at Faith Lutheran Church
UPDATE as of Thursday, March 19
Faith Lutheran Church is suspending all on-site worship services and activities until further notice. We encourage everyone to stay connected online, through phone calls, texts and any other way you can safely reach out.
We will continue to update as needed. Ministry leaders will continue to be in contact to answer any questions or pass along any concerns/needs.
From Pastor Woolsey:
“A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” (John 16:16 ESV)
Jesus loved his disciples. He was close to them. He saw their troubled hearts as he talked about going away. He spoke of his death and burial. Who isn’t troubled by that kind of talk. Yet, in that dark moment the words “in a little while” like whispered light told them of a reunion not too far off. Jesus' resurrection would reunite them just as God planned. Jesus showed His disciples on Easter that nothing can separate us ever! Nothing can separate the Shepherd from His sheep. Yet, Jesus would go away again into heaven to prepare a place for the Beloved family to gather forever with no good byes. A place where there is no such thing as “a little while” for we will be together with Him and each other forever! Yet, Jesus told them before he ascended that he isn’t really going away, not really. The Holy Spirit comes and teaches their hearts that Jesus is with us always. He says to us in these difficult times “in a little while.” Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is with us right now as he always will be.
Now let me speak to you as your undershepherd here at Faith Lutheran Church. We are facing our own little-while-trail and it grieves us. We are facing this time with our strong faith in the Lord and the blessed hope he has given us. We are not going to be able to gather for the while. How long, who knows? Lord willing (James 4:13-17), this will pass in a short amount of time but only He knows. We should fear, love and trust Him with the unknowns. My prayer is that in a little while we will be back together reaching God’s good gifts including the physical presence of each other. I want you to know I don’t like being separated from the Lord’s sheep. I need you in some ways as much as you need me. I long for this “little while to be over.” St. Peter wrote the same thing to Christians who faced difficult times: “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1Peter 1:6–7 ESV) sure feel like my faith is being fire-tested. Yet, in a time like this we find out just how valuable faith is, way more precious than gold. We will really appreciate being together in the Lord’s house like never before!
So what are you to do in the little while we’re separated? Remember that the Lord is with you. Return to the Lord your God with sincere repentance and experience his abounding and steadfast love for you. Read your Bible. Reach out to me and others. There are so many ways to stay connected today. Revere God by worshiping wherever you are and if you are able use our live streaming worship services. You can watch them live at our normal times or watch them at your convenience. Rejoice, that in a little while, Lord wills, we’ll see each other again.
In a little while and always in Christ