On Sunday, March 22, Pastor Paul Lutter of Grace Lutheran Church in Mora presented his first virtual sermon broadcast via Facebook Live from his home in Plymouth. His 4-year-old daughter led a song, his wife presented the readings.
Grace Lutheran and many others have canceled public worship services until further notice.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed how people worship and even grieve as some funerals have been postponed to reduce large gatherings of people, thus slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite the distance between people, Lutter said he still hopes to be a connector.
“I’m still a pastor and I still have a job to do,” said Lutter. “The substance of what I do hasn’t changed, only how I do what I do.”
Lutter encouraged his parishioners to have more intentional conversations and reach out to others.
Pastor Steve Ekholm of Living Hope Church said his church is encouraging people to be wise and do what is best by avoiding large gatherings when possible, keeping social distance and staying home if sick.
“We are going to live fearless, pray focused and walk in wisdom,” he said.
As Ekholm preached through Facebook on Sunday, viewers still connected with their spiritual leaders and with each other. They posted comments of encouragement from simple “Good mornings” to “We are with you, Pastor.”