Message from Pastor Craig

Brothers and sisters in Christ, in times like these, it is all the more important that we seek God’s guidance and words of promise for today and the future to come. My heart has been drawn to words of the prophet Isaiah who spoke words of hope to a people in exile. “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild animals will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches; for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself so that they might declare my praise” – Isaiah 43:19-21

At this time it may be difficult to sense God’s presence as we become increasingly aware of a genuine health and economic threat to many. Our faith, however, convinces us that God is indeed active and very much in control in our world even when it is unclear in our eyes. As we pause from regular activities and distance ourselves for a time, I urge you to join me in praying for those who are on the frontlines of this pandemic and are tirelessly working to test, treat and care for those who are affected with this virus, as well as those working to provide services.

This suspension does not mean that we are suspending being God’s church. In the spirit of caring for those who are most at risk and vulnerable among us, we will give highest consideration to those most susceptible to health risk and to those who will feel isolated as a result of not coming together in worship.

Please remain connected to our church and our mission:

· Pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

· Keep an eye out for communications – e-mail, our website, our Facebook page. Pass along news and information.

· Let the church office know about members’ needs that you become aware of.

· Continue your offerings. Actually, we are likely to need some of us to step up our giving as others of us lose income due to the effects of this pandemic on us and our community.

Remain calm. Remain hopeful and remain united in the one true faith in Jesus Christ. Please pray with me.

Gracious and merciful God, your word assures us that even in the desert areas of our lives, you provide rivers of water. You promise to always be with us and to shine your light before us. We ask, O Lord, for your protection for servants who are providing care as well as for those whose bodies are weak and tired with illness. Guide world, national, state and local leaders with wisdom to work together for a common good. Show yourself as a God of mercy, hope and healing through this wilderness journey. Hold us close even as we are now limited in our ability to be together. Be a rock beneath our feet, a shelter around our shoulders, a pillar to uphold us and a shield to protect us. Strengthen our resolve to hold firm to the promise you have made and have kept secure for all generations. Equip us and empower us to do your work through our hands, hearts, minds and might for those who vulnerable and in the most need. We ask this in the strong and powerful name of Jesus, our true rock and redeemer. Amen

May the peace of Christ fill your heart and bring you hope and comfort as we wait, work and share in life and ministry together. – Pastor Craig

Church: 309-688-9212
Cell: 309-258-4759
Email: cswenson@salemofpeoria.com

 

OUTDOOR WORSHIP CANCELLED
DUE TO PEORIA HEALTH ADVISORY
In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
 
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor