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“The Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth”- Martin Luther
It will have been over three months now that our State Shut Down has been in force. It seems incredible it has been that long, and we are left to wonder, long enough? What has been truly remarkable is how steady you have all been through this. The resilience and patience you have all shown is an inspiration. Some of our oldest members and the most hopeful have seen trouble before and got through it! Through it all God has been with us and will be with us. Luther’s words to “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” are especially resonate as we shelter at home. Our homes have become fortresses of safety in the face of this deadly virus. We feel “holed up” in our homes, eager to get out, yet fearful of all that is still threatening us. Yet Luther writes, “The Spirit and the gifts are ours through him who with us sideth.”
The Spirit has gifted us with many things in this season as we anticipate moving into the Season of Pentecost. The Spirit has kept us connected in mystical and pragmatic ways. We have been gifted with faithful members, intelligent leaders, new expertise and learning curves, and positive attitudes that have spread hope among us. This is the Spirit’s work, the Spirit’s way of making a way for us in the wilderness of pandemic. This is a Pentecost I will never forget for more than ever I see the Spirit moving in and through us to uphold each other and care for our community.
These gifts are given us to remind us that God does not dwell in buildings but in hearts. While we long to gather, in the power of the Spirit, we are gathered. As we celebrate this Pentecost on May 31, we will broadcast from our sanctuary for the first time since March. Only Ken Richmond, Judy Entenman, myself, and Bill Lewis will be present as we are not open for public worship and may not be for months ahead. But I hope we will see in that particular broadcast that our corporate Fortress is still there and will be there when we can return and celebrate our Easter! You will see that our stained-glass window has been repaired. You will see a yard and facility faithfully maintained by our custodian Tonie Lokker and our Board of Trustees. You will see the preparations that will make it safe for us to gather, for we will not open if we cannot assure the safety of every single one of our precious people. You see in the power of the Spirit, it is the Lord Jesus himself who is with us, the “right man, on our side” as Luther puts it, and he has won the battle. We will get through this stronger in the Spirit than ever before. Thanks be to God for God’s gift of the Spirit that keeps us in his love.
Pastor Linda Farmer-Lewis