Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Redeemer,
How we miss being able to gather together around our Lord and His Word and Sacraments at church! I realize now that I took for granted the encouragement offered each week from my fellow brothers and sisters at Redeemer.￼￼
We still can encourage one another
with a phone call, a note, or an email.
About ten of our members don’t have email at all.
￼Take out your yellow church directory and give someone a call! If you can't find yours, let me know, and I'll send you one in the mail.￼
We can pray
. Now is an especially good time to remember one another in our prayers to the Lord. We can also pray for our members in senior facilities under lock-down, and for healthcare workers. Since we are all part of our Lord's own body, we are connected more intimately than any other relationship.
We can hear our Lord speak to us in His Word
. All the more since we hear so many
voices from the world. Voices of fear, of uncertainty. So many voices we don't know what to think. We don't have to worry about that with the Lord. He loves us. He speaks the truth to us. He keeps His promises to us. Through His Son He has taken away our sins so that we never have to be parted from Him.
Our newsletter this month is different. Right now, all our services, meetings, Bible classes, and fellowship are on hold. Will we be able to worship together on Easter? I don't know. Pray, ask the Lord, that He will work out things so that we can. I'm not kidding, ask the Lord!
The next time we can meet together for worship, we will celebrate Easter. I can’t wait to join together in singing hymns of praise to our Lord Jesus who suffered, died, and rose again from the dead to save us from our greatest enemies.
“Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have the habit of doing. Rather, let us encourage each other…”
The days when we can't meet together make us look forward to the day when we can!
￼In Christ Jesus,