We are in new and challenging times that will require us to adapt, accept changes to the way we do life, including ministry and even allow for imperfections. This will also need some extra grace and compassion to each other and the wider community.
Please rely on official government sites for update and accurate Coronavirus general information
Be wary of any information or advice that is in conflict with the official government statements.
- If you are ill in anyway stay at home, especially if you are showing symptoms of the flu, cold or Coronavirus, seek medical advice
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds regularly
- Avoid touching your face and things
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
From the outset it is important to remember that the restrictions the government is placing on our community is for the wellbeing of the entire community, so it is important that we follow these as best we can, whilst at the same time not give up trusting God, being God’s people and caring for each other and others.
Some things to think about as God’s people
Remember we are not the first Christians to experience challenges and much of the New Testament is written in a context of people facing challenges that affect them responding in a Christian way.
Martin Luther wrote an article ‘Whether one may flee the plagues’, if you haven’t read the article please do so
In short Luther says the bible suggests that we:
1. Trust that God is at work amongst this mess. (and as His church we are part of His work).
2. Don’t live in fear but take reasonable precautions.
3. Be careful who you listen to, listen to the experts.
4. Live out your Christian calling to love God and love others.
5. Where you can’t provide care or love to people, make sure they are cared for.
Also, we have some biblical guidance of what it means to be church, in good, difficult and ordinary times including:
- Trust God always……read Psalm 46, Proverbs 3:1-5
- Recognising that out of bad God can and will do good……read Genesis 50:19-21, Romans 8:26-28
- Keeping our focus on Jesus and the Spiritual heavenly eternal blessings, read Colossians 3:1-4, Hebrews 12:1-3
- Living a life of loving God and loving others….read Mark 12:29-31, and 1 John 4:16-21
- Recognising and helping people see that God loves them even when life becomes difficult….read Romans 8:35-39
- Being people of hope and thankfulness…..read Romans 5:1-5, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-20
- Not giving up meeting together (which includes worshipping, praying and studying the bible together, although we need to do this more creatively) …. read Hebrews 10:19-25.
This time will test us as individuals and as a church, as we are being forced into changing our habits, whilst at the same time reflecting on what practices we can pursue to continue growing in our relationship with God and others, and to live a life of loving God and others.
How we are helping each other be God’s people
- Every Friday by 1pm an email will be sent to all our mailing list updating you If you are not on our mailing list you can sign up here
- Join and like our Facebook page
- 10.30am in person is continuing at present with limited capacity and tighter precautions. This will be reviewed weekly.
- Online worship is beginning this week (22 March 2020). You can access this at our Youtube Channel please also subscribe as this will help us and you or you can visit our online church site
- On Tuesdays at 11am and 7pm for an hour you are welcome to join us for chat, to touch base online…. You can join this gathering by visiting this link
- This will start on Tuesday 31 March 2020
Online Bible Study
- On Wednesdays at 11am and 7pm for an hour you are welcome to join us for chat, to touch base online…. To join the bible studies email email@example.com so he can email you pdf material and join us by visiting this link
- This will start on Wednesday 1 April 2020 and the studies will be for no more than 90 minutes
Pastoral Care Callers
- We are developing a team of people who will call members and contacts of St Paul’s on a regular basis
- In calling people we are aiming to remain in contact with people, be a listening ear, let people know what we are doing and remind them they are still loved and cared for by God
- If you are willing to be part of this team contact Pastor Richard 0418 303406 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Care by Pastor Richard
- Pastor Richard is available to assist you where he can.
- Feel free to contact him to discuss you needs, for a chat, for prayer or to arrange appropriate pastoral care.
- He will make hospital visits by phone, unless it is an emergency
- He is available where needed for home visits, funerals and other pastoral care appointments
- Ring him on 02 9331 1822 or 0418 303 406.
Please continue giving so ministry and mission can continue and we can return to being a healthy church when the threat is over
At St Paul’s your ministry and mission relies mostly on people, like you, giving to our ministry and mission. Most of our costs will continue and we will incur some additional costs so we can change the way we are doing church. Around 65% of our offerings come through the plate on Sundays, the other 35% have been people choosing to give through online banking.
If you financially give to St Paul’s or wish to begin giving, we encourage you to give regularly online.
To do this:
- From your internet banking account making arrangements to regularly transfer your offerings to St Paul’s REG account BSB: 704942 Account: 5397651, or
- Complete the LLL REG Direct deposit form
- Give using the LCA St Paul’s Donations page
- If you would prefer not to give online please send cheques to St Paul’s Sydney Lutheran Church, PO Box 416 Darlinghurst 1300
Precautions we are taking
- Following Federal and State government advice
- Following LCA guidelines
- Whilst our regular worship attendance is under 100, our building allows less than this so we will be maintaining worship attendance at permissible levels
- We encourage you to not panic, be overly fearful but to take responsible precautions.
- We encourage you to wash your hands before worship and before morning tea.
- We are making available hand-gel sanitisers for all attendees to use.
- We are encouraging everyone to think of others. If you have any symptoms of the flu, the Coronavirus or other infectious diseases please do not attend public gatherings, nor share food and seek medical advice.
- Look for ways we can serve each other, and the wider community during these challenging times.
- Holy Communion has now been suspended until further notice.
- Morning Tea will be available in disposable cups and commercially prepackaged biscuits, popcorn or chips
- Pastor Richard is available for personal visits and prayer, either by phone or if essential in person
As we live in these challenging and trying times remember that Jesus has promised to be with us and He has given us His Spirit and each other….
Pastor Richard Schwedes