Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,
One of the biggest challenges over these last four months, has been the change in our routines. Rather than go away to work, one works from home. Rather than spend our summer evenings watching/listening to baseball, we go for walks. Rather than worship on Sunday morning, we catch a service on YouTube on Monday evening. Rather than having a get together with twenty family members, we gather with just a few family and friends. These changes are not all negative, but because they are so many, they tend to challenge our wellbeing. The above verses from Isaiah remind us that the routines of weekly worship, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, Bible Study, and individual payer and devotional life are not empty rituals, even if at times they feel that way. Rather they are the ways our gracious Lord brings his message to bear on our lives. These churchy rituals are filled with God’s Word, and because of that continue (as much as you are able) partaking in them. For through this Word God brings Jesus himself into our lives, and with his forgiving and loving presence, we know that God is at work in our lives.
Yours In Christ,