April 2, 2020

Published April 2, 2020 by St Matthews Lutheran Church in Daily Message

28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. [Romans 8:28]

In an article in Living Lutheran called “Shaping the Church for the COVID-19 Generation”, Pastor Lee Ann Pomrenke starts with some questions:

What happens in childhood doesn’t stay in childhood.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as my husband and I improvise a school routine for our children at home, host church services online and answer every question with “not until the coronavirus time is over.” I have questions too. Will our children be shaped by this extraordinary time, as the Silent Generation was formed by the Great Depression? Will the church of their adulthood be significantly changed because of this experience?

                                                                              Living Lutheran, March 31, 2020

What will the lessons be for the “church”? Will protecting the vulnerable become a larger part of our picture as we self-quarantine for the sake of others or will memories fade when the pandemic is over? Will the church lead new patterns of faithfulness that respond with an expanded viewpoint or will we be myopic and self-absorbed?

As difficult as life is right now, Paul reminds us that God is in charge as long as we let God have the reins – that indeed all things work together for good for those….called according to his purpose. At St. Matthew’s, our theme is New Life. How can we offer that promise to others.

Pastor Pomrenke ends her article:

This will be the Holy Spirit’s time to shine. We can depend on the Spirit doing new things we could never have foreseen. I pray the church wants to go where she blows.

Let all God’s people say “Amen.”