Our Savior Family,
While browsing Facebook this past week, I saw a quote from Martin Luther as he counseled Germany in the midst of the Black Death Plague:
"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needed me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God." (LW 43:132).
What an astute commentary on our modern reality! As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, and as we are now in a state of national emergency, we will seek to take precautions that will protect the members of Our Savior Lutheran Church without unduly diminishing the role of Christ in our lives. Here are some basic precautions we plan to take:
- We will be forgoing "greeting one another in the name of the Lord" entirely during worship. We hope you can take opportunity to do so outside of the worship setting.
- We will receive the Lord's Supper in such a manner as not to unduly attract the sharing of germs.
- We will collect offering in such a manner as not to unduly attract the sharing of germs.
- We will forgo the pastoral handshake entirely. This is regrettable, but temporary. Pastor will still be in the building and available for greeting and conversation.
- Prayer requests (usually provided via the green cards on Sunday morning) should be made via phone calls to the church office (701-852-6404). Prayer requests may be phoned in even after the church office closes on Friday afternoon. The messages will be checked Sunday morning before worship to ensure each is included.
- Please refrain from shaking hands, bumping elbows, or hugging, as this close proximity increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.
- If you are ill, or are susceptible to becoming ill, we would encourage you to consider utilizing the Livestream service online.
Minot pastors are now restricted from visiting parishioners in the hospital and in several of the nursing homes. This list will likely grow in the weeks to come. If you would like a visit from Pastor, you have to specifically request this with the hospital. Thank you!
Each of the LCMS parishes in Minot - Our Savior, St. Paul, and St. Mark - are implementing very similar protocols for the health and safety of our parishioners. May our gracious Lord, the Great Physician, continue to care for us, as He has always done. Remember that nothing can separate us from the Love of Christ (Romans 8) and that God's power is made perfect in our weakness (1 Corinthians 12).
In Christ's love,