and
ELW. In them, you will find far more than hymns. There are prayers,
scripture readings, the psalms and in the case of the ELW, even Luther’s
Small Catechism. Of course, do not forget to read your actual Bibles. Allow God to speak through his word.
Take advantage of life being a bit slower. Let this time enrich your
relationship with God through prayer and scripture reading. We are working on having a Zoom adult study group/prayer group/discussion group. Keep your eyes open. Also, please know you can email, text, or call me any time at 716-904-0855.
In the meantime, all I have to say is thank you to each one of you: for what you do and who you are. You are generous, faithful, beloved children of God.
Yours in Christ,
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