Dear Hope Family,

It is with much regret that we, with consent of the Board of Elders, need to cancel worship services at Hope Lutheran Church until at least April 5th due to the health order issued yesterday by the Johnson County government and the Board of Public Health as follows: 

Board of Public Health (BOCC) issued an emergency public health order to update Dr. LeMaster’s March 16 order that prohibited public gatherings of more than 10, until 11:59 p.m, on April 2. The new order removes an earlier exemption of religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. Government and judicial functions, healthcare facilities and private businesses remain exempt from the order. 

We have been struggling with the decision whether to hold worship services at Hope, but we need to remember God gives us government leaders and we should honor their edicts. The Fourth Commandment is clear on this, especially Luther’s explanation of the fourth commandment. “God forbids us to despise our parents and other superiors by disregarding their dignity or provoking them to just anger by disobedience. -To love and esteem our parents and superiors as precious gifts of God. God adds the promise “that it may be well with thee and thou mayest live long on the earth.” By this promise God impresses upon us the importance and benefit of honoring our parents and superiors and urges us to obey this Commandment willingly.” – Taken from Luther’s Small Catechism-1971 revision. 

The readings, the sermon and the prayers will be recorded and put on the website for all to listen to by Sunday morning. Please take the time to listen to this for your spiritual well-being. The ability to send in your offerings electronically has been available at Hope for many years. For the welfare of Hope Lutheran Church and School, it is vital that we continue prayerfully to give our offerings. We want to be able to support financially our pastors, teachers and other staff. Simply go to hopelutheran.org/church/give to give online. You can also mail your offerings to the church or deliver them in person.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your assigned Elder. Please continue to pray for the pandemic situation, for our health care workers, and of course for Hope Lutheran Church and School as well as the church at large. Show compassion to the elderly or those with immune issues that may be afraid to go out in public. A phone call to check on them would be greatly appreciated. We also want to pray for those friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are stuck at home or have lost their jobs, and for all the disappointed students who are missing out on school activities. Our merciful God has brought our country and His Church out of many trials in the past and, as we pray, He will do so again. 

Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) Be not anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The peace of our Almighty God be with you during this time of uncertainty!

 Mark Kreis 

Congregation President