This is certainly not the newsletter article I thought I would be writing, but here we are. By now, the COVID-19 virus has become a global pandemic. Holy Cross, out of love and concern for each other, has been asked to forego meeting together for a time. Pastors all across the country are trying to find ways to minister to their congregations and keep God’s Word in their hearts and minds. Some of us are becoming more familiar with video technology than we would have otherwise.
While we cannot meet tighter for a time, what can we do? What follows are a few suggestions.
Wait – As we await the Easter celebration during the Lenten season, be patient. “Every storm runs out of rain”. Take wise precautions and practice good hygiene. Take God’s Word in your hands and read. Open your Bible and re-read your Small Catechism.
Watch – Many congregations have been working hard to provide worship services in alternative formats. Be sure to check the Holy Cross website at www.holycross-crawfordsville.org. Worship services may also be available on DVD for those with no internet access.
Hope – Hope for Christians does not mean “wish”. Our hope is sure and certain. We have rock solid trust in the promises of God. Jesus Christ is our confidence and His tomb is forever empty. See Psalm 4, Psalm 34, Jeremiah 29:1, Matthew 6:25-34, and Romans 8:28-39.
Pray – Pray always. Pray for healthcare workers and others on the front lines of caring for the sick and vulnerable. Pray for Pastors and congregation and for the ill. The needs of our families, neighbors, our leaders, and our nation should drive us, in repentance and faith, to implore our Heavenly Father to bring a swift end to these days of trial.
Most of us have never lived through a global pandemic before. The times seem uncertain. Fear not, as God says in Isaiah 43:1. Thank God for His grace and the forgiveness of our sins in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed! Alleluia!
Come to Holy Cross – Jesus is here – for you!
Your Servant in Christ our Lord,
Pastor Jeffrey Stone
Proverbs3 Verses 5 to 6.  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1