Welcome To Hope Lutheran Church
We are led by the Spirit to serve God and Share Christ's Love with All
A Congregation of the Florida-Bahamas Synod.
PLEASE GO TO SERMON SNIPPETS TO SEE PASTOR JEN'S FULL WORSHIP MESSAGES.
May 30 & 31, 2020 Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Hope Lutheran Church,
A Blessed and holy Pentecost to you all! Today is the Feast of Pentecost, the 50th day, when we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit among the disciples. The disciples were afraid and they were weary. They were hiding out, fearing that they could be arrested like Jesus, fearing that what happened to him could happen to them, fearing all of the turmoil they saw around them in their country occupied by the Roman armies and so much more. But then, Jesus arrived in the midst of them and offered his loving presence and his peace. And then, he promised that when he ascended to the right hand of God the Father, he would send his life-giving Holy Spirit to be with them always. They had Jesus and they had his Holy Spirit. And my friends, so do we. While our world seems more chaotic than ever and we still see the ravages of illness and pandemic, the dislocation and separations in society from political chaos, and the hatred of racism continuing to persecute and torture so many, we might be weary and afraid, too. The cares of this broken and hurting world can seem too much and,
like so many before us, we might long to ask; “How long, O Lord, how long?” But my friends-like the disciples, we too have Jesus and his Holy Spirit. Jesus has claimed us in Baptism into his death and resurrection. Jesus has gifted us with that same Holy Spirit to be with us, in us, and work through us for the sake of the world. The same Spirit that urged the disciples to get up and go out into the world to proclaim that Jesus is Lord is the same Spirit urging us to proclaim that Jesus is Lord, that all humanity is created in the image of God and loved and precious in his sight, and that even while things are so chaotic and hurting and broken, this is not the end of the story. God has that final word, and his word is GOOD. So my friends, rejoice! It is Pentecost! Don’t be weary or afraid-but instead, allow Jesus and his Holy Spirit to energize you for the work to which we are called. Let’s get up and go out to proclaim Jesus is Lord, and work together as we are led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ’s love with all. Rejoice! It’s Pentecost-the 50th day-and God is in control!!! Thanks be to God!
With love in Christ, Pr. Jen+
We are offering three worship opportunities for all.
***Saturday 5:30pm will be worship in the Sanctuary, practicing physical distancing with gloves, masks, and space.
***Sunday 8:30am will be spoken worship in the parking lot.
***Sunday 10am will be worship in the Sanctuary, practicing physical distancing with gloves, masks, and space.
Emails with worship and homily will continue to be shared for those who are worshiping with us at home.
Until further notice, Holy Communion will be shared in one kind for safety and health reasons. All of the gifts and benefits of Holy Communion are found in the Body of Christ.
There will be no water in the Baptismal Font for your protection.
Offering plates will NOT be passed. There is an offering plate stationed at the Font and you may share your offerings either before or after worship as you enter the Sanctuary. We thank you for your on-going generosity.
Ushers will direct seating in the Sanctuary. Masks and gloves will be worn by all. If you don’t have a mask, you will be provided with one to keep and reuse whenever you come to Hope. Gloves will be shared and then discarded when you leave to prevent spread of germs.
In the Sanctuary, please leave at least three chairs between you and someone else who is not of your household. Rows are sectioned off to provide space for all.
Sincere thanks for your cooperation. An over-abundance of caution is necessary to keep everyone safe and healthy while at the same time providing worship to our God with integrity, faith, and joy! We wear masks to protect our brothers and sisters from any illness we may be carrying out of the love to which Jesus calls us when he tells us to love another.
My love is with you and my prayers are for you-Pr. Jen+