Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
We are looking forward to the day when we will worship together again. That day may not be quite as close as either of us would like, but it is coming. But when that day comes, and until that day comes, will our eyes be on Jesus?
Will my eyes be on Jesus when I look out at a sanctuary full of people wearing masks?
Will my eyes be on Jesus when I still can’t shake hands with people I have been missing for months?
Will our eyes be on Jesus while we carefully maintain social distance from brothers and sisters in Christ?
Will your eyes be on Jesus as you read this email and begin thinking through your congregation’s plans for reopening?
This is going to be difficult, is it not?
There have never been so many distractions to turn our eyes from Jesus. The seating, the liturgy, the music, the method by which the Lord’s Supper is distributed, the inability to hug or shake hands, the date when we will next gather, just about every aspect of Sunday morning will have the potential to turn our attention away from Jesus.
Or we could let it do the opposite.
As I draw my next breath through a mask, I could remember how Jesus breathed His last upon the cross for my forgiveness. As I sit six feet away from dear friends, I could remember how Jesus was isolated not just from friends but from God, so that I never would be. As I receive the Lord’s Supper in an unfamiliar way, I could redouble my focus on the presence of Jesus’ body and blood no matter how it is received.
I could fix my eyes on worship, and become frustrated that my worship service is not as I want it to be. Or I could fix my eyes on Jesus and let all the distractions remind me that only one thing really matters: the presence of Jesus.
Jesus is worthy of my worship, no matter how unworthy my worship is of Jesus. So let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
We will continue with Open Sanctuary and Worship-in-the-Home for the present until we are able to understand the impact that the sudden re-opening of our state will have on the number of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin. Our intent is to ensure that once we re-open we are able to remain open, and that our gatherings do not contribute to putting excessive pressure on our medical facilities and personnel in the event of a surge of cases. We are not yet able to guarantee the date when we will return to services on our campus, but we do know that it will not be before June.
When we do return to large group gatherings, we will offer two services on Sunday mornings. Our early service will take place in the sanctuary and will follow the recommendations of the CDC for large group gatherings, including socially distanced seating and masks for all those two years old and older. Our late service will take place outdoors with worshippers providing their own seating, also socially distanced, but with no masks required. Both services will use the same, simpler liturgy. Both services will include communion, but distribution will be handled differently in each case.
We continue to refine the details for each service and look forward to sharing more information with you soon.
Open Sanctuary, Worship-in-the-Home, and service printouts will continue to be offered for as long as a significant number of our members are unable to safely join us in worship. The video at the bottom of this page will walk you through what to expect when you come for Open Sanctuary for the first time.
As you continue to worship in your home for the next few weeks, the re-opening of the state does afford you a new opportunity for fellowship. Are there people with whom you are already gathering socially or for work? Why not invite them to worship in your home with you? Our fellowship may include a smaller group of people, but that makes this a great opportunity for it to grow deeper!
Trinity’s office will be open Monday – Thursday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
We will be closed on Memorial Day.
The implementation of best practices regarding the office and main lobby will be available in the near future.
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Questions from Quarantine studies can be accessed from the front page of our website (under “Study”) or by clicking here.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. – Matthew 7:7-8
Please take a moment right now and pray for those listed below.
For Missionaries: David & Rachel Baker, Rev. Gary Schuscke serving in Germany, Hannah Shull (Taiwan)
Our military, serving our country: Sarah Geidel (Reserves), Mark Liedtke (serving in Fort Lewis, Washington), Eric Liedtke (serving on the USNS Comfort in New York), Rebecca Guild (serving in San Diego), Akan Udoeyop (serving in Germany), Madison Kessel Lyon (serving in Germany), Nicholas Zanow (Charleston, South Carolina), Kurt Degner (WI National Guard)
Celebrations: Howard & Carole Sager-56th Wedding Anniversary
Do you know of others for whom we should be praying? Let us know by sending an email to Trinity@trinityfreistadt.com.
You’re invited to join others in prayer every Sunday (10-10:30 am), Monday (8-8:30 am), and Wednesday (Noon-12:30 pm).
This video will walk you through what to expect when you come for Open Sanctuary. The volume came out a little loud, so you may want to turn down your speakers.
Sign up for Open Sanctuary here or by calling the church office.