Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I greet you in the name of our Risen Lord, Christ Jesus!
How I miss you! I long for the day we can all meet again to worship on Sunday mornings.
I am sure you all share this longing with me. I am anticipating that we will be able to do so in the near future. Along with you, I have been learning that the word ‘near’ is a very relative term. I wish I could today pinpoint an exact day when we will be meeting together. However, our bishops have indicated that we are to adhere to Governor DeWine’s guidance in regards to social gatherings.
Currently, we are still under a stay-at-home order with social gatherings limited to 10 people. Therefore, until further notice we will not be gathering for Sunday morning worship services at the church. The sermons will be videotaped and posted on line at 9am. Sunday, May 3rd we will also celebrate Holy Communion by driving through the parking lot from 10am to 12 noon. The communion elements are prepackaged and I will be wearing a mask and gloves. Following Sundays, the church will be opened from 2 to 4 pm for prayer and meditation. I will be present to be meet and pray with you, if you so desire.
Please know that as soon as we have a definite date, you will receive a special notice with details about when and how we can safely return to public worship together. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time for any reason.
I share with you these words of assurance and comfort from the prophet Isaiah:
Even youths will faint and be weary and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:30-31
In this time, wait upon the Lord who loves you so and soar!
Love in Christ,