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Corona Virus Update
“He took our illnesses and bore our diseases . . . and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
At this time, our governing authorities and medical experts tell us that the corona virus will continue to spread in our country. More people will contract the virus and suffer illness, and some will die . . . just like many have died from pneumonia, car accidents, and war as a result of living in this fallen, sinful world. What do we do? We continue to pray to the God of mercy to heal and save us, and our Father in heaven promises to hear our prayers. We do not panic but trust in our Lord for deliverance.
In this time of national crisis, as we honor our authorities (Fourth Commandment) and help our neighbor (Fifth Commandment), we have the Christian freedom to keep the Third Commandment by worshiping at home. For three centuries, the early Church worshiped in house churches with smaller numbers before the advent of the cathedral churches with large masses.
Because of the spread of the corona virus, Governor Holcomb has issued a stay at home order and prohibited public and private gatherings outside of a single household unit until April 7. We will suspend our public worship services until that time. Please continue to worship at home on-line using the worship resources on our website at trinitydarmstadt.org/worship-service. You will find links to our recorded worship services and Worship Anew in addition to our worship bulletin with the full service for your participation. A copy of the Sunday sermon is also available at trinitydarmstadt.org/sunday-sermon. Daily devotionals are available at trinitydarmstadt.org/daily-devotions. Synodical resources are available at lcms.org/coronavirus.
For those who are not on-line, hard copies of the Sunday bulletin, sermon, and announcements are also being mailed to homes. Please call Pastor Temme if you would like to be added to the weekly mailing list. Worship Anew can be seen at 9:00 AM Sunday WEVV-TV Fox 44.2, Daily 7:30 AM & 7:30 PM WOW Channel 9, Sunday DirectTV Channel 377.
Please remain a good steward by mailing your offering to church in your offering envelope.
Please call Pastor Temme at 812-470-5007 or Pastor Knea at 920-285-9719 for any emergencies or for prayer and counsel.
Lent and Holy Week Services
Our Lenten theme for this year is The Crucified King according to the Gospel of St. Matthew, who paints with words the portrait of a royal figure—our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings. But Jesus is not presented in a way most kings would want to be remembered. He is not presented as “Jesus the Great” or “Jesus the Mighty.” Instead, St. Matthew presents to us a lowly king who is rejected and betrayed. A king who is denied and condemned. A king who is mocked, forsaken, crucified and buried. Jesus is The Crucified King. Below is the theme for each service, which begins at 7pm, except for the Saturday Easter Vigil at 6:30pm and Easter Sunday at 9:30am.
February 26 – Ash Wednesday – The King’s Wisdom
March 4 – Midweek Lent 1 – The King Betrayed
March 11 – Midweek Lent 2 – The King Denied
March 18 – Midweek Lent 3 – The King Condemned
March 25 – Midweek Lent 4 – The King Mocked
April 1 – Midweek Lent 5 – The King on the Cross
April 9 – Maundy Thursday – The King’s Feast
April 10 – Good Friday – The King Forsaken
April 11 – Easter Vigil – The King’s Empty Tomb
April 12 – Easter – The King Raised