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Pastoral Letter May 22, 2020

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Eph 6:18 NLT

 

Grace and peace to you dear friends,

 

We are now 10 weeks into social distancing. When this all began we likely all imagined it would be a couple of weeks; we approached the then novel idea of staying at home with intrigue. We took on baking bread, we became hunter-gatherers searching for toilet paper, bleach, and yeast. We embraced online worship. We were afraid as infection numbers climbed and borders closed. We collectively joined a global effort to keep everyone as safe as possible.

 

And then the weeks continued. We worshiped online, learned how to join virtually for Holy Communion and began sewing masks. We’ve made home classrooms for our children, shopped online and our hands became weathered from washing. We witnessed the tiredness of hospital workers, the digging of graves, the cluttered ICU units. And still we stayed home to protect one another.

 

Thank you for your massive expressions of love and care. It’s hard to hold the line for so long, especially when we never imagined just how long we would need to do so. Thank you for your offerings that continue to support Holy Spirit’s ministry. Thank you for donations of food for the hungry who still come to our doors. Thank you for your encouragement and trust. Thank you for staying home.

 

Many of you are wondering when we will be back to in-person worship. The short answer is “not soon.” The nature of worship and community are high risk activities. So, we ask you to persist a little longer. Our bishop has formed a team to review and make recommendations for reopening of congregations. In the meantime, be encouraged to keep worshipping, keep connecting online – because God is still guiding our church family!

 

We also need your help!

  • We could use some help with discerning, sourcing and implementing technology needs for online worship.
  • Celebrate with your church family. Send in a note about birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or other celebrations that we may share in Sunday worship.
  • Lawn maintenance – call the church office to put your name on the schedule.
  • Record a Bible reading for worship. Learn to write community prayers. Check with the office for more information.
  • Pray for our staff and council. It means a lot!

 

As we continue in the difficult work of love, we are here for you! We are still available for conversations, prayers and counselling. If you have any concerns, please be in touch.

 

May you and your loved ones be blessed as you stay home. May you be blessed in your tiredness and uplifted in your loneliness. May you be blessed as you try new things. May God comfort your restlessness. May the Holy Spirit fill your breath and keep you in good health.

 

In peace,

Pastor Trish and Pastor Lindsey

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Welcome to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

 

In this place you feel the full, liberating embrace of Christ’s love and you are inspired to be the best version of yourself and share Christ’s love with everyone you meet.

All are welcome in this church, and all means all.  
 
You are welcome regardless of your country of origin or ancestry.
You are welcome regardless of whether you are one day, 10 years, or 100 years old; whether you are male, female or transgendered; whether you are a new or lifelong Christian, of another faith, agnostic, atheist, or have never set foot in a place of worship. 
All are welcome here.
You are welcome regardless of whether you are single, married, divorced, separated, widowed or partnered, whether you are straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual; whether you are politically active, apolitical or indifferent; whether you own your home, rent, live with your parents, or are homeless; whether you are mentally, physically, or not noticeably challenged or gifted. 
All are welcome here. 
This church is committed to being a loving and welcoming Christ- centered community of faith. Therefore, in faithfulness to the Gospel, in reflection of our Lutheran heritage, and in honour of our shared baptismal covenant, we promise to seek ways to enter into shared ministry with all who would seek God here.
 
"There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus."  Galatians 3:28 (NRSV)

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