Sermon Text: John 12:20-26.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my family and those whom God loves.
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Let us pray… Lord God, bless your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a word of power and peace to convert those not yet your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip, and from the lip to the life that, as you have promised, your Word may achieve the purpose for which you sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
These are indeed very strange times; times that even our oldest members have never been through. A quick look at the local obituaries reveals that although people are still dying, no one is having a funeral service. Now that did happen on occasion before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now everyone is being forced to delay such events until this pandemic is over – sometime in the future. Strange times indeed.