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Nothing will be able to separate 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 8:38-39 (NRSV)


We are living in a strange and difficult time. Precautions prompted by the COVID-19 virus pandemic have disrupted many aspects of our day-to-day life together as a community, as a nation, and as a global family. I grieve the fact that we are not able to currently gather together in-person for worship. The building is eerily quiet and dark. And yet, our work as Christians and the mission and ministry of our congregation continue nonetheless! Our challenge during this time is to continue being the Church in new and creative ways. Honestly, we have many opportunities before us as well to share the Gospel of Christ our Lord in a time when hope is the message we all desperately need to hear. My message to you is this: do not be afraid. 365 times throughout Scripture this is the message given to God's people during times of uncertainty. We are in this together, and Christ is by our side. This too shall pass, and we will be gathering together again, side-by-side, when the appropriate time comes.


The passage from Romans I share with you today is a message of profound hope. These words are woven into the liturgy and prayers for funeral services for that very reason. Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing. Let us never forget that promise.


My role and capacity as your pastor does not change during this time. Please know that every member and friend of American Lutheran Church is being held constantly in my prayers. Though I may not be able to visit in person at the moment, I am always available for meaningful conversation and prayer by phone. I know that creates a very different dynamic, but my availability to you is of utmost importance to me.


Last month I created a YouTube channel for our congregation and have been posting abbreviated worship services and messages. To find our channel simply enter click here. These videos are also being shared to our Facebook page which is also titled, @LPC American Lutheran Church. As of last month we now have the ability to receive online offering gifts as well. Our giving platform is called Tithe.ly and can be accessed through our website: www.lpcamericanlutheran.org. You can also download the Tithe.ly app for IOS or Android smartphones. Online giving is fast, safe and secure. Tithe.ly allows you to give via credit/debit cards or ACH. You are also welcome to continue giving to the mission and ministry of our congregation by mailing checks to our church office or by setting up direct payment through your financial institution. Our YouTube channel and online giving platform are tools we will continue to use well beyond our current realities dealing with COVID-19.


Again, we are the Church regardless of our ability to meet in person, and the Good News of Jesus Christ will continue to be proclaimed through this community of faith for generations to come. I invite you to check in with your neighbords and friends during this time to remind them of God's abiding love for them. Many people may being to feel lonely or isolated because of our physical distancing, but we can all take an active role in sharing the light of Christ and His message of hope in our midst. Nothing will be able to separate us. Nothing. Thanks be to God!


God bless,

Pastor Nathan