Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at St. Paul, It was a blessing to worship with many of you yesterday. The gospel of Jesus gives us peace and hope even in the chaos of our world. If you weren't able to make it to our worship services yesterday, you can watch our service by clicking HERE. You can also read the sermon by clicking HERE. Earlier this afternoon, Governor Evers issued a ban on all public gatherings of 50 or more people. These new restrictions include churches like ours. We respect our government and care about the health of people in our community. As a result, while our Monday evening service today will be held as planned, our Wednesday Lenten services and supper on Wednesday are cancelled. Our services for this coming Sunday and Monday are cancelled as well, along with our Family Bible hour. It appears that this restriction on large gatherings may be in place for a number of weeks or months. We anticipate having to cancel services in future weeks as well. Our church council has planned an emergency meeting for tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. After that meeting, more information will be shared with you about our long-term plans for continuing to share God's Word, even as our worship services are cancelled. Our food pantry scheduled for this Friday afternoon has also been cancelled, along with the fellowship breakfast that was planned for Friday morning. It's a blessing to remember that God's Word isn't limited to a church building or to our public worship services. God's Word is with you in your homes and on your phones. The fact that we can't gather as a congregation doesn't mean that God's voice is silenced. God speaks to you every time you read his Word. Our church will look for ways to help your family worship and grow in your faith in Jesus in your own home. Start by reading the devotion included below. Please reach out to me or to our other church leaders with questions or concerns. In everything, we remember that "The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress" (Psalm 46:7). God's blessings on your week, Pastor Nass
Where do you run to when you’re afraid? Whom do you turn to when you’re scared? In ancient times, everybody knew the answer. You run to the castle! You knew you’d be safe in those strong walls. It’s too bad we don’t have fortresses like that anymore. I bet right now you feel pretty vulnerable. I bet you wish you had a castle to hide in. A place where you could feel safe and secure and loved.
You do! Here is the Bible’s promise: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust’” (Psalm 91:1-2). I know you might feel isolated. I know it might seem like you’re on an island by yourself. That couldn’t be further from the truth! You rest right now in the shadow of our Almighty God. He is your refuge. Where you do run to when you’re afraid? Your fortress! You’re safe and secure and loved by Jesus.