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The Church has left the building

Posted March 11, 2021
The Church has left the building


It was just about one year ago, when our Good Shepherd family learned a lesson. The lesson was brought to us courtesy of the COVID virus. The lesson? The “church” is NOT the building! THE CHURCH is wherever God’s Word is faithfully proclaimed and the Means of Grace are shared with God’s faithful people! 

Although some of us may have struggled with not being able to “GO” to church, we know that God’s presence is not limited by anything that man has built. Even as King Solomon dedicated the temple to God he asked the question, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!” (1 Kings 8:27)

On March 17, 2020 our church leadership decided for the health and safety of our members, that we would suspend onsite worship at 195 Nesler Road. Our Tech Team QUICKLY pivoted to online streaming and we soon began to connect with people in their homes! What a concept! You can “go” to church…in your home! Now don’t get me wrong, God continues to call us to gather together to receive His gifts of grace! (“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near!” Hebrew 10:24-25) But, online worship has been a blessing to many even AFTER we reopened the church building on June 14, 2020. We welcome you BACK to church at Nesler road where we continue to offer a safe and healthy worship experience. 

This Sunday, March 14 at 3:00 PM we will gather at 1111 Van Street as we give thanks to God for the blessings that He shared with us at our church building for 82 years! We will celebrate how faithful pastors shared God’s word of comfort through the years. We will recall how the Means of Grace of Baptism and Holy Communion were shared with many providing forgiveness of sins. It will be a bittersweet celebration as we say “good bye” to a place we have known so well. But we also realize that God has now called us to a new place to share Jesus' love and proclaim His Word. We know that Jesus has called us to “Go into the world…!” (Matthew 28:19-20)

I pray that you will offer a special prayer of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness and the faithfulness of generations that have gone before us at Good Shepherd. Jesus’ promise is STILL true. “I will be with you always!”

Trusting in Jesus’ love!

Pastor Maske

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