What a great gift Christ gave us in His body the Church. At the church we find support and encouragement - but even more we receive spiritual food in the means of grace - the Word and the Sacraments. In the Church the body of Christ works together to provide everything all the different parts of the body require. The truth is - we need each other. How long can a hand last on its own - separated from the body? And even if it does stay alive - how can it be of benefit to the rest of the body?
All of our lives have been thrown into a world like nothing we have ever seen before. Social distancing and isolation are the rule in our land. How does the body of Christ continue to function in this new reality? Well, first of all, we need to keep communicating with each other. As we share the same order of service and listen to or read the same sermon we are bound together in the mystical body of Christ. As we help each other and others in our community, we maintain the unity of the body and serve our Lord in serving others.
We miss the contact and the encouragement of being in church together. Many people over the years have had to give up the contact of the weekly Divine Service. Soldiers involved in wars are a good model for what we are going through right now. Soldiers give up lots of things to fight the enemy and defend those who are counting on them. This war has an enemy that we cannot see - but it is just as real as those with tanks and guns. Isolating and keeping our distance can help protect the most vulnerable among us. Trying to limit the spread of the virus is truly a service to our neighbor.
We all know there are limits to how long we can continue the all-out effort to limit the spread of the virus - but while it continues it is good that the church can stand with our community in this effort that involves sacrifice. We can continue to hold out the Light of Christ to our community.
We are not afraid of this virus - but neither are we reckless or willing to put God to a foolish test. The Lord will lead us through this pandemic. This too shall pass. Our faith and love for each other will give us hope for the future - whatever that future may be.
Having said all of that, it is important for us to remember the needs of our church. The expenses of Christ Lutheran will go on through this trial. If we forget about our church for too long - it may not be here for us when this trial has passed. Please give back to your Lord by giving to Christ Lutheran. You can send your offerings to:
Christ Lutheran, Box 397, Rawlins, WY 82301
Your offering will be counted and deposited the same way it is every Sunday.
Your Pastor will do his best to stay in communication with you and provide resources that we can share together.
Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
That’s it for this message. The LORD bless you and keep you! - Pastor Wiley
Christ Lutheran Church
To the Members and Friends of Christ Lutheran - Rawlins
Greetings in Christ!
(Sunday, March 22)
Pastor and the Elders met and we decided that we should continue to follow the Governor’s rules. That means that All Services are cancelled till April 3.
During this time Pastor and the Elders will be contacting members by phone to check on them - make sure they are doing okay - to see if they have any needs (someone to go to the store for them - need supplies like TP , paper towels, flour, etc.) We will match those who have needs - up with people who have said they are willing to help. We will also get a list of extra supplies that people have that they are willing to share with others.
If you have a need or extra supplies you are willing to share contact Pastor
text or call 307-321-0669 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thats all for this message. Stay tuned! There is more to come. :)
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