Updates

Reopening Update

Dear church, Back in March, as our communities became more aware of the importance of limiting physical contact for the sake of our society’s most vulnerable, our church quickly moved to Zoom for our worship services. I know that worshiping on Zoom has its limits and...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff on Outdoor Communion Services

Dear church, Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey from the Reopening Team and special thanks to Evan Nielsen for putting it together for us. As you might expect, the results show that our congregation falls across a spectrum of readiness for in-person...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff on the Practice of Lament

Dear church, Our joint Service of Prayer and Lament with Lincoln Square and Covenant this week was personally very powerful for me, as I’ve heard it was also for many of you. I’m so grateful to the diverse representatives of each congregation who articulated their...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff

Dear church, This week, I've been reading some essays English playwright Dorothy Sayers wrote during World War II. One line I've been meditating on is such good news for sinner and sufferer (me and you). She's describing Jesus' followers after his resurrection (also...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff

Dear church, Many of the conditions in which we live and work have changed in the past month. Those changes might have us feeling disconnected, vulnerable, and lost from normal life, including from seasonal celebrations like Easter. Yet, amidst it all, the good news...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff

Dear church, It was wonderful to see so many of you on the Zoom call for worship yesterday; you can find a recording of most of the service here. Given that social distancing guidelines have now been extended through April on a national level, we are now planning to...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff

Dear church, A number of you have had ideas for how we can be helping one another and our broader community during the pandemic. We’ve decided to start highlighting particular opportunities we become aware of on our website (page coming soon). You can also see some...

A Letter from Pastor Jeff

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; As far as the east is from the west, So far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, So the Lord shows compassion...

Loving your neighbor in a time of pandemic: A letter from Luther

There have been numerous times in history when God's people faced epidemics. In 1527, the city of Wittenberg experienced a deadly plague. Although that situation differs from ours in many ways, we can profit from reading Martin Luther's encouragement that Christians...

Important update regarding this Sunday

Dear church, The Apostle James wrote, “You do not know what tomorrow will bring.” Indeed! Hence I am writing to you for the third time in three days to amend our plans. We are canceling our worship service for this Sunday, March 15. However, we will have the sanctuary...