Welcome

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, May 9, 2021
Sixth Sunday of Easter

Introduction

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Readings and Psalm

Acts 10:44-48  The Spirit poured out on the Gentiles
Psalm 98  Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands. (Ps. 98:4)
1 John 5:1-6  The victory of faith
John 15:9-17  Christ the friend and lover

Read the full Sunday Bulletin here


Review recent worship service and messages from Pastor Fred on our NEW webpageMessages from Pastor Fred

Listen to our choir, recorded prior to the pandemic:

imagesAlleluia – Randall Thompson

Choir with piano

imagesMorning Trumpet arr Mark Schweizer

Choir with trumpet (Calvin Vonada) and drums (Bill Kipps)


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: pastor@stlukerichmond.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: admin@stlukerichmond.org.

Rich Barnett, our Director of Music, has an online Zoom Choir chat with singing every Thursday evening at 7:00pm. Please email Rich at music@stlukerichmond.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!


Pastor Fred’s earlier sermons for this year may be found on our new webpage: Messages from Pastor Fred.  Earlier Sunday Bulletins may be found on our new webpage Weekly Bulletins.


Welcome Video

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 webpageMessages from Pastor Fred