Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. This year these changes include the arrival of the coronavirus. This week these changes include a surge in infections and deaths in IL and surrounding states.
Much as it pains us not to gather in person on this festival Sunday, we love God by loving our neighbor, limiting the spread of the virus.
Even as our movements and interactions are restricted, our hearts have been set free by the grace of God given to us in baptism. In that freedom and faith we pray for the church and for the world. May they and we continue to be reformed, renewed, and healed.