We will never change the world by going to church.
We can only change the world by being the Church.
I believe that the above sentiment is true. I also believe that one of the positives of this current physical distancing from one another has given us opportunity to be church in a new way. We may not gather together at the same time each Sunday morning but I do know that many of you gather at home at various times throughout the day to listen to prayers, scripture, hymns and a sermon. Many of you have emailed to let me know you are doing so and that you appreciate our efforts. I am truly thankful for the partnership I share with Jeff McDonnell, Chris Glod and Vicki Mastro who help make our virtual services possible.
I have also learned that many of you are reaching out to one another with phone calls and notes just to remind one another that you matter and are a beloved part of Resurrection Lutheran. Thank you for doing that. I am grateful for those who continue to send in your offerings and many of you supported our efforts to help fund the Montgomery Covid-19 response fund. Now we are collecting diapers for families in the cities because many are starting to feel the economic pinch. How sad when a mother needs to decide between diapers and food for her children. These are difficult times for many, but you are all stepping up and showing what it means to BE Church. (Diapers will be collected through May 4th. They may be dropped off and left at the entrance to the church)
I know that many of you are getting tired of sheltering in place and are fighting Cabin Fever, but remember that we are all in this together. As a congregation we have been fortunate. To my knowledge no one has contracted the virus and everyone seems to be in relatively good health. Some of you have offered to buy supplies and make deliveries for others who may not be able to get out. Thank you for that. If you do need help please contact me and I will commission one of our volunteers.
This past Sunday evening I experienced for the first time the deep pain of a someone being in the hospital and dying without family able to see them. Because it was an end-of-life situation I was able to see the patient and pray the Commendation of the Dying prayers. The individual died a few hours later and family was never able to say goodbye. It has been and continues to be a heart wrenching ordeal. Not all hospitals would even have allowed me in and I can’t imagine what it would be like if one of you had to go through such a terrible experience. I couldn’t bear it. The patient did not have the Covid-19 virus, but my point is to just encourage you once again to stay safe and stay home as much as possible.
Let us pray:
Lord, with each passing day the anxious cares and troubles seem to increase. The news reports seem to just add fuel to the fears. Help us to trust in your word and believe your promises. As we reach out to one another and even to strangers may we be strengthened by your wisdom and guidance. May your healing hand rest upon all suffering in body, mind, or spirit. Keep us in your saving grace and abide with us through these days of isolation trusting that no matter what, you will be with us always. We ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen
It’s been a long day. May God grant you a quiet night and peace at the last.
The Rev. Ellen Meissgeier