It’s difficult to be the “Church” during our current crisis. While gathering in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, has been an essential element of worship for over two millennia there are, however, still things that can be done to ward off temptation and despair. In addition to reading and studying God’s word daily, you could make use of the short orders of service found in the hymnal. The Lutheran Service Book, beginning on p. 295, for example, has a one page prayer service for individuals or families. Other services, including Matins, Morning & Evening Prayer, Vespers, and Compline, can all be led by the head of the household. And, of course, along with all of this you ought to be in daily prayer.
Many times it’s hard to know what to pray. The Church, however, is blessed with a wonderful prayer called the Litany. This prayer has been passed down through the ages, and is often prayed in times of penitential reflection. It’s very comprehensive, and can be used whenever you need, and particularly when your mind is blank, or you feel stuck.
I’ve uploaded two versions of the Litany (spoken/chanted) to our web site. These are found on our “Bulletins” page. I encourage you to download one or both for your use at home. My goal is to pray the Litany each day at 11:00 a.m. throughout this crisis. Please, join me, as we daily lift up our voices in a sacrifice of prayer to the Lord.
Your servant in Christ – Pastor Sorenson