Grace, mercy and peace be to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Amen.

Things are still a little more hectic in the world with the pandemic than I thought that they would be by now. No, I wasn’t expecting the virus to drift away into nothingness but I thought that maybe we would have a better handle on things by now. It’s the inconsistencies in the media and even from the CDC that I don’t understand.

For example, don’t leave the house for any reason unless of course you have a reason and then you may leave the house. If you do leave, all stores are closed … except those that are open. But all stores must be closed … unless of course they need to stay open.

This virus is deadly but don't be afraid of it. It can only kill people who are vulnerable … and also those who are not vulnerable. We should stay lockdown until the virus stops infecting people and it will only stop infecting people if enough of us get infected that we build immunity so it is very important that we get infected … and also do not get infected.

You should not go to the doctor's office or the hospital unless you have to go there … unless of course you are too sick to go there.

This virus has no effect on children except for those children … who it affects.

The virus remains active on different surfaces for 2 hours or 4 hours or 6 hours … but in most cases it's days and not hours and it needs a damp environment or a cold environment … that is warm and dry.

Masks are useless at protecting you against the virus … but you still need to wear one because it can save lives and in some cases it may even be mandatory … but also maybe not.

And there's no shortage of groceries in the supermarket … there are simply many things missing.

A comedian actually came up with this list, and I’m only sharing part of it. Unfortunately, it fits with our media all too well.

I am so very thankful that God’s Word doesn’t change. Jesus Himself said: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33) According to Jesus, the Word of God does not change along with changes in the world. God's Word is always right.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17, ESV)

You see, even in this restless and uncertain time two things remain unchanging; God and His Word.

There are many more verses in God’s Word that assure us of His unchanging grace, but I’m going to leave you with these quotes from Hebrews 6 and Titus 2:

13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” 15 And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. 16 For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (Hebrews 6:13–18, ESV)

“11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,” (Titus 2:11–12, ESV)

As we continue in a world of strife and uncertainty, there has never been a better time to share the Gospel with our family, friends, our loved ones and even each other. The Word of God never changes and while it may go out of style in our society, God’s truth remains. We may leave it behind, we may make mistakes, simple, tragic and even life changing, but rest assured, God remains. God’s grace remains. And most importantly, salvation remains through faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Above all else, I’m thankful that we cannot out-sin the blood of Christ. “… I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34b, ESV)

God’s continued blessings to you all!

Pastor K


Public Worship and Weekly Bible Studies Have Resumed

As things slowly return to normal in our state we will be following Governor Abbott’s guidelines for social distancing and sanitation to the best of our ability. Public Worship had resumed however Sunday School and Sunday morning Bible Classes will resume at a later date due to lack of space in the classrooms to maintain social distancing.

In order to maintain social distancing on sunday mornings, we will temporarily have two services. One at 9 a.m. and one at 10:30 a.m. The maximum seating in the sanctuary for these services will be 50 people. Please let the church office know which service you would like to attend. We will try not to turn anyone away however, if the sanctuary seating is taken, you may be asked to sit in another room in order to maintain proper social distancing. The pews and other hard surfaces are cleaned after each service.

These modified services will continue until mid July when the Congregation Voter's Assembly will revisit the situation and make their recommendations. 

If you do not feel comfortable returning to worship at this time or if you are ill, please continue to worship from home. Our services will continue online with Facebook Live on our Youth Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St-Peter-Lutheran-Youth-and-Childrens-Ministry-Bowie-Texas-269796823597/ and after the service, the video will be posted as well as an audio recording under the “sermons” tab on this webpage. 

Our service bulletins now contain the complete liturgy, hymns and Bible Readings. The weekly bulletin can be found at:  https://stpetertex.com/weekly_bulletins

Online giving through Tithe.ly is available through the "giving" button in the top right hand corner of this webpage.

CDs and DVDs are also be available by calling the church office.

Although Sunday morning classes are still on hold, some of our weekly Bible studies have resumed. A modified Choir practice has also resumed. Check the calendar for temporarliy modified times and locations.

We look forward to resuming worship and seeing as many of you as possible!

  July 2020  
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