“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19 (NIV)
During these days of “separation” at Liz Luth, I want to give thanks to God for those who are keeping things going with our Sunday worship services – and of course those extra Easter services. Thanks to Pastor Greg, his son, Adam, Pauline and Lila Hill who have been recording the services and to Tony and Edith Zimmerman who have been updating the church website (www.stpetersluthernelizabeth.net.au) and attaching the recorded audio podcasts, so that as many as possible can participate together.
There’s a new Facebook page – St. Peters Lutheran Congregation, Elizabeth South Australia.
Thank you also to the Pastoral Assistants (Elders) who have been busy printing and distributing the service orders and sermons.
There may be others also working in the background to bring services to us, and maintain our property and services, that I have failed to mention, or I am unaware of, but thank you to those people also.
Church Council will not be able to physically meet in the immediate future, but the various committees are going about serving the Lord in their roles. I have been trying to maintain contact via e-mail. With some recent vandalism – a broken window on the Wishford Road side of the sanctuary – David Lorke undertook the organising of the glazier and reporting to the SAPOL. We hope that will not be a regular pattern in the future. This event did occur in daylight hours whilst people were present, so we must be thankful that no one was injured. At the last couple of Church Council Meetings, security cameras had been suggested for the property. These would need to be integrated with the current security system, as I understand it. At the moment we are also sorting how the connection to the NBN will affect the existing security system also, so all of this may take a little time. A work in progress.
Our AGM was scheduled for May 25th, but again this is very much in doubt of happening. What I am proposing is simply to have the Book Reports printed and distributed so that everyone does at least have a picture of what has happened in our church during 2019.
I believe God is certainly doing a “New Thing” in our church, but probably not in the way that we may have expected – or in a way that we can see happening right now. If nothing else, we certainly have a lot more time on our hands to be praying and being attentive to the voice of God as to how we can reach out to our local community. Please continue to pray for our pastor and the pastoral assistants and your church council.
This is a strange time for all of us and so unnatural. Yet throughout history there have been times similar to this for the church. May we again be reminded from Psalm 46 (Luther’s Psalm), that “God is our refuge and strength.”
God’s blessings to you all.
Brenton Chomel - Chairman