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

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I never expected to still be dealing with the effects of COVID-19. However, here we are, like it or not. Whether you think it is real or not, whether you think the country, no the world is overreacting or whether we think we might have a better idea, we all still have to work within the bounds of our government recommendations. If we don’t follow those recommendations for our own good, then we should do so for the good of our neighbor. Our actions and reactions effect all of those around us and it is our Christian duty to take our neighbor into consideration when we speak and when we act.

This includes how we conduct our worship services. I would absolutely love to go back to normal. I’m tired of all the changes and restrictions. Although, if you think about it, are the restrictions really that restrictive? They are annoying, very annoying, but they do not keep us from worshipping in the way that we are accustomed to worshipping.

The Message has not changed. The Gospel is still being proclaimed in its purity and the Sacraments are being rightly distributed. No, I do not like two services. I’m extra tired by noon on Sunday and believe it or not, I feel like I’m working twice as hard during the week doing things electronically than I did working face to face. And although I get to see everyone each week, most of the rest of the congregation does not. No, I don’t like having to postpone baptisms and confirmations and wearing a mask during Holy Communion and separating the pews and, and, and…but by doing so, we are showing that we care for our neighbor. Our minor inconvenience shows our love for our neighbor and some of them that may not have felt safe in a full sanctuary, are able to come to worship with a little less anxiety.

As much as I’d prefer to spring right back into “normal” I have to admit that it would not be the best idea to do so. We’ve been being careful since March. If we were to return to normal without taking proper precautions, then why did we even bother being careful? What was the point of celebrating Easter on Facebook instead of the Sanctuary?

So let’s take our time…patiently if possible. Be patient with our church leadership as they look at ways to return to full “normal” worship and instead of complaining about how long its taking and talking ‘about’ them, how about supporting their efforts and talking ‘to’ them. The Healthy Church Committee requests and needs your prayers as do I.

Our entire Synod is dealing with the effects of the numerous things having to do with COVID-19. I’d like to draw your attention to this promo about the current issue of Lutherans Engage the World. This magazine had been available in our Narthex for the past couple of years. The current issue speaks as to how our Synod is working with COVID-19. There are plenty of copies in the classroom hallway and in the Narthex. Please consider grabbing a copy.

God’s Blessings and peace.

 

Summer ‘Engage’: Serving in the time of COVID-19

By Megan Mertz

JULY 7, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, the church has been scattered, stressed, struggling, shut in, serving … and saved. The Summer 2020 issue of Lutherans Engage the World speaks to all of this and more.

Read about how LCMS missionaries and military chaplains continue to serve around the world while navigating quarantines and lockdowns.

There also are updates on how the church is caring for her workers and assisting local Lutherans with the fight against the coronavirus in Africa, as well as stories of how pastors in the United States have shepherded their flocks during this challenging time.

“It’s daunting, yet the joy is that the Spirit is at work,” the Rev. John Zimmerman, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scranton, Pa., and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pittston, Pa., says in one of the articles. “God says to preach the Word in season and out of season. So, I do.”

Visit engage.lcms.org to read the stories above and see what your prayers and gifts are accomplishing far and wide, or visit engage.lcms.org/subscribe to learn how to have the magazine delivered directly to your door. Individual and bulk subscriptions (for congregations only) are available at no charge.

Posted July 7, 2020

 

Announcements 

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.

A Healthy Church Committee has been appointed to look at ways to safely bring more of our services back for our congregation and community.  

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 most 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!


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