“How lovely is Your dwelling place…”
The Psalm today, Psalm 84, begins, “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD.”
I prayed that psalm today with a sigh. Perhaps not like the exiles did for seventy years in Babylon but as we approach seven weeks away from the courts of the Lord, I’m longing to be back in the Lord’s house with all of you.
I can assure you, the elders and I are in conversation about how soon and when we might return to worship in person on Sunday morning as well as what we can continue to offer electronically until such a time as we can all return safely. When we can return, you’ll know. We’ll contact you in every way we can to let you know.
More than a few notes
We’re continuing to communicate weekly via email. If you’re not getting those emails, you probably didn’t get this one. But if you’re having a conversation with someone who didn’t get this email, let them know we’re trying to get the word out about what’s happening and have them call the church office!
Sunday Mornings starting at 8:00 am on YouTube
We post the Sunday service on Sunday at 8 am and you can watch it there “live” in the sense that others can watch it with you and you can see who they are if they make comments in the chat box. Watch it with others if you can and watch it on the biggest screen you can with the sound turned up and participate as though you were in church. My family and I watch it together, which makes it it the first time we’ve worshiped together in over 12 years. Please “like” the video and consider subscribing to our channel. We only need 30 more subscribes and we qualify for a custom channel name. If you want to follow along with a bulletin you can find it posted on my personal page, revsmith.wordpress.com
Sunday Morning Bible Study is now live on Zoom
If you’re not getting the email invite to the virtual room we have on Zoom, please let me know. You will need a computer to watch and participate. But you can just use a phone to call in to the room too. For more details, call the church office.
Other Devotions and Resources
Your Bible and Hymnal
They are invaluable at this time. If you want to read the Bible devotionally, there are any number of ways to do that. We are reading passages together right now. FaithLife.com has a readings list or you could just promise yourself you’ll look up the readings in the Portals of Prayer. Whatever works so that you’re in the Word. Your hymnal also has short devotional guides for Morning, Evening, and Before Bed starting on page 294.
The LCMS FB page has resources
President Harrison, Pastor Daenzer and 1st Vice-President Lange will be having a Bible Study everyday at 9:00am. Of course there are many, many good resources on theLCMS website too.
You can listen to Lutheran radio online, or download shows old and new or listen live from 3-5pm on…
You can listen to Lutheran content throughout the day through streaming on the Internet. KFUO is the oldest religious programming station in the country.
Of course, there are many more resources and prayer helps out there for you.. Just start if you haven’t, try more if you have. I’ve been using the Treasury of Daily Prayer off an on for years. It is a treasure and I can’t believe I waited so long to pick it up.
Just a couple more things
Forward these emails to whomever you like. Print these emails off and give them to your family members who don’t have internet access. We have a good USPS mail list that Holly is sending information to also. Please contact her email@example.com to have anyone you know added to that snail mail list. Please send us any email addresses to be added to this distribution list too.
Care for each other and Pastoral Care
If you need anything, or you know of anyone who needs any supplies, or is in financial distress due to employment loss, please contact me. The elders are making contacts on their shepherd lists so we can stay in touch with each other. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are ready and able to assist.
Don’t hesitate to contact your pastor. I’m here to listen and encourage you with the Word of God. Don’t think that I’m too busy or bothered. If you are feeling stressed, worried or fearful, call! I’m 615-229-5593. I know our families are under great pressure; I’ve heard that our local police and county sheriffs are fielding many calls on families in crisis. Do not hesitate to contact us. The peace of God that is above all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. You need to hear that peace; it is what we are here for.
Your Sacrificial Tithes and Offerings
Thank you to all who are contributing through the website or are sending your tithes and offerings through the mail. Please consider online giving if you haven’t yet. If you’d rather simply send tithes and offerings through the mail or drop them off, that is fine. You can also set up a regular ACH payment at your bank. It’s free and takes the burden off remembering to contribute.
May our Lord Jesus bless you all and bring us quickly to the day we return to His courts with praise and thanksgiving.
Pastor Andrew Smith+