March 24, 2020
Dear OSLC family and friends,
I wanted to thank you for all your encouragement during our time of physical distancing. While physical distancing seems prudent at this time, we must never disengage from each other socially! I encourage you to continue to join us online for worship on our website or on our Facebook page.
You will also see that the weekly worship folder will be available to you online. I encourage you to stay connected to each other and if you know of someone who is isolated because of not having access or familiarity with digital media like email, Facebook etc... please let us know so that we can send out hard copies of the worship folder and reach out with words of encouragement.
Below you will see an email that we received from the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA. She is asking for all of us to join with the church across the world and across denominational lines to pray the Lord's Prayer, tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25th) at noon, local time. I encourage you to participate in this moment of solidarity within the body of Christ.
Peace! Pastor Jeff Frohner
March 24, 2020
The Evangelical Lutheran Church America, as part of the body of Christ, is united with other Christians in our communities, in our country and around the world. This unity takes many forms, including prayer.
I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the
Lutheran World Federation
World Council of Churches
, to join in the Lord's Prayer tomorrow, March 25, at noon your local time. Please share this invitation through your synods, congregations, ecumenical communities and individual networks.
During the global pandemic of COVID-19, the church can and should give witness to our unity in Christ and express our deep concern for God's creation. Despite social distancing, through prayer we are able to enter together into the presence of Christ and the communion of believers. By praying the prayer that Christ taught us, we are united with followers of Jesus in every time and in every place. When the church gathers in this way, we can be assured that Christ, our eternal hope, is present in the midst of suffering.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, ELCA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America