So on Sunday March 22nd, Church Council and Elders met to consider suspending church services for an indefinite period of time for the safety of all in lieu of the COVID-19 virus apandemic. The outcome of that meeting was that most (not all) felt that they wanted to continue services at the church building. However, later in the evening “The Australian Cabinet” declared amongst other measures, that all places of worship in Australia should cease having gatherings. So in the end, the decision to suspend services was made for us.
This has not been an easy time for anyone. We love being together and worshiping God and lifting up our Saviour Jesus Christ together. This should not and will not change. All that has essentially changed is that we will not be doing so in the building we call “The Church.” We will continue to BE the church during this period of time, however long it may be.
Pastor Greg and the Elders, together with Tony Zimmerman have been hard at work preparing and distributing service orders and sermons for each Sunday both in electronic and hard paper copy forms. You may also wish to look around to see what other services are available Sunday mornings on TV, such as Songs of Praise, radio broadcasts, or You Tube and other internet “live streaming” from other churches, even if not strictly Lutheran. I personally enjoy listening to Chuck Swindol on Insight for Living. There may be others – even The Lutheran Hour.
The new address book is still being processed, but when completed it will be a useful way to stay in touch with other congregational members, even if simply to use as a prayer list. I don’t know at this stage if we will continue have a regular Church Bulletin and if so, what form that will take.
For those wondering about weekly offerings, you can use REG (Regular Electronic Giving) via the LLL or pay directly into the church account: Name: Elizabeth St Peters Lutheran Church Reserve Funds Account number: 100118763 (from LLL account number 28262S1) ; BSB: 704 942.
Please do not lose heart over these moves. God may be doing a new thing with and in us to get us out of our comfort zone for a season. Trust Him. He is in control, even when the world appears to be in chaos.
Brenton Chomel – Chairperson