I’m deeply concerned about you, about each of you. With the numbers of people infected with COVID-19 on the rise, I want to make sure you’re okay. If you need anything, please call me. The number of people affected by this virus is also on the rise. If you need financial assistance, please call me. On behalf of Trinity, I’m able to help with a bill. This is always kept confidential between myself and whomever needs help. If that’s you reading this, I hope you’ll consider reaching out.
In the meantime, I want to share Psalm 91 with you in hopes that you can read this as a prayer. In the Psalm, the author names all kinds of trouble in life (we know something about that!). In spite of this, they still proclaim that the Lord is, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” This is the source text for the beautiful hymn, “On Eagle’s Wings.” It also happened to be well loved by John Satterlee, who died last week at the age of 90.
Funerals are different in the age of Covid-19. In this case, the family chose a graveside service. Although it looks different than what we’ve come to expect, the Word of God remains true. Therefore, we celebrate his life and continue to trust that he is, even now, in the fullness of God, even as we grieve. Right now in our world, it is a radical act of faith for us to proclaim that the Lord is, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.” And it’s an act of personal faith to pray this Psalm. I hope you’ll challenge yourself to pray this Psalm and to look for God’s presence in these unprecedented times.
Grace + Peace,
You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
6 or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your
refuge, the Most High your dwelling place,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
14 Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
15 When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them.
16 With long life I will satisfy them,
and show them my salvation.
Drive Through Communion: Sunday, 7/26 , 9 – 10 a.m. at Trinity!
Communion is a sacred gift to us from God. Jesus commanded that we “do this to remember” him and still serves as the host of this meal. Come. Receive this gift, be strengthened by the love and sacrifice of Jesus, be renewed. To prepare yourself for receiving communion, please worship online with us at 8 a.m.
- Enter parking lot on Lincoln Street
- Volunteers will direct you around the building
- Roll down your window to receive communion
- Gluten-free wafers available
Heart Chain Project
Thank you Sharon Armstrong for sharing your Heart Chain project with us! Everyday, she adds a heart to the chain until we gather again for worship. It’s not too late to start your own Heart Chain Project!
School Kits for Lutheran World Relief
Ruth Circle will be collecting school kits, supplies and or a monetary donation towards needed supplies again this year for Lutheran World Relief. We ask that if you feel comfortable shopping for the supplies that you would make a
complete kit and bring to the church on drive thru communion Sunday. Ruth Circle deeply appreciates your help in providing these much needed school kits. It has been a difficult year in every sense for our communities locally nationally and globally.
School Kit items:
- 16/24 Count Crayons
- 4-70 country spiral notebooks
- 1 ruler with centimeters
- 1 pencil sharpener
- 1 blunt scissors
- 5 unsharpened pencils with eraser
- 5 black or blue pens
- 1 2 1/2 inch eraser
Again, thank you for your help. If you have questions, contact Stephanie Beran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers Requested for…
Judy Almquist, Marsha Anderson, Sandy Anderson, Nick Bee, Linda Doerr, Melissa Endl, Kim Hannan, Renee Jensen, Ron Kemmerling, Bob Kyle, Phyllis Lang, Steffani Liebel, Rick Liebel, Jane Milan, Dan Morrow, Pam Nicholas, Debbie Pierce, Tom Pomraning, Violet Prust, Paul Reed, Shelley Scheurm, Ruth Smithback, Karen Weber, Donna Weeks, Aryzone Zick, Donald Zuehlke.
Do you have a prayer concern? Email the prayer force at
email@example.com. People will gladly pray for you with their whole hearts!