Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
It has been a long, few months since we have gathered together for worship. The Elders, Paul Judd, Jeff Koch, David Garlich, and Frederick Martens, along with Chairman of the Congregation Jon Tyler and I have been in prayer, discussions, and with watching the news updates. We have sought to use good judgment. We are concerned with the health of all our members. And we have put together a list of safety procedures; which you will find enclosed within. We have not taken this lightly and we believe this is the best way to open the doors of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25-34;
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
"Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
So with much anticipation we have decided it is time to “Welcome you back to your Father’s house!” Sunday June 7, at 8:30 a.m. for a with masks service and a 9:45 a.m. will be our time to resume corporate worship. The aforementioned safety procedures will be in effect. All are welcome to join us. But please follow our guidelines if you are ill, have a fever, or are showing symptoms.
In Hebrews 13:5b-6a, we read, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.”
I know the times are trying and it can be concerning to us all, but we have the words of our Lord and His promises that He is with us. Yet God also gave us our intellect and reasoning and we are also using those gifts as well when it comes to making decisions about returning to corporate worship. And we believe we have done that. Looking forward to seeing you all in worship.
Pastor Edward E. Durand III