SAVIOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
Dear Friends in Christ,
We know many of you are concerned about the impact that the COVID-19 virus could bring to your health and well being -- we are too. Our Savior Lutheran church will be open and conducting normal services this week. We feel that the comforting and healing words of Jesus Christ need to be heard to maintain our spiritual heath. If you are feeling sick, have physical risk factors or are not comfortable physically attending a Church service at this time, we encourage you to stay home and watch the 8:30 service on your computer or tablet by clicking on this link (Click Here). The live broadcast will start at about 8:25. If you missed the live broadcast, you can watch the recorded service anytime (Click Here). You don't need to sign up for a Facebook account to view the services.
There are several churches in the area and across the US that have suspended services. In making the decision to stay open, we looked for God's direction, and the words below of Martin Luther helped. We encourage you to forward this e-mail to your friends, especially those who may not have a service to go to so that they too can watch the online Service and hear God's Word.
Back in the 1520s, Martin Luther wrote concerning a Black Death Plague that was ravaging the population. I thought you might find this interesting:
Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. IF God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God” (Luther’s Works, v. 43, p. 132).
Lastly, if you have any spiritual or physical needs, please reach out to us or the church office at (239) 597-4091. Take comfort in knowing that your church family is praying for you and together we will grow through this challenge.
Pastor Schmidt & Church Council
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
At Our Savior Lutheran Church our beliefs can be summarized in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God,begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
To Know Christ & To Make Christ Known