Trinity Lutheran Church

Some Things Never Change

As I write this article for the April newsletter, changes are happening at a fast pace and the future is full of unknowns.

How will we observe Palm Sunday?  Will we be able to worship together during Holy Week and on Easter?  I wish we had this all figured out, but the situation keeps changing and we are doing our best to keep up and to communicate new information via email.

At the same time this congregation is in between votes to leave the ELCA. At its last meeting, your council tentatively set May 31 as the day to meet again for the second vote. But will we be able to gather by that time? 

Whenever the second vote is held, if it passes there are some other unknowns to follow. For example, I will not be able to continue as your interim pastor and the call process will change. How the joint arrangements with Trinity and Immanuel will be affected is another unknown. The hope is for these programs to continue unchanged. I imagine discussions and meetings will be held with Immanuel’s council and their new pastor, Rev. Jeff Corson.

On a personal level, people are being impacted emotionally, socially and financially. Everyone is facing changes and unknowns in their own lives.

At such a time as this, it’s good to know we have a God whose love, mercy, faithfulness and promises are unchanging. No matter what may come, God is with us. Dwell on these beautiful words from the Apostle Paul to the church at Rome:

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35, 37-39.

What good news! I see the love of God in Christ Jesus everywhere as people are responding to the present crisis with kindness, patience, concern, support and action.

So, even as we continue to deal with changes and unknowns, let us give thanks for what we DO know! Let us continually turn our hearts to God in prayer. Let us turn to God’s Word in Scripture and God’s Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. Let us continue to be alert to ways we can help others. Remember, prayer makes a difference!

May the Lord bless you and keep you in His unchanging love.

Pastor Gayle Pope