The Bigger Picture!

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

“Just for You!” Reflection

The Bigger Picture

Pastor Jerry Kulp

July 1, 2020

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; 2 for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. 5 They will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of their salvation. 6 Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob

Psalm 24:1-6

Greetings and peace my friends!

I do not know if you are like me, but right now I have difficulty making “the right” decision. It feels as if information is coming so rapidly and from so many different perspectives, that my mind seems to fluctuate daily, sometimes hourly, on “what is an appropriate response,” and “what should I support and recommend?”

As you are all aware, this week the councils for the UPG Parish and St. John’s Windish Lutheran Church came together to try to come to a consensus on when we should begin to re-gather in person for worship.

If I had to guess, in your heart you probably know what I am about to share is true. There are some within our community who whole heartedly believe that the time for social distancing, wearing face masks, and being told not to gather is over. These folks among us genuinely believe that we, as a society, as a community of faith, need to get back to “normal.” These friends also believe that the continued delay is having “catastrophic” effects on our community.

There are others who are part of our community of faith who whole heartedly believe that we cannot do enough to keep our community safe. These folks would look at the science, would examine the number, and genuinely believe that the only appropriate way to deal with the virus is to avoid contact with one another. These friends of ours believe that to return to worship could have catastrophic effects i