The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ –
This past week has again brought about another change in our society. Governor Polis mandated that as of July 16, 2020 at midnight that all people 11 years of age and older are required to wear a mask when entering or moving around in any public space. A number of you have contacted me about what we will be doing here at Trinity. Some have told me that they will not attend church if they are required to wear a mask. Others have told me that they will not attend if the rest of the congregation does not.
We are all angry. We think that our way is the best. Wear gloves, don’t wear gloves. Remain confined at home, leave home as often as possible. I know that you want me to do what you think is right and that your way is the only right way. In reality I’m struggling with these questions and mandates as much as you are. I’ve lost plenty of sleep trying to make decisions that will make everyone comfortable. No matter what direction we head in the future someone will be angry. So repent of your anger.
Instead of automatically going on the offensive and attacking first pause and consider putting the best construction on everything. Instead of attacking a pastor or church for not having congregational singing think for a few moments about why they may have decided to go down that road. Or why some churches have made the decision to remain closed since the end of March.
To that end I ask that when you attend the Divine Services this weekend and for the time the future: please remember your neighbor. But remember they are not just your neighbor that are your brother and sister in Christ. We have been bound together in the waters of Baptism as a family.
The elders and ushers are not police officers. We will continue offering services online for those that are uncomfortable attending in person. We will also continue to offer the Divine Service for those who desire to gather in person. Use the gift of reason and sense that God has given you not only for your own good but for the love of others.
To that end, Executive Order D 2020 138 is a mandatory statewide mask order that goes into effect at midnight on July 16, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days. It may be extended.
You can find a lot of information about this order at the link below. There is even a small section for “Houses of Worship”https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance
+If you are experiencing, or have in the last 14 days, any symptoms of COVID-19 such as high fever, dry cough, loss of smell and taste, sore throat, muscle pain, or chills, please remain home and join us on Facebook for the service.
+ If you have been recently and knowingly exposed to COVID-19 through social contact, please strongly consider remaining home and join us on Facebook for the service.
+ We are practicing Physical Distancing please keep a distance of 6 feet from others.
+ Please sanitize your hands often. Hand Sanitizer is provided in different areas of the building.
+ You are welcome to sit with your family during church, and are welcome to commune together.
+ Pews have been marked off in an effort to assist with Physical distancing.
+ Feel Free to take a Worship Bulletin, but please take it home with you today.
+ Communion is offered in a clean manor.
+ The offering Plate is in the Church as you enter and at the front of the pews on the lectern side.
+ While enhanced cleaning measures are in place… an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists anywhere people are present. By visiting Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19.
Rejoicing in the Lord always,
A Welcome Back
Every Sunday at 9:00 AM. we gather together to hear and receive the blessing of God’s Word, and to offer praise and thanksgiving to our loving Father for the great blessings and mercy given us through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We then can return home, spiritually refreshed and strengthened by God through His Word to serve Him and share His peace and love with our friends and neighbors and families. The service is also broadcast live every Sunday on KFTM 1400 AM.
The Lord’s Supper is celebrated every Sunday. In, with and under the bread and wine in this sacrament we receive Christ’s body and blood that assures us of forgiveness of sins and eternal life. We also receive strength to resist life’s temptations and pressures.
Those wishing to commune for the first time are asked to speak to the pastor prior to the service.
In the water of Holy Baptism the Word of God gives us forgiveness of sins, freedom from the power of sin, death and the devil, and gives eternal life to all who believe this. We invite you to join our Christian family through this Baptism and receive the blessings offered by our Lord Jesus to you and your children. If you are interested in Baptism please contact the pastor.
Sunday school for ages 3 through 8th grade meets at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.
Bible classes for high school youth meet at 10:15 AM. Sunday mornings.
Bible classes for adults meet every Sunday morning at 10:15 AM in the church parish hall.
Midweek confirmation for 6th grade meets on Tuesdays at 4:15pm at the Church. 7th & 8th grade class meet Wednesdays at 4:15pm at the Church.