July 2, 2020

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

Covid 19 has been disorienting at the least. Without our regular gathering around word and sacrament, we’ve had to discover new ways to be church and to serve neighbor. Virtual worship, meetings, gatherings have become the “new normal” and we yearn for that time when we can be together to worship, when we can physically reach out in love, when we can be the church in the old usual ways.

What can we do in this time of social distancing for the sake of neighbor? Pray.

We pray for the diversity of families—single parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, and blended families—that they may know and share God’s love.

We pray for opportunities to listen deeply and learn from others. 

We pray for parents of newborns and of newly adopted children. 
We give thanks for play dates at the park, hikes in the woods and picnics with friends. 

We give thanks for church communities that become family. 

We give thanks for laughter among friends. 

“The power of presence”, Faith & family: Growing together,  Kimberly Knowle-Zeller , Living Lutheran, June 30, 2020