Worship Service in our time apart. August 9th, 2020. 10th Sunday after Pentecost. Faith Lutheran Church, Menifee, CA. Matthew 14: 22-33.
Virtual Bible Study on 2 Corinthians 2: 1-11 Theme: Forgiveness 7/15/2020 Faith Lutheran Church Menifee, CA Led by Pr. John Barton
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From the Pastor:
“And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.
This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait!
And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait.
It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”
~Habakkuk 2: 2-3. (Message Version)
Dear faithful friends and fellow children of God,
After much consideration, deliberation, and prayer, and based on the recent spike in COVID-
19 hospitalizations and cases, the Church Council has decided that it is too risky to resume in-
person worship on July 5th as intended. We have reset the date to August 9th.
ON-SITE WORSHIP SERVICES
RESUME SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020.
In keeping with ELCA and government guidelines, and with the biblical commandment to “Love Thy Neighbor,” our church leaders have provided guidelines and instructions to be followed when attending in-person worship, which can be found in the Worship Guidelines tab of the website (https://faithmenifee.com/worship-guidelines ). Please read those instructions carefully as they are the structure within which we can safely and sustainably continue in-person worship.
We are entering into a new stage, a new vision of being church together. Perhaps this is a part of the larger call for reform and a new vision of how to live moving forward which we are seeing around our country and the world. Things are changing. And yet we know that God’s presence and accompaniment with us through uncertain, hard, even painful times- stays the same.
The changes we see in how we worship are indeed different and will differ in their permanence, but the vision God has for us, the hope God has for our future is definite in its perpetuity. We may not always look for God’s vision, but when we allow ourselves to open our eyes to God- the vision is there “in big block letters” for us to view even as we run around this life. This new way of worshipping, of being church together will take some getting used to: it will mean not being as close together, it will mean that not all of our Faith family will be able to worship at the same time, it will mean that some of the family will continue to need to stay home or stay away from the rest of us for their own health. We might become impatient with how things are going, aching with the desire for things to go back to how they were before. And yet God does not move us backward, God leads us forward into the vision set before us. As the reading from Habakkuk says of that vision: “It doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.”
So, if it is August 9th, 12th, or some other time in the future, until we see each other again: May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Yours in the Risen Christ,
Pastor John Barton
We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 9:30 am for a traditional service of worship, that includes a Liturgy of Praise, Hymns, Choir and the sharing of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. From September to May we have Sunday School available for all children.
Following worship, we gather for a time of Fellowship, coffee and light breakfast foods.
Come and join in the Fellowship!
As always, please invite your neighbors, family members, and friends to join us. All are welcome!
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In-person worship resumes August 9th, see guidelines and instructions here: https://faithmenifee.com/worship-guidelines
We love all of God's people, so feel free to visit during our open hours.
Come and Worship with Us
Sunday mornings at 9:30am.
Our Fellowship time follows at 10:30am
Pastor John Barton
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28200 Portsmouth Dr, Menifee, CA 92586, US
09:30 am – 12:00 pm