Psalm 56:9 reminds us, “The very moment I call to you for a Father’s help, the tide of the battle turns and my enemies flee. The one thing I know: God is on my side.” This Psalm stood true in biblical times, and it proves true in this day as well. Though there is great fear surrounding the threat of disease, we can rest assured that we have a Father in Heaven who is with us in all things. This truth is true especially today with the spread of the coronavirus.
As we navigate this unusual season, we want Good Shepherd to continue be a place where we find refuge from the fears and anxieties of this world. As we place all of our confidence in God, we wanted you to know what steps are being discussed with staff and leaders to help keep everyone safe and healthy as we continue to worship together. Take a look at our most up-to-date response BELOW:
Update March 17, 2020
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For the sake of love for our community, motivated by the love of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, empowered by the Holy Spirit of wisdom and understanding, grateful for the gifts of God our Father, we will not gather in person until further notice. This will be replaced by online worship, taking advantage of the technical means which God has provided us. This includes all in-person worship services, Bible studies, meetings, and other small group gatherings. We will re-evaluate this on a regular basis and let you know when we can resume our in-person gatherings.
ONLINE WORSHIP: Join us at 5:45 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, and 7:00 p.m. Wednesday nights during the season of Lent. Services will resemble the style and format that you are used to. Online services can be accessed via our website under the “Watch Live” button in the middle of the screen. You can access this link directly by typing in the following URL in your browser: www.gslcfremont.org/messages.
OTHER OPTIONS: For those who do not have access to a computer or online media, we are working on a prerecorded DVD option and Paper Handout option that will allow you to still worship. Please let the church office know if you are interested.
GIVING: Please keep in mind your personal tithe, as these events will likely impact Good Shepherd financially. We will continue to remind you of ways you can access this online, especially during worship. Our online giving page is www.gslcfremont.org/give and can be accessed on our website under the “Give” tab. Even if you have never used this before, we are asking that you give this option serious consideration.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Call and reach out to fellow members, helping them connect to online worship, other options, and any resources we send out. Pray for and reach out to those who might be isolated. We are all in this together.
This past weekend in worship, we reflected on Romans 8 which reminded us, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ...No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Even when we face unusual days like this, we can be certain that God is the same yesterday as He is today and nothing will separate us from His love and provision.
As a church we are not motivated by fear as the world is, but we are motivated by love. As we look at the Fifth Commandment, Luther reminds us: “We are to fear and love God, so that we neither endanger nor harm the lives of our neighbors, but instead help and support them in all of life’s needs.” For centuries, the Church has answered this calling by serving, even in the worst of times, including times of disease.
We will continue to listen to our local, state, and federal officials who have recommended and even mandated smaller environments for meeting for the time being. Let us join together in prayer for the health of our nation and world, that the Lord would minimize the effects of this new virus, and bring about effective ways of treating and healing this disease.
Again, please join us in our online gatherings as much as you are able. We look forward to seeing you in person once again after making it through this season.
Your Leadership Council