Welcome to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Richmond, VA
From Pastor Fred Marcoux:
There has been a spike in cases of COVID-19 this 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 online Sunday Worship Service at 10:00am every Sunday, “Live” on our Facebook page. Once the video has been processed and added to available videos, Tammy will upload that video to YouTube for those of you who do not have Facebook. 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, November 29nd, 2020
First Sunday in Advent
Stir up your power, and come! The psalmist’s plea in Psalm 80:2 has become familiar to us in the Advent prayers. Isaiah wants God to rip the heavens open. Both cry out for an apparently distant, angry God to show up, to save, to restore. When we hear Jesus describing the coming of the Son of Man with stars falling from heaven, it can sound dire and horrible, not like anything we would ever hope for. But when we really look at the suffering of people God loves, we can share the hope that God would tear open the heavens and come.
Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 64:1-9 Prayer that God would come with power and compassion
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 Let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80:7)
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Gifts of grace sustain those who wait for the end
Mark 13:24-37 The sudden coming of the Son of Man
Listen to our choir, recorded prior to the pandemic:
Choir with piano and clarinet (Richard Spece)
Augmented Choir with piano
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 afternoons at 2:00pm, 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.
Rich Barnett, our Director of Music, also 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