- Pray for me and each other. Continue to call and facetime and reach out to others through social media to check in on each other. Don't EVER hesitate to call me at 813-391-2027 and I will get back to you as soon as possible if I don't answer right away. Pray for each other. Pray for each other and check on each other in a safe and compassionate way.
- Please send in your offerings to Hope Lutheran Church. Our address is 14200 Hopewell Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33981. While the building may be empty, the bills and salaries are still to be paid and we need your support financially now as much as ever. Please consider your offerings and make an effort to support your congregation so we can continue to do God' work with our washed hands in the days to come.
- Practice Sabbath-pray, read Scripture, sing hymns, prepare meals together with those with whom you live. Discuss your blessings. Play a game. Get artsy and paint or listen to music, work in your garden, or whatever helps your celebrate God's gifts.
- We are church together-let's continue to be led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ's love with all people as best we can in these strange days ahead. Again, please don't hesitate to call me at 813-391-2027.
In Scripture, God and God's messengers tell us again and again "Be not afraid." Together, let's not be afraid-because we know God is in charge and God is holding us in the palm of God's hand.
In Christ's love, Pastor Jen
Feb 25, 2020 Pope Francis’ Suggestions for Fasting this Lenten Season:
Do you want to fast this Lent?
Fast from hurting words and say kind words
Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
Fast from anger and be filled with patience
Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
Fast from worries and trust in God
Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
Fast from pressures and be prayerful
Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
Fast from grudges and be reconciled
Fast from words and be silent so you can listen
FEB 25, 2020 Hope’s Lenten 10 Minute Prayer Challenge: Please join us this season of Lent and commit to 10 minutes a day of intentional prayer for peace-for our community, for our country, for our world, and for yourself. Set a time to help you maintain that 10 minutes-and sit quietly, study Scripture or focus on some images or thoughts, and remember: prayer is as much about listening as it is about speaking. God wants to hear your heart-so share freely with God and know that in praying in an intentional way during Lent, not only will our joined prayers make a difference in the world, but, as in all things with God, you will find your own faith strengthened and renewed. Pray with us! Here are some suggestions: reading Scripture or a devotional, listening to quiet music as you pray, making a list of news items that you feel need God’s intervention…and here is a list of items that may help as well…
Proverbs 16:7, Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27, John 16:33, Philippians 4:6-7, Leviticus 26:6,
Numbers 6:26, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 85:10, Psalm 119:165,
Proverbs 3:2, Isaiah 9:6-7, Isaiah 3, :17, Isaiah 52:7, Isaiah 54:13, Isaiah 55:12,
Jeremiah 29:11, Jeremiah 33:6, Mark 4:39, Luke 1:79, Romans 5:, Romans 8:6,
Romans 14:17, Romans 16:20, 1 Corinthians 14:33, 2 Corinthians 13:11, Galatians 5:22,
Ephesians 2:14, Ephesians 4:3, Ephesians 6:15, Colossians 3:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 2
Thessalonians 3:16, James 3:18 These are not exhaustive but may be helpful.
St. Theresa of Calcutta wrote at various times:
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. All works of love are works of peace. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile. Smile five times a day at someone you don’t really want to smile at at all. Do it for peace. I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.
Please share with me your prayer journey as we together pray for peace during this season of Lent.
Friends and Family of Hope, I respectfully ask that your prayerfully consider your offerings to and through Hope Lutheran Church. We are an important part of this community and the ministry provided here makes a difference in Jesus' name. We want to be able to continue to do this important work as we are led by the Spirit to serve God and share Christ's love with all-but we all need to work together to make it happen. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of our council members. My love and prayers are with you! Pastor Jen+