Love Your Neighbor As Yourself
Dear friends of the Bethel Lutheran Church Community,
We are indeed in unusual times. Our regularly perceived “ever-changing world” is seemingly moving at hyper-speed! Our constant— as always— is Jesus. Christ is indeed changeless in our ever-changing world, no matter the pace or the hysteria.
We know our Lord’s commandment regarding “Honor thy Father and Mother” extends to all forms of authority, including our government. Accordingly, we have been requested by health organizations, local, state, and national authorities not to gather in groups larger than ten.
Subsequently, and in harmony with our faith, we must comply and augment our normal worship practices. Therefore, until there is an “ALL CLEAR,” we will be temporarily shifting our usual in person worship service to an on-line format. We are not “cancelling church,” but we do have a new normal to adjust to for a season, before we can return to business as usual.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the international distress signal for help: S.O.S… Well, Christ remains our help and salvation. Bethel Lutheran’s S.O.S stands for:
Each Sunday at 8am (and Weds at 10am through Lent) there will be one small intimate service comprised of necessary staff within our ten person gathering mandate which will gather for Divine Service. We plan to livestream these services, video record, and upload in their entirety to our website. Expect a learning curve adjustment to this brisk transition. Bethel Members are encouraged to gather as families and in small groupsin homes for service participation and fellowship.
The coronavirus is spreading at an alarming rate, and many lower risk members of our community may be unaware of infection as asymptomatic carriers, contaminating others which are in a higher risk category. It is our theological and civil obligation to care for our neighbors by being wise and taking the precautions we can.
Virtually every aspect of our economy is becoming an issue. Bethel Lutheran will be no different. It goes without saying to remember, we are still the church, the Body of Christ, even when not in assembly, and our gifts, tithes, and offerings to God will be as important as ever while we weather the storm of this plague. Meanwhile, Christ is still King, and always will be. We will get through this with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Until then, wash your hands, and remember your baptism! You are eternally clean.
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 30-31