April Pastor’s Pondering

The night prior, I met with Tina to record worship.  It, too, seemed strange.  I found myself in my usual spot near the altar, making announcements, praying aloud, and preaching my sermon – all to a cellphone camera with Tina in back, operating the electronics.  Again, the sanctuary was empty.

COVID-19 sure has changed our world, at least for now.  Churches throughout Wisconsin have closed their doors for the safety of the public.  At the advice of Public Health experts, we have been told that the best way we can serve our congregations is to give them reasons to stay home.

For many folks, this is a time of great uncertainty and worry.  I have spoken with several of you who have told me similar stories of your children and grandchildren urging you to stay home, wash your hands, and do everything you can to stay healthy and safe.  We feel a bit isolated – maybe lonely.  Watching the news – while necessary to stay informed – adds stress to life.

All of this is reason why we must remember that God is with us!  Easter and New Life is just around the corner!  And soon, we will be together again, filling our Asbury sanctuary with praise and prayer and joyful proclamations of Jesus Christ’s victory over sin and death, over disease and isolation!  Soon, we will be sharing our love for one another as we always have – with hugs and handshakes, smiles and words of comfort and encouragement!

For Scripture assures us “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 8: 38-39)

These are words to live by!

I’ll see you in church, soon!

Pastor Will

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