Holy Week Fixed Hour Prayer 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
This is indeed a strange season of our history, both as a congregation and as a country. As I am writing this, COVID-19 is spreading fast and furiously. We are now in a safer-at-home order and we will not be able to be together for worship for the near future. News about this virus changes daily, if not hourly. We wait at home to protect ourselves, those we love, and the physically vulnerable people of our communities.
As followers of Jesus, the crucified and risen Savior, our faith compels us to have hope not only for today but also for tomorrow. It will indeed feel very odd to not gather for Holy Week services. We will do our best to bring you worship services that convey the meaning of those sacred days. Please watch for those services to be posted on our website (www.christlutherandeforest.org) and on the Christ Lutheran Church Facebook page. I will continue to post Bible Story and Bedtime Books on those sites until we can gather again.
Enclosed is a copy of this quarter’s Christ In Our Home devotional. Each family is receiving this, which is another way for us to remain connected while we are apart. I pray it is a blessing to you during this difficult time.
Regardless if we gather together on April 12th, we will know that Jesus has risen and that death, sin, and the devil have been defeated—as always. Easter is the greatest festival of the Christian Church and when we can gather together once again, we will proclaim with great certainty, “He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!” This truth we know and this truth we hold onto with every fiber of our being.
I have said this before, but I will say it again. One of my favorite questions in the Bible is found in St. Luke’s account of the resurrection. Luke 24:5, “The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.’”
Think on this question in this time of uncertainty and know that He has been raised from the dead and is going ahead of us; there we will see Him. (Matthew. 28:7)
God’s Abiding Peace,
Pastor Sue Beadle