Letter From Pastor Luther - May 1st, 2020

May 1, 2020



       Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord!


       Week 8.  We are in a rhythm now.  All of us.  We kind of know what we’re doing, and we’re starting to do it well, better each time.  For those of us at the church, that means fewer glitches during devotions or worship.  For those of us at home, maybe figuring out how to get Facebook to work when you want it to!  (Sadly, I’m still learning…).  For the vast majority of us, this time is nothing short of inconvenient.  That is stressful to be sure, but mostly, it is just annoyingly inconvenient.  And as full blown members of a consumer society, we don’t do well with being inconvenienced. 

      I want to invite you to join me in prayer for those for whom these days are more than just inconvenient.  The sufferings that arise in the course of daily life, and with which we are all better able to cope in “normal days”; those things now, in the face of the fear and uncertainty associated with COVID 19, and all of the restrictions that have been put in place in response; those things are horrific.

     The street girls in Yaounde, Cameroon, with whom we have been working for a couple of years, because the building we have been working on is not yet built; these girls have been sent out on their own again.  We don’t know (and can only imagine) what risks they are enduring.  We are so worried for them… 

    A loss of work, and the concomitant inability to pay the bills: rent, utilities, groceries, medications…this is both demoralizing and scary.

    A cancer diagnosis becomes even more terrifying now that normal treatment cannot proceed as scheduled.  Even a postponed hip replacement may not seem like a big deal, but if you are the one that has to endure weeks or even months further of torturous pain, it is a big deal.  Or not being able to be with a friend or loved one who is in hospital and isolated……particularly if that person is terminally ill….to be separated from them, when they are alone…that evokes sadness beyond words.

    A broken relationship and all that is entailed with that, seems to make the “normal” sorts of emptiness and helplessness, feel even more acute. 

      I invite you to join in prayer for all of God’s children, everywhere.  Your prayers are important always, but now so meaningful for you and for those whom you pray!  Remember that prayer is not just an individual endeavor, it is a community opportunity to gather to sing God’s praises and to hear about God’s love for all of us.  Now we can’t gather in our sanctuary, but our times of devotion and worship are most certainly gatherings of community, and celebrate God’s love, we shall!  Join us in prayer at our daily devotions, Monday through Saturday at 7 pm.  Join us for worship at 10 am on Sunday morning.  Additionally, we invite you to join Pr. Tim for a check in time, Monday through Friday at 2 pm.  You can find information about each of these on our website: https://www.godamong.us

       Campus remains closed for the time being (at least the next two Sundays), and we’ll certainly keep you informed if and when we’re able to re-open.

      Evening devotions are on Facebook Live at 7 pm (Monday through Saturday). https://www.facebook.com/incarnation.lutheranand then later uploaded to our website.

 Daily check-in is a zoom meeting.  To get there, click this: https://zoom.us/j/636616491

       Sunday worship is on our YouTube channel and is found here: 

https://www.youtube.com/user/ILCservants

     Be well brothers and sisters!  Wash your hands!  Keep your physical distance!  Wash your hands!  Join us for worship and devotions!  Keep the faith!  And by the way, wash your hands!  And remember, we’re here for you!  Call if there’s anything we can do for you.  Call if you are lonely and in need of support.  We are blessed among God’s children.  We are living in troubling times, but we remain nonetheless, blessed beyond words!


In Christ’s service,


Pr. Luther


- After worship, around 11 am, Darrell and Nancy Datte host our after worship coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom, and look forward to welcoming everyone in our community. Please think about joining in and saying hi to your brothers and sisters. That gathering can be found here:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/3173666136?pwd=b21OU3p1L0laNjZYcmx2clJMbDRmZz09



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