Pastoral Announcements

 

If you are ailing in any way, tell us so that we may pray for you.

Use Daily Prayer, Readings, and Prayers in the Lutheran Service Book (pp. 294-318).

Care for yourself and fellow Christians.

Stay at your home.

Gatherings for the Word and Holy Communion

  • The County of Santa Clara issued a shelter in place mandate; it took effect at 12:01 a.m. March 17, 2020.

  • Therefore, in-person services, Bible studies, and meetings have been suspended.

Sunday Service of the Word

Matins

Communion 2nd and 4th Wednesdays

  • This service has been suspended.

Bible Studies

As this congregation adapts to this moment, we may misstep and our use of the technology may falter; help us with your suggestions, abilities, and patience.

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Opening Discussion for the Sunday Scripture Study

For Luther, the office we hold during the pandemic shapes our response to its course.
What is your “office”?  Are you a pastor?  A mother?  A nurse?  A political or economic leader in your community?  A student?  A doctor?  What are the obligations of your office and are there competing obligations?  For example, do you have a conflict between keeping your children safe as a parent and doing your job in a public space as an essential worker?  How are you navigating these obligations?

Recent experiences with virtual communities have shown me that the cultures of trust we so desperately need will not occur independent of cyberspace.
Think about and share an experience in which you have received care, compassion, and faithful love through technology during this pandemic and quarantine.  What might we learn about how to continue to use these tools for those who are in isolation after the quarantine ends?

With faith, we should hold the world in prayer.  With reason we should follow the best guidance available about how our actions can prevent the pandemic's spread, socially isolating, and allowing vulnerable populations to shop at the early grocery stores hours, as an act of neighbor love.
Causes for anxiety will not go away and the experience of anxiety will not go away but neither will the grace of God for the power to say yes to Jesus command with a joy that anticipates the fullness of joy in God's future.

Luther suggested that faith can protect us from the poisons of despair and anxiety but noted that this will take more than a “milk faith.”  Both citations call readers to the faith.  How has your faith in God's love and goodness helped you cope with your fear, grief, and despair during this time?  In response to the first quote, how has your faith in God also enabled you to trust your reason as you have made plans to cope with the pandemic and its effects?

 

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