FROM THE PASTOR

 

FROM THE PASTOR

As I write this, the medical community in Sioux Falls is anticipating the peak of the current surge of Covid-19, specifically the Delta variant.  It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been going on so long, although at this point we have learned much about the virus:  how it is transmitted, and how to deal with it.  But it still causes anxiety.  The church leadership and I are keeping an eye on the statistics and recommendations.  At this point we still have some precautions in place, but have not gone back to any that we have lifted.  I urge you to continue to be careful — wash your hands, stay home if sick, wear a mask when necessary.  I also encourage you to get vaccinated if you have not been and are eligible.  The vaccines are safe and have proven to be effective.  You may, depending on your employment, have to be vaccinated.  There are many good, reliable sources of information about the vaccines, so if you have questions, please seek these out.  We have information at the church.  As the people of God, we are called to do all we can to care for ourselves and our neighbors.  Let us continue to hold in prayer all those who are treating the sick. They are instruments of God’s healing power and presence and I am grateful for all they do.

During this month of October, we celebrate our heritage and traditions on Reformation Sunday.  We give thanks for the foundations of our past even as we move into the future.  The church is always being reformed by God to meet the needs of each generation.  As we move into a post-Covid future, may we be open to how God may be moving among us and using us for his will and purposes.  Let us re-commit ourselves and affirm our faith once again in God who has given us the gift of grace that we might live. 

Thanks be to God for the marvelous gift of grace in Christ who has brought us together to serve in Jesus’ name.  It is a privilege to do that with all of you!

Blessings on your October!  Pastor Siri