1) We do not resume in-person worship to make a political statement. Politicians tend to muddy the waters by making declarations and threatening other politicians. We’ve been carefully responding to and following guidelines set out by our national and state governments (4th Commandment) seeking to preserve the health of our community (5th Commandment).
Recent political and legal circumstances have paved the way for the opportunity to resume in-person worship. We seek to do this carefully and thoughtfully, respectfully following guidelines that now come to us from the county, state, and federal governments (CDC) During all of this time, whether worshiping online or in-person, we seek to glorify our Lord and Savior (1st & 3rd Commandments).
Again, our resuming worship isn’t about being Democrats or Republicans, DINOs (Democrats in
Name Only) or RINOs (Republicans in Name Only). This isn’t a political gambit. It is an
opportunity to gather together around Word and Sacrament. It’s an opportunity to praise God.
2) Three words: humility, sacrifice, and patience. Let us seek to put the needs of others ahead of our own. Not everyone agrees with your point of view (or mine, for that matter). There will be differences of opinion among us about masks, social distancing, how much singing we’ll do, the rightness or wrongness of the government’s actions during the past couple of months. How do we handle such disagreements? If we want to follow the world’s example, we can make a fuss, be loud about it, and forget about being selfless. We can roar, “It’s my way or else!” Or not…
If we want to follow our Savior’s example, we’ll speak to one another in love and
encouragement, be patient with each other, and put selfishness aside. Even if I’m right (at least
in my own mind), I’ll remember that I’m blessed to be in the presence of my Savior along with
my brothers and sisters in Christ. Selflessness is key; it’s the Savior’s way. He exemplifies those
three words together in the most extraordinary ways through his patient, humble sacrifice.
3) Two more words: empathy and understanding. There are some within our church family who will not be returning to in-person worship at this time. They are concerned about their health and due to age and/or at-risk conditions, are choosing to worship online. We are concerned as well! We offer empathy and understanding to our fellow believers who make this choice at this time, grateful that we are still able to walk together and serve together (via offerings and mutual encouragement) thanks to the technology that enables us to deliver spiritual content (worship & Bible study) online.
We look forward to the day when we will be able to gather once again in larger groups without
restrictions. Until then, we continue to worship online and in-person as we are able. Holy
Communion will be available during in-person services. Private communion is available in
member homes or in my office. Please contact me.
I look forward to seeing you at worship this weekend: in-person or online.
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1) “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty. My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord.” (Psalm 84:1,2) “Blessed are those who dwell in your house. They are ever praising you.” (Psalm 84:4)
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand
1) Trinity is planning to return to in-person worship on Sunday, May 31st & Monday, June 1st. Service times will be as follows:
- Sunday, 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
- Monday, 6:30 p.m.
A detailed letter concerning this can be found on the home page of our website and a link found on our Facebook page. It contains information about registering for worship services (to keep the number under 50) as well as the precautions we’re taking to ensure safety.
2) These are the “reservation” totals as of noon on Tuesday (May 26): Sun, 9 a.m. (41), Sun. 10:30 a.m. (11), Mon. 6:30 p.m. (17). There is an extra service on Sunday, May 31st, for the confirmation students and their families (1 p.m.); we’re expecting mid-40s for attendance.
3) We’re suspending schedules for greeters, ushers, and communion assistants at this time. A few days before the coming week’s worship, we’ll reach out to individuals who have registered to worship to ask for help with ushering. At this time, only the pastor will be distributing Holy Communion.
4) Remember April’s 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge? There is a Blessings Jar in the Welcome Center, so bring in those slips of paper when you are able!
5) With “regular” worship resuming, I’ll be posting just once each week at the blog link at our church website, and Facebook, and email. Look for a “Wednesday’s Encouragement” each week.