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March 11, 2020

Devotional Word…..


“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” ~ Romans 6:3-4

Our Lenten Midweek focus this year is “Baptized We Live” – a reminder that, at the core of our identity as Lutheran Christians, is the sacrament that defines whose we are. In Holy Baptism, God claims us as God’s own. With just a little bit of water and a few words, God’s love goes from being some nebulous “out there” concept to being something we can touch. That touch is what we carry with us and it helps ground us in our identity as God’s people.

Within that identity are promises that we have made to God. More importantly, though, within those promises is the reminder that they are responses to God’s love and commitment to us. One of the promises we make is to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, and the expectation is that we do these things as part of a faith community. So how do we live into that promise in a time when we are being encouraged to self-isolate due to the Coronavirus outbreak?

The first part, hearing the word of God, is relatively easy. Make a time to gather as a family – in person if that’s an option, and via phone call or video chat if you’re unable to be in the same room – and read from the Bible to each other. Whether it’s the assigned readings for the week or a favorite Biblical story, set aside time (each day, if possible) to spend with God’s word and then pray for each other.

Sharing in the Lord’s Supper is a bit trickier, but the principle is the same. As best you can, gather for a meal – even via video chat. Take time to pray before eating. As you enjoy your meal, remember the story of Jesus sharing a meal with his friends and also the ways that God is present in your life and communicates with you. Pray after your meal, giving thanks that we are connected to each other through Jesus wherever we are.

In this season as you do what is necessary to take care of yourself and the people around you, it can be especially difficult to be away from our faith community. But my invitation to you is to remember your baptism. Every time you touch water, remember the touch of God’s love that you received. Remember, also, the ways it connects you to our faith community, even in the times that we aren’t able to all be together.

With peace,
Pastor Lara


Wednesday Mid-week Worship…Canceled


March 11 and March 18
Soup Supper and Mid-week Worship for March 11 and March 18 are CANCELED out of precaution and in consideration of coronavirus


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Due to the rapid pace of news updates, we are sending an abbreviated version of Trendings today.
A more comprehensive “Thursday edition” of Trendings will be sent out tomorrow, March 12.  


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