Welcome to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA
From Pastor Fred Marcoux:
There was a spike in cases of COVID-19 in the Fall. So taking that into account with the advice of Governor Northam and the Virginia Synod Bishop’s Office, it was decided to suspend our in-person Worship Services.
We have not made this decision lightly. We must sometimes make difficult decisions that others do not agree with. Many in our congregation serve us all to enable in-person worship: Rich, Luci, Debbie, Terri, Sim, Vince and Marty. We want them, and our members who attend in-person services, to be safe. At this time, some of us do not feel comfortable or safe doing so.
We will however, continue to have recorded Sunday Worship Service at 10:00am every Sunday, on our Facebook page. uploaded to YouTube and available here on this webpage. This will enable all of us to share our faith and worship as best as we can during this unique time. While we can’t gather in-person right now, we are still an active church and we are together in spirit. We are all called to bring God to our people.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
Third Sunday in Lent
The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The commandments begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismal call: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.
Readings and Psalm
Exodus 20:1-17 The commandments are given at Sinai
Psalm 19 The commandment of the Lord gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8)
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Christ crucified, the wisdom of God
John 2:13-22 The cleansing of the temple
Read the full Sunday Bulletin here
Review recent worship service and messages from Pastor Fred on our NEW webpage – Messages from Pastor Fred
Listen to our choir, recorded prior to the pandemic:
Choir a cappella
Choir a cappella
Weekly Virtual Meetings
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on public meetings, the church building remains closed for all general meetings, through the immediate future. Church and Open meetings will be held using the Zoom app, which can be downloaded here. Pastor Fred is still available for pastoral care, and may be reached directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Luke Church Council is inviting you to join us on Sunday evenings at 7:00pm, for a virtual “Open House” ZOOM meeting where we share coffee and conversation. Join us at any time during the hour and stay as long as you like. We look forward to talking with each of you. Zoom access information may be obtained from the church office.
Pastor Fred will be holding his Wednesday Bible Study meetings at 10:30am weekly, and you are invited to join in these meetings via the “Zoom” app on your mobile device, or on your home computer. For detailed instructions on how to join the Open House and Bible Studies, and take part in the discussion, contact the church office: email@example.com. There will also be a Holden Evening Prayer service for Lent each Wednesday evening at 7:00pm from February 24th through March 24th. This will be recorded and available on our Facebook, and YouTube channels as well as here, on this website.
Rich Barnett, our Director of Music, has an online Zoom Choir chat with singing every Thursday evening at 7:00pm. Please email Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like the information to join in. You don’t have to be a choir member to do so. All are welcome and we hope to see some new faces!
Click on the photo of our Pastor to play a Welcome Video. Review the latest worship service and message from Pastor Fred on our NEW webpage – Messages from Pastor Fred