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Trinity Lutheran Church, NOTL, 60 Anniversary Celebration

Thank you for visiting the website of Trinity Lutheran Church of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Trinity rejoices in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit. We invite you to rejoice with us in the gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation, which our gracious God bestows upon us through His Word and Sacraments. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.  Jude 24-25

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On my heart imprint Your image, Blessed Jesus, King of grace,
That life’s riches, cares, and pleasures Never may Your work erase;
Let the clear inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me,
Is my life, my hope’s foundation, And my glory and salvation!

Lutheran Service Book, Hymn #422

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Greetings in this time of pandemic

In light of the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, and in response to guidance from the federal and provincial governments, Lutheran Church–Canada has called on its congregations to suspend all worship services and group events for the time being. During these weeks of suspended service, I would like to encourage you to stay connected to God’s Word. Please email (trinitynotl@cogeco.ca) or call (289-213-8650) me if I can be of service to you. Also, you are welcome to send me your email address if you would like to receive Trinity’s weekly devotion. Finally, I would like to offer the following suggestions:

Please stay home as much as possible. And please call me day or night if you need help. I am here to serve you.

Remember how fragile life is and what a gift from God it is. Things can change quickly in this world and life. But as Christians we also know that our life is safe and secure in Christ for both now and eternity. Whatever happens here and now—from germs, disease, accidents, terrorism, or natural disasters—we can trust and rely on our Lord through it all. He is greater than it all.

Pray for those who are worried, that they would find comfort in the peace of Christ. Pray for the unemployed, that God would provide for them. Pray for those who are sick, that they would be healed. Pray for the dying, that in their suffering and final moments on earth, they would lift up their eyes to Christ, looking to Him alone for salvation. Pray for our leaders, that they make good and wise decisions. Pray for the researchers who are working to find a vaccine. Pray for the Lord to work good in the midst of this, that His Word and promises will comfort people and bring them to faith in Him. 

Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbours. Make sure they are okay. In these days of social distancing, perhaps there is not much you can do for them face to face. However, you can reassure them with the love of Christ.

Don’t panic. Be sensible. Take precautions (wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay at home, etc.), and above all, cast all your cares upon God, knowing that He cares for you!

Rejoice in being a child of God. He loves you so much more than you could ever know or imagine. He sent His Son to die for you, so yes, He will provide everything else you need (Romans 8:32) and take care of you.

Remember, as we heard at the beginning of this Lenten season, that dust you are and to dust you will return. But also remember what we will proclaim at the end of this season: that Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! And you will rise too, from the dust of death to life again. Even if (when!) you die, your life will not end, but will continue on the other side of eternity.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ—loved by God, redeemed by the blood of His Son, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit—, don’t panic. Be sensible. Take precautions. And above all, trust your heavenly Father. Nothing can separate you from His love for you in Christ Jesus!

In Christ

Pastor Ritter

A Prayer for Help to Pass Safely through Dangers

O dear Lord, God and Father, this wretched life is so full of misery and calamity, of danger and uncertainty, so full of malice and faithlessness (as St. Paul says in Ephesians 5:16, “The days are evil”) that we might rightfully grow weary of life and long for death. But you, dear Father, know our frailty; therefore help us to pass in safety through so much wickedness and villainy; and, when our last hour comes, in your mercy grant us a blessed departure from this vale of sorrows so that in the face of death we do not become fearful or despondent but in firm faith commit our souls into your hands. Amen.

Luther’s Prayers (pp. 47-48), Available from Augsburg

Almighty God, heavenly Father, give us grace to trust You during this time of great distress. In mercy put an end to the coronavirus epidemic that is afflicting many people around the world. Grant relief to those who are suffering, and comfort to those who mourn the death of loved ones. Sustain all medical personnel who are attending to the sick, and bless the efforts of those who are working tirelessly to discover a treatment for this disease. In these times of affliction and distress, strengthen us by Your Word and Spirit to continue steadfast in the one, true, saving faith; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our suffering Lord and Saviour, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

Praying The Lord’s Prayer in a Pandemic: An extended prayer in response to COVID-19

Our Father who art in heaven,

O God, You call us all to be Your children.

Be a Father to us now in our distress.

Hallowed be Thy name.

O God, in Your name is mercy and salvation.

Teach us to honour that name in all things, and to call upon it in every trouble.

Thy kingdom come.

O God, You rule heaven and earth.

Bless the work of the Church, that Your kingdom would continue to be proclaimed even in this time of upheaval and disruption.

Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

O God, Your way in all things is perfect.

Enliven us with Your Holy Spirit, that we would willingly walk in the way of your commands.

Teach us to love You with heart, soul, and mind.

Teach us to love our neighbours as ourselves, ministering to them in every need of body and spirit.

Give us this day our daily bread,

O God, provision for all our earthly needs comes as a gift from You.

Remember those facing financial uncertainty and hardship in this crisis, and grant them every needful thing.

Soften the hearts of Your people, that we would share freely with those who have less.

And forgive us our trespasses,

O God, You desire the death of no person, but instead seek the salvation of all.

Draw all people to Yourself in this time of increased awareness of human mortality, that we would find in Your Son, Jesus Christ, forgiveness for our sins and the hope of eternal life.

As we forgive those who trespass against us,

O God, Your mercy is over all that You have made.

Make us conduits of Your love and Your grace, showing to others the forgiveness and reconciliation You have first shown to us.

And lead us not into temptation,

O God, You do not shift like shadows, neither are You wearied by the changes and chances of this life.

Be our soul’s anchor in this trial.

Befriend the lonely; comfort the sick; and console the dying.

Defend us from the temptation to despair of Your love.

You are our fortress; let us not be shaken.

But deliver us from evil.

O God, against You no foe can prevail.

Spare Your people, O Lord, and bring an end to the disease which threatens.

Guide those in authority, that they might diligently work to protect the nations.

Equip physicians and healthcare workers with knowledge and resources to care for the afflicted.

Our times are in Your hand, O Lord; rescue us from danger.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.