Dear Family in Christ Jesus our Lord,
These are trying days. Uncertainty and confusion brings anxiety. Here at Williams Bay Lutheran Church we exist to offer Good News, peace, and healing through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We will not disappear and fade away during this time. Yes, we may be worshiping differently in the future but we will still exist as the Body of Christ at this time and in this place. It is at such a time as this that faith becomes more and more essential to our day to day lives.
Today a small group of us met for worship. We did not celebrate Holy Communion, shake hands, or pass the offering plate. Hand sanitizer was placed around the worship space and all doors were propped open to minimize contact. The church council met again after worship and decided to cancel dinner on Wednesday. At this point, we will still gather in the Fellowship Hall this coming Wednesday evening for our 6:30 pm Lenten worship service. Holding gatherings for worship could change in the future. Please continue to check email, our church Facebook page, and the church website for future changes.
If you have any sign of a virus (be it a common cold, influenza A or B, COVID-19 or any other contagious virus) or someone in your home is sick with any virus, please for your own health and that of others, stay home and may you be well soon. Know that I will be holding you in prayer for God’s healing presence and comfort.
I leave us with a simple prayer:
Lord God, may we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors remember those who are most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent. May we who have the flexibility of taking care of our children when their schools close remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic marker, remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. As fear grips our county, let us choose love. And during this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen.
Peace and Grace,
Pastor Tom Dowling