Cancellations

Dear Pilgrim Brothers and Sisters,

UPDATE 3/31/2020

Hope all of you are doing well. We miss you and are ready to get back.  However, the Federal Government has extended the stay at home order to the end of April.  We are waiting to hear from State officials and are expecting them to extend the order as well to at least the end of April.  For now, it looks like we will be celebrating Holy Week on YouTube.  We are currently in the process of putting together Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter services.  More on that when we get there.

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday! Like the last two Sundays, you may listen to it on WSOY 1340 AM a little after 9:00 a.m., or you may go to the Pilgrim Website and find the service link.  Go to the home page at pilgrimlutherandecatur.org, click “Cancellations,” and then click “service link.”  Palm Sunday will be posted by Saturday evening.

Recently, we came across an article where a church had a choir practice in Washington State. Someone or more had the virus and didn’t know it.  Dozens were infected and two are dead.  For this reason, we have decided not to give communion until this stuff has passed.  From our perspective, anyone can have the virus and not know it.  Most of the people who have been requesting communion have pre-existing health concerns that would, most likely, end up catastrophic if they somehow became infected.

Please remember that one receives forgiveness of sins and salvation whether it be in the Word of the Gospel, Baptism, or the Lord’s Supper. In other words, for the time being, you may rest secure in forgiveness and salvation offered in the Word of the Gospel and your Baptism.

You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!

The Lord be with you all!

Your Servants in Christ,

Pr. Brock and Pr. Bill

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Dear Pilgrim Brothers and Sisters,

UPDATE 3/29/2020

Good Morning!

We have a new and improved camera! The video should be a lot better than last week.  However, YouTube is also cutting back their service due to overload, so it should be way better, but it won’t be at its best.

For those of you who are returning, you can find the PDF links and service link below. You already know  the drill!

For those of you joining us for the first time, we are happy to have you here. We miss seeing you in person but are grateful that we can reach out in this way, until the time when we will once again assemble around Word and Sacrament in our church home.

We have set up a video service of the Word with Sunday’s sermon and three hymns that you may follow or sing. First, there are two PDF files.  One is a copy of the service bulletin.  The Second is a copy of the sermon for today.  Here they are:

< PDF Bulletin >                <PDF Sermon >

We suggest that you open them and look before you click on the link below. You may want to print the service bulletin for convenience.  If you can’t print it out, it will be okay to simply listen.  The hymns will be organ music without anyone singing, but the words are printed in the bulletin and on the screen.  You are invited to sing along or follow the words to the music.  Each hymn will give you an introduction before you start the first verse.

Thank you for taking the time to be here! While we understand the gospel command and the importance of being together, we pray that this will strengthen you in the meantime.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact either Pastor when needed. If you are spiritually pressed to receive communion at the church, you are welcome to make an appointment with either of us.

Church office: 217-877-2444

Pr. Brock – pr.brock@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0133

Pr. Bill – plc@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0487

Some have asked about offerings. Any link we could set up, such as PayPal or Cash App or Apple Pay, will automatically deduct from your offerings a service fee. Consequently, if you wish to make offerings, you may mail them to the church

May God bless your worship!

Pr. Brock and Pr. Bill

Here’s the link to watch the service:

<Service Link>

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Dear Pilgrim Brothers and Sisters,

UPDATE 3/23/2020

We thank you for your encouraging and uplifting comments about the Sunday service!  Praise God that it was a blessing to so many!  We are looking forward to next week and pray that we will soon be able to meet in the sanctuary.  Thank you for taking the time to watch, even if was in your pajamas!

As we already related, we intend to update you about services and activities on a week to week basis.    Since Governor Pritzker has mandated a “stay-at-home” order until April 7, everything remains canceled at Pilgrim at least until April 7.

We are presently working on next Sunday’s service.  We will post it all by Saturday evening.

The Lord be with you all!

Your Servants in Christ,

Pr. Brock and Pr. Bill

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Dear Pilgrim Brothers and Sisters,

UPDATE 3/22/2020

Good Morning and Welcome!

We miss seeing you in person but are grateful that we can reach out in this way, until the time when we will once again assemble around Word and Sacrament in our church home.

We have set up a video service of the Word with Sunday’s sermon and three hymns that you may follow or sing. First, there are two PDF files.  One is a copy of the service bulletin.  The Second is a copy of the sermon for today.  Here they are:

< PDF Bulletin >                  <PDF Sermon >

We suggest that you open them and look before you click on the link below. You may want to print the service bulletin for convenience.  If you can’t print it out, it will be okay to simply listen.  The hymns will be organ music without anyone singing, but the words are printed in the bulletin and on the screen.  You are invited to sing along or follow the words to the music.  Each hymn will give you an introduction before you start the first verse.

Thank you for taking the time to be here! While we understand the gospel command and the importance of being together, we pray that this will strengthen you in the meantime.

Again, please do not hesitate to contact either Pastor when needed. If you are spiritually pressed to receive communion at the church, you are welcome to make an appointment with either of us.

Church office: 217-877-2444

Pr. Brock – pr.brock@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0133

Pr. Bill – plc@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0487

Some have asked about offerings. Any link we could set up, such as PayPal or Cash App or Apple Pay, will automatically deduct from your offerings a service fee. Consequently, if you wish to make offerings, you may mail them to the church

Well, here we go! Hope it runs smooth!  We intend to do this every Sunday until we can return.

May God bless your worship!

Pr. Brock and Pr. Bill

Here’s the link (It will take you to YouTube):

<service link>

 

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Dear Pilgrim Brothers and Sisters,

UPDATE 3/19/2020

We will be having a brief video service of the Word with Sunday’s sermon every Sunday through a link that will be posted on our website home page under “Cancellations.” Also, there, you will be able to get a PDF copy of the sermon and service to follow along. So, go to the Pilgrim website on Sunday morning.

If you prefer, you may listen to the service with sermon on the radio (1340 WSOY AM) every Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. news.

Our website is pilgrimlutherandecatur.org (if you don’t already know).

Some have asked about offerings. Any link we could set up, such as PayPal or Cash App or Apple Pay, will automatically deduct from your offerings a service fee. Consequently, if you wish to make offerings, you may mail them to the church.

For all, please do not hesitate to contact either Pastor when needed. If you are spiritually pressed to receive communion at the church, you are welcome to make an appointment with either Pastor.

Church office: 217-877-2444

Pr. Brock – pr.brock@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0133

Pr. Bill – plc@pilgrimlutherandecatur.org or 217-358-0487

If you have an email and are willing to give it to us for updates, please email it to Kay Tolly: kt2155@gmail.com

We will continue to monitor the situation and do the best we can to support our governing officials and protect those here. We once again thank you for your prayers and understanding.

In our last communication, you might recall that we quoted Psalm 46 to uplift you. Flowing from the Psalm are these words from one of our Pilgrim Youth for Christ, after considering the words of the Psalm. She said, according to her father, “This is a very uncertain time right now, but we can be certain that God will guide and strengthen us. Right now, the roaring waters are upon us, but there is a river of trust and peace that we Christians are on that will someday empty into the kingdom of heaven. We have to stay on the river which is God’s path. He is with us and all we can do now is pray.”

Astonishingly insightful! To hear such words from our youth should cause us to praise God, as future generations carry on the blessed truths that have been handed down to us!

Your Servants,

Pr. Brock and Pr. Bill