It feels a little bit like we have been warned and told to prepare because a storm is coming. Such warnings raise many questions: What form will the storm take? Will it come this way? Will it affect someone that I love? Will it force me to change my plans? Am I prepared? Is there something that I should be doing that I haven’t already done?
I suppose, in some ways, only hindsight can answer some of the questions that cause us the most anxiety. But is it really unanswered questions or uncertainty that causes anxiety or is it coming face to face with the reality that we are not in control? We become anxious when we face situations beyond our control.
I hope that you will be comforted by the good news that we were never really in control of anything, but that we are, nevertheless, far from helpless. The Apostle Peter in his first epistle acknowledged our lack of control, our complete dependency, and our strength all at the same time when he wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
In an attempt to deal responsibly with the challenge presented by the corona virus we have suspended our congregation’s programs for the rest of the month of March. We are going to cancel this Sunday’s gathering for worship at Concordia. Everything that would normally be provided will be made available except for the company of one another. At this time, we are being told that the best way to make “short business” of this virus is by not gathering. Sunday’s sermon will be recorded and made available electronically in as many different ways as possible. Hard copies of the sermon and a worship folder, will be available for you if you would like to stop by the Church from 9:00am to 11:00am on Sunday morning. We will meet you at your car if you would like.
If you develop a physical need please let us know. We will assist. In addition, know that Pastor Wiist has both the time and the desire to speak with you about any concerns you have and to provide you with devotional materials while you are “shut-in.”
Keep an eye on our Facebook page as you will find many good resources for your encouragement. For example, Pastor Wiist intends to continue many of our regular studies online…including the material he was using for his midweek services and Sunday Morning Bible study. You’ve got your Bibles, Hymnals, and Catechisms. Get them out and get ready for some fun!
We will adjust as the situation around us changes, but take comfort in the good news that God is in control and he does most certainly care for you. Cast your anxieties upon him!
In His grace, Rev Dave Wiist