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, fellow Christians, and your neighbors.
Stay at your home.
Sunday Service for the Word and Holy Communion
In-Person Service, 9:00 a.m. Here are the Procedures for the service. This service is not streamed on Zoom. The liturgy is abbreviated and spoken. You must register for this service; contact Pastor Crown.
Sunday Service of the Word
Sunday Service, 10:00 a.m. This is the "regular" Service of the Word; it has been moved from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. This service is streamed on Zoom. This is the link: Topic: Service of the Word - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Palo Alto
The Sunday Scripture Study is the same Zoom session as the Service of the Word; it begins about 10 minutes after the Benediction.
Morning Prayer is prayed on Tuesdays through Fridays at 9:00 a.m. It is streamed on Zoom.
Communion 2nd and 4th Wednesdays
This service has been suspended.
The Tuesday and Wednesday studies will continue at their ordinary times, again, available through Zoom.
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July 24, 2020
The life of the Church, the same from age to age.
“Let us, then, preserve the unity of the body that we form in Christ Jesus, and let all give their neighbors the deference to which their particular gifts entitle them. Let the strong care for the weak and weak respect the strong. Let the wealthy assist the poor and the poor thank God for giving them someone to supply their needs. The wise should show wisdom not by eloquence but by good works; the humble should not proclaim their own humility, but leave others to do so; nor must the one who preserves chastity ever boast of it, but recognize that the ability to control desires has been given by another. ... Think of how we first came into being, of what we were at the first moment of our existence. Think of the dark tomb out of which our Creator brought us into His world where He had His gifts prepared for us even before we were born. All this we owe to Him and for everything we must give Him thanks. To Him be glory for ever and ever.”
Clement, Bishop of Rome
First letter to the Corinthians 36:1-2, 37-38
July 16, 2020
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
One life-giving Name put on us by the Father whose voice was heard at the Son’s own baptism and confirmed by the Presence of the Spirit—not a pillar of fire upon a tabernacle of animal skins but the fiery holiness upon the flesh and blood of Jesus. He baptizes us, claiming us as His treasured possession. What He joyfully created He also wonderfully redeems: we praise Him for we are fearfully and wonderfully recreated in true holiness and righteousness. We add nothing to it—for the water is His and the Word is His—but we receive everything. You are called God’s son, His heir; and this inheritance—you are co-heirs with Christ—has been guaranteed by the presence of the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son have come to make their home with you. Aide from that, take up whatever external matters you wish, and let the choosing proceed! Buy a car, and if you no longer wish to work for the same software firm, look for another position. Your righteousness is not tied to seniority at a company or to the model of car you drive; since you are righteous in Christ, you are free to serve in your vocations, dependent on the Father to fill you with ability and desire to be faithful neighbors, husbands, wives, children, and the like. But in matters of God, to escape sin and be declared righteous, nothing that you choose helps. Rather, cling to the Son, listen to Him, and make sure that nothing tears you away from Him, be it a lucrative advancement in the company, the alluring messages of a world striving after its own gods, or whatever … plug your ears and keep a watch on your eyelids! For the Father points us only to His Son. Therefore we should keep His Word with great and fervent diligence and act in love according to it, and believe it with all our body and mind and strength, and shun and flee from all else … no matter how glorious and excellent it may seem.
For all the glory of man is like grass that withers under the summer sun, but the Word of God, having been raised from the grave, stands for ever.
based upon Martin Luther’s Fifth Sermon on Holy Baptism (Martin Luther on Holy Baptism, page 93)
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June 4, 2020
LCMS Black Caucus Regarding George Floyd
Dear Saints in Christ Jesus,
Is it hyperbole to say that every facet of American society is occupied with one of two issues: COVID-19 and its consequences (including government citizen response) and George Floyd, his tragic death and entrenched ethnic discrimination?
Whatever you may have read in the past week regarding Mr. Floyd, I appeal to your Christian fellowship and to common humanity to read this post.
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May 17, 2020
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?