Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, many of us have been grieved over the events of recent days concerning the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus and its effect on our society. The civil government has issued orders closing “non-essential facilities” and/or limiting the numbers of people gathered in one room to no more than ten. According to the statement of the Department of Health Services, “This order may include…places of worship and religious gatherings.” On the one hand, we desire to do all we can under God to follow the mandates of the civil realm; on the other hand, for us, as Christians, Christ’s Word and Sacraments are the one thing needful. Through these gifts Christ imparts to us forgiveness, life, salvation, and the strength to face uncertain times with courage and hope. By these gifts He prepares us for the day in which we will leave this vale of tears. Now more than ever, when there is so much fear and uncertainty in the world, we need to receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments.
If you are sick, stay at home. If you are in a high-risk group (compromised immune system, other health problems, or elderly) we will do everything we can to provide you with Christ’s Word and Sacraments.
The following schedule of services and opportunities to receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments is intended to meet the needs of all, based on your circumstance and level of comfort:
Weekend Divine Services: (Open seating in the nave; limit of 10 in the Gerhardt Room)
5:30 Saturday afternoon
7:45 Sunday morning
10:30 Sunday morning
No Bible Class, Sunday School, coffee or treats
No choirs until further notice
Wednesday Divine Services: (Open seating in the nave; limit of 10 in the Gerhardt Room)
6:30 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m
Daily Chapel Monday through Friday at 8:00 a.m.
Communion will be offered at the conclusion of the chapel service for those who request it.
Monday through Friday “Sign-up Communion Services” at 11:00 a.m.
5 opportunities will be available each week to receive the Lord’s Supper in a group of no more than 10 people utilizing individual cups.
Call the church office 262-246-3200 to reserve a spot on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In home communion for shut-ins and those who request it.
Pastor Bender or one of the other pastors in the congregation will bring the Lord’s Word and Sacrament to you in your home. Call the church office at 262-246-3200 to request a visit and Pastor will reply.
Note about Recordings Available online:
We will now offer recordings of the entire Sunday morning Divine Service as well as midweek Lenten sermons at https://anchor.fm/peacesussex.
You may also navigate to this link from the Peace website www.peacesussex.org. To navigate to the link, select the Downloads > Additional Recordings option, then click on the link under Divine Service for the Peace Lutheran Church and Academy Podcast.
Note about Recordings Available on a CD:
Those preferring a CD of any service may call the church office to request copies.
All choirs, Coffee Break Bible Study, and business gatherings of the congregations of greater than 10 people are cancelled until further notice.
Each week, in consultation with Pastor Gehlbach and the Board of Elders, the schedule listed above will be evaluated and adjusted as needed. If you have specific needs, please contact Pastor.