Grace to you and peace,
As we enter a New Year may the grace of God meet us in the days ahead. Many of us have great concern about the ongoing pandemic, and the social and political questions in these current days. The past and present times have been filled with moments of concern, anxiety, and sometimes grief. It is okay for us to acknowledge the stresses of life that affect us; however, let us also be assured that salvation is ever at hand.
As the Apostle Paul once quoted form Isaiah to encourage the church in Corinth:
” ‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’ See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2)
Despite the difficulties that caused Paul to write his letter in the first place, Paul embraced the assurance of God’s work and will within life. We can be equally certain that God is still working toward that same purpose of bringing deliverance, safety, and health into our lives, both now and eternally. We have good reason to continue on in hope and prayer, and to be of good courage in the midst of the hardships we face. The days will brighten, and life will be restored.
These moments call for us to live with patience and perseverance towards the day-to-day challenges we face. As the church governance board of the Lake City United Methodist Church and the church Council of the St. John Lutheran church have discussed these matters, we have decided it best to wait longer before returning to in person worship. We will not be meeting together for worship for the month of January. We will reassess our situation in the beginning of February. The health situation of our community remains a matter of great concern. Even as the numbers of those ill locally are not dramatically rising, we feel it best to remain cautious and not be the source of extending the spread of the COVID19 virus. With patience we will come through these days.
May you find moments to strengthen your faith and find God’s reassurance for you; even in the face of the challenges you face. May we keep one another in prayer and always know that we are not alone in the issues of life that we face. God is good and God’s love abides. As we continue to be the people God has called out and called together according to his Spirit, our world will find healing, and we shall find reason to offer up to God our thanks and praise.