From Pastor Rolf
A week ago we buried my brother-in-law, Ron. Family had gathered at the cemetery in Madison for the interment. Everyone wore masks. We tried to maintain social distance, but it was almost impossible. It was painful not to be able to hug my sister, frustrating to try to comfort one another from a distance. Ron was a veteran and I offered to play Taps. Who knows when we will be able to gather to have a proper funeral for him?
The coronavirus has turned our lives upside down in so many ways. That is especially true for our church family. We long to gather together again in our sanctuary. But for now that must wait. A large room where people sit for an hour and sing is a perfect environment for the virus to spread. With so much asymptomatic spread, we simply must exercise caution and show love for our neighbor.
Just because public worship in the sanctuary is cancelled does not mean that church is cancelled. The church is not a building; the church is God’s people. The work Jesus has given us to do in our baptism continues, whether we worship in the sanctuary or online. That work is showing God’s love in Jesus Christ to everyone we encounter, no matter where or how we encounter them.
If you are hurting or in need, please don’t hesitate to reach out. This pandemic has put a lot of extra stress on everyone. Let’s be patient and kind with each other. Ask for God’s help. That’s the kind of prayer God loves to answer.