Have you ever felt that way? The spouse or parent doesn’t feel loved; the child who can never seem to do anything right for his parents; the employee who messed up on the job again; the Christian who feels useless due to Covid isolation – we all may feel from time to time that we just aren’t worth much – if anything at all!
Can I renew a positive self-image by focusing on my skills, accomplishments, relationships, financial resources, or appearance? Will self-hypnosis, affirmation and visualization techniques, or self-help books build my self-esteem? These human efforts may provide a temporary, superficial lift to our emotions. But will they help us when the next wave of despair sweeps over?
Who can assure us of our true, eternal value? Who can provide us with true, eternal love and security?
Only God can. His Holy Spirit through His Word directs us away from the focus on ourselves, to Him. He reveals what God has done for us through His Son Jesus. God’s eternal Son loves us so much He gave His life-blood on the cross to take away our sin. In Jesus we see how much God values us, loves us, and provides for our eternal life in heaven.
His Apostle Paul said, “Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”
In Jesus we find a status before God that we could never produce, a love from God that is unfailing, and the security for life in knowing that our Savior who loves us will be with us each and every day.
While unable to physically gather in our church, the gospel of God’s love for you in Christ is still proclaimed through the ministry of our church. Rejoice as you learn God’s Word at home. Take heart as you read the Meditations
and other Christ-centered commentaries and devotionals our publishing house offers. Zoom in regularly, eagerly every Sunday to hear and learn God’s Word.
During this time of isolation, isn’t it even more important to learn of our Savior who lived, died, rose, and reigns over all things for us?
continues on Zoom. This Sunday we celebrate the Festival of Pentecost and the gifts God give us through His Holy Spirit. June 7th
is the Festival of Holy Trinity. Are all “gods” the same? How can we believe in a “Triune God” if we can’t understand Him? Join us to learn that the one God in three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is the only God, the God who has saved you eternally, and who guides you to your heavenly home!
Sunday Bible Study:
We continue our Matthew Bible study through June 21. We will learn from the words and works of Jesus in Matthew 8 & 9. Join us to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ! Our summer “20 minute” Bible study will begin July 5th
Wednesday Bible Study
concludes June 3rd
, 7:00 with a lesson encouraging us to “Trust in the Providence of the Lord,” Habakkuk chapter 3. We’ll resume in the fall.
Women’s Bible study
concludes June 5, 9:30 a.m. We’ll resume in the fall.
Bible Information Class
continues in the month of June. Due to other meetings and commitments, we’ll be meeting Tuesday, June 2, 7:00; Wednesdays, June 17, and 24, 7:00, and Monday, June 29, 7:00. We’re studying the following topics: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Justification by Faith; Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper in June. Contact Pastor Schultz for the weekly lesson guide if you’d like to join us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Elders’ Committee –
Tuesday June 2 9:30 a.m.
Church Council –
Monday, June 15, 7:00
Church Council –
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00.
Voters’ Meeting –
Sunday, June 28, 10:45 a.m.
Virtual District Convention
Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, 7:00 .m.
St. Paul’s New Pastor
We’re thankful the Lord is sending Seminary graduate Chester Reinemann to serve us. His wife, Anna, and he will move, Lord-willing, at the end of July or early August. After settling in and potentially being in quarantine for 2 weeks, we’ll plan the ordination and installation service for mid-August. Keep them in your prayers that the Lord grants a safe move, an easy entrance into Canada, and His richest blessings in their new home and ministry as pastor of St. Paul!
Vacation Bible School –
We’re making plans for a virtual VBS July 7-9, 9:30 – 10:30. Watch for details, and invite your friends!
When Can We Gather For Worship at Church?
- The provincial “Guidance for Places of Worship” still encourages hosting services on-line.
- In-person gatherings are restricted to 50 maximum, or 1/3 of the building capacity, whichever is less.
- A system for ensuring provincial regulations must also be in place:
- Congregants use online self-screening tool before every visit; not allowed to attend if experience cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat.
- Persons who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days or have had close contact with confirmed Covid case are prohibited by Law from attending.
- Posters must be posted advising these guidelines, as well as directing traffic, encouraging hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
- Attendees are encouraged to wear non-medical masks.
- Risk mitigation signs from the Government of Alberta website must be posted around the church.
- We must control or stagger entry into and exit from the church, establishing different points of entry and exit where feasible.
- We must mark seating to ensure physical distancing, and use floor marking to encourage physical distancing where congregants are required to line-up for communion.
- We must clean and disinfect high traffic areas, common areas, and washrooms, including shared surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, faucets and taps, railings between each service.
- We must provide hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content at entrances, exits, and throughout the place of worship.
- Social activities are not permitted, singing is discouraged, with soloists completely separate from congregation, wearing facemasks while singing.
- Shaking hands, hugging, touching, or passing items between people must not occur.
- For communion – “food or drink” must be served in pre-packaged or individual portions. Physical contact between the serving individual and congregants must not occur. Designated serving individuals should wash/sanitize hands immediately before serving and wear non-medial mask for duration of time spent serving.
- We cannot share items such as hymnals. We cannot pass offering plates but should designate an area for offerings. Touching of offerings collected should be minimized for the first 24 hours. We are to encourage online offerings/donations.
With these restrictions and barriers, our councils to date have determined the use of Zoom worship is reaching the most people with God’s saving Gospel.
We can still explore “communion” worship in small settings, but from the guidelines you can see there would be many distractions and preparation/sanitization supplies necessary.
Thank the Lord He has promised us an everlasting communion in the place where there is no sin, disease or death! Read Revelation 21 & 22 and get excited about the life to come!
Meanwhile, pray for the Lord to let this disease pass, or enable our society to learn to deal with it so we can return to worshipping Him together, which is the desire of every Spirit-filled heart!