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EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

OF THE HOLY TRINITY

502 Main Street, Irwin, PA† 15642††† 724-863-7350

ďRemember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19

 

I would not have predicted in March 2020 that Coronavirus would have such an impact on the world. 14 months later, over 550,000 Americans have died of the virus, hospitals and crematoriums in India cannot keep up with those infected, Pittsburgh public schools are just going back in person, some congregations- even in southwestern Pennsylvania- have not met in person, theaters are still dark.

 

Godís people knew about change, Isaiah 43 was written when some of the Israelites were in exile in Babylon. The temple had been destroyed along with most of Jerusalem. They couldnít have imagined the dwelling place of the Lord no longer being there, or their children being born in a former land- yet that is where they were. Yet it is to such a time that these verses were first heard, letting them know that they had not been forgotten or forsaken, but a new thing was taking place. It was after this that the Bible was written, done instead of transmitted orally for the first time. People realized that worship could take place outside of the temple or tabernacle and they began to worship and learn in synagogues. People looked with hope towards the future.

 

What is God calling us into today- as individuals, a congregation, and a broader church? With coronavirus, some things will never go back to how they were. Some of these are more obvious- Iím not sure if ball pits at fast food restaurants will ever be popular again. Most new things that God is doing might not be known for years to come as in the time of the exile. Like the Israelites 2600 years ago, God is asking us to be open to doing the things that are being done and not just cling to what was.

 

Thank you God for doing new things to help us grow in our relationship with you and one another.

 

 

Yours in Christ,

 

 

Pastor Sarah

Rachel got her second shot! When she has procedures at the hospital, it is such a relief to know that she has a greatly reduced chance of being positive and that she will be able to have the procedure and get her nutrition. I am so thankful she never tested positive while in the hospital and hate to go through the what ifs of a year thatís been bad enough.

 

Pastor Sarah