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 Statement of Sanctuary
As a community of the people of God, we are called to minister to all
people in our world, knowing that the world is often an unloving place.

Christ calls us to reconciliation and wholeness.  We are challenged by

the Gospel to be agents of healing within our society.

 


 Gethsemane

 


We prefer our worship of you should be upbeat.
We like it that the church is "the happiest place in town."
We take our glimpse or your promised kingdom as a venue.
    where never is heard
    a discouraging word!
But then . . . reality!!
     like suffering and death,
     life pandemic and virus,
     like loss unimaginable!
That reality breaks our happy illusion of a fairy-tale life in the first
world.
     and we are left with stone-cold fear and
               bottomless need.

So we cry out with urgent imperative:
     Hear, help, save!!
     We cry out along with the whole company of people of faith
     who have cried out.
     We cry out, because our cry, since the lips of the slaves in Egypt,
         is our most elemental word back to you, our creator,
     We cry out, not in despair, but in confidence that you hear.
You are the one, the only one, who can turn sorrow to joy,
                    mourning to dancing, 
                    weeping to laughter.
So now, God who hears, helps, and saves,
     hear act, and make new!
           Give us courage and patience;
           end the virus;
           let us be rich in soul and poor in things,
           ordered for neighborliness,
           generous with goods,
           free of fear,
                  but mostly: end the virus!
We pray this in the name of Jesus who defeated the powers of death
     overcame the forces of evil,
           ended the unbearable vexation of leprosy for some, and
                   because the Lord of the Dance.

So we pray,
so we trust,
so we hope . . . in you! Amen.

- Written by Walter Brueggemann in "Virus as a Summons to Faith - Biblical Refections in a Time of Loss, Grief, and Anxiety" (page 70-71)

 

 


 

Do not be afraid!”  The message of the angels is the assurance of our faith amidst all of life’s unusual and difficult circumstances. 

 

Living in a time of a world wide pandemic is a new experience for nearly all of us.  Presently, the call for public health preventative measures has the hope and potential to prevent, slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 and potentially exponential illness.

 


 

Worship this Sunday

9am:  Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Social Distancing in Person Worship and Online 

 

11am:  Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Social Distancing in Person Worship and Online


ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  hone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#.  If password is required (pray2heal).


Click here for Last Sunday's Sermon 


 

 

Bible Study 
Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 11am:  ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  Phone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#. see below for Bible study readings.

 

Daily Online Prayer
4 pm - Daily Prayer and Check in with Pr. Jason ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  Phone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#. 


Wednesday - July 1 11:00 am Where Goodness Still Grows book study ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  Phone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#.  

 

Thursday, July 2 11:00 am, Bible Study 

 

Saturday -  July 4 Wired Word Study Group, 11:00 am ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  Phone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#. 

 

Sunday - July 5
Worship at LCOR 9:00 am
Worship at GLC 11:00 am

 

Tuesday - July 7  1:00 pm Bible Study

 

Wednesday - July 8 11:00 am Where Goodness Still Grows book study ONLINE Zoom Meeting 935-429-5852.  Phone access is (312)626-6799 then type in zoom meeting number 935-429-5852#.

 

Thursday - July 9  11:00 am, Bible Study




Where Goodness Still Grows 
Reclaiming
Virtue in an Age of Hypocrisy

 


Join us any week for the book study online or by phone.  Copies of the book are available
in the church office.

 




 


 

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Choose love. Please continue to reach out to one another to ensure everyone is fed, well, and staying healthy.   We want to pray for those who are ill.  I want to know if you are ill; please call or  e-mail me at jbense@hotmail.com

We are always stronger together, stronger in faith, and sustained by grace.

Christ's peace,

Pastor Jason Bense

 

 

 
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