Corona Virus:  Where are we now?

Corona Virus: Where are we now?

As we continue to maintain “social distance” and stay at home recommendations, we are equipped with updates and educational information. Although there are no parameters as to when our current situation will end, I wanted to post a recent interview and facebook post from our own Beth Squires who is a professor at NIU and has a masters degree in public health. She talks about actions we can take to protect ourselves and others. Included are CDC recommendations for our mental health during this time. I pray you will continue to heed these recommendations not only to protect yourself and others but to ensure that the risks our first-responders, healthcare professionals and essential workers are taking is substantiated.

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Online Worship – 9:00 a.m. on 4.05.2020

Online Worship – 9:00 a.m. on 4.05.2020

We may not be able to worship physically together at St. Timothy Lutheran, but we can still worship together!  Please click below and experience our online worship today!  Sunday worship will be online and available at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday morning until we are able to share the peace in person once again! 

Peace be with you all!

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Lenten Devotion – Day 40 – Palm Sunday – Do not fear

Lenten Devotion – Day 40 – Palm Sunday – Do not fear

Matthew 21:7-9

They brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and [Jesus] sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’

Street scenes

There have been few more moving images in recent days than the cheers that accompany doctors, nurses and medical staff as they go into battle against the coronavirus. Images from Italy and Spain were among the first we witnessed. People leaned out windows along cobblestone streets shouting encouragement, and singing songs of pride and blessing.

They showered praise on those who do dangerous and exhausting work, day-after-day. Many are the stories of those who faithfully carry out this mission despite fears that they, like colleagues, may get sick or die.

These scenes of gratitude are heart-warming, but such thanks is not nearly enough. We must do everything we can to stop the spread of this plague through social distancing and using masks in public spaces like the grocery or pharmacy, etc.

These images from our streets also remind us of the Palm Sunday procession of Jesus on his donkey. “Hosanna,” people shouted at him, which means save us.

He came to Jerusalem to serve God’s kingdom by handing himself over to brutality and crucifixion. He did so to reveal the fullness of the heart of God and to establish a new community—a kingdom where love is the air we breathe and sacrificial service is our highest value and greatest aspiration.

Look at him as he rides toward his fate, as he forgives even from his cross, as he refuses to curse those who curse him. Just look.

To understand why, during these perilous times, we cheer those who serve at the risk of their lives, it has everything to do with Jesus on his donkey. His imprint on our civilization and our souls is unmistakable.

Praise him and give thanks for what is in his heart. Give thanks that this love is in your heart, too—and especially that this grace is in the hearts of those who battle for life, every day.

— Pr. David. L Miller

 


Prayer:  Let us walk your way, Lord Jesus, that we may redeem this time from loss and save many souls from sadness.

To ponder:  How can you walk Jesus’ way of welcome and peace, compassion and cooperation, courage and humility, the way of forgiving and sharing each other others’ struggle?