Tuesday, March 17
Let me begin by sharing a quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther when he was dealing with The Black Death plague:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God." Luther's Works Volume 43 pg 132
Following the advice and guidelines from President Trump, Gov. Greg Abbot, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Rev. Matthew Harrison (President LCMS), Rev. Michael Newman (President Texas District LCMS), and a host of other sources both in the news and online, we have made the decision to go ahead with our Midweek Lenten Devotions tomorrow, March 18. The rationale is that these two gatherings at 12:30 pm and 7:00 pm pretty much fall in line with the guidelines of small attendance. Once again, please use your best judgment. If you are a person who is at high risk for any reason, please do not hesitate to stay safely in your home.
That being said, we have decided that we WILL NOT have services this Sunday, March 22. I am working on providing some resources for worship at home. Please stay tuned as things develop. Due to the rapidly changing circumstances, we will continue to monitor and let you know of any changes.