March 26, 2020
Prince of Peace friends,
How are you doing? For some, the level of activity has gone down while the level of anxiety has gone up. For others, these last two weeks have meant harder work, longer hours, and more stress. For everybody, there are big question marks floating over our lives. What will happen next? Will things start getting closer to normal, or will they first get farther away from normal? Will there ever be “normal” the way things were before?
Moses, a man who witnessed the death of thousands as a whole generation of people died during a 40-year desert camp-out, put things in perspective: Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1,2) I like that: “from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” There is someone among us who has seen it all before. We may be thrown by what’s happening, but he is not. So we can know that the Lord is “our dwelling place.” Our own homes may be places where we are hunkering down to stay safe, but even the most secure of homes is not infallibly safe. (As if to emphasize that point, as I began writing this message this morning I felt two aftershocks ripple though my home!) But the Lord is sure. He is a foundation that cannot be moved. More ancient than the mountains and existing before the world itself, the Lord God is a dwelling place that cannot be shaken. His words that assure us of his forgiveness and love are rock-solid. So are his promises to care for us.
So let’s keep going to the Lord and listening to his voice. Have you been checking out the services streaming live here on www.popslc.org and www.facebook.com/PrinceOfPeaceLutheranSLC? If not, please do that. You can find services happening live at the regular times: Thursday at 7pm, Sunday morning at 8am & 10:45am. These services are also available after the live stream. On popslc.org, you can view the last service that aired, and on the Facebook page you can scroll down and watch the last several.
Our services are good not only for watching yourself, but also for sharing. Feel free to use the “share” feature on Facebook, or just point people there or to our website. It could be that now is a time when people might investigate a church and the Bible’s message.
A few notes on things happening and coming up:
Holy Communion was offered at church on Tuesday and Thursday this week for individuals, families, and small groups. We can do this next week, too, or if you can’t come at any of the times that will be posted, contact a pastor and we can make other arrangements.
Several people have volunteered to make phone calls to all Prince of Peace members. Why? To see how you are doing, to let the pastors know if you have any special spiritual needs, to offer to help you with anything if they can. Some of these folks who will be calling you may not know personally, but they want to offer help, so if they call, please take a moment to report on how you are doing.
We have a small food pantry at church, and we’ve been making use of it this past week. Food is there if you need it, or if a friend or neighbor does. If you would like to pick up some food or if you want to donate some food, probably the easiest way is to contact me, Pastor Micheel, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 801-783-6458. I live close to church and can meet you there (or there might be someone in the building who can let you in).
We are planning a call meeting next week to call two teachers for our school. The call meeting will happen via Zoom, an online meeting platform that many of us have gotten to know in the past two weeks. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, at 7pm. A link will be sent out for you to join the meeting if you’d like. Voting members are especially encouraged to tune in. Everyone else is welcome tAo view the candidates and share your thoughts.
If there is someone you know who is not getting these messages but wants to, please contact one of the pastors or the office (email@example.com) to be added to the email list.
We’re in the process of assembling a family devotional/Bible study packet with different activities to do by yourself or with your family/friends. Watch for that in the next few days. In the meantime, check out the resources on www.wels.net and www.nph.net, our church body and our official publisher.
Welcome to new members Tiffany Vail and Jaime Rodriguez, both confirmed within the last week or so. Welcome!
That’s all for now. Remember, the Lord is our God from everlasting to everlasting!