Christmas & Congregational Meeting

On this 10th day of Christmas, I invite you to marvel with me that the Word became flesh – God became a human being, beginning as a baby – and dwelt (and still dwells) among us. God knows – God has experienced – all of what it means to be human, the best and the worst of life. God became human to transform the relationship between us and God, this precious relationship between you and me and all creation and the eternal Word, God-made-flesh.

You may be able to tell – we read John 1:1-18 in worship this morning. This marvelous scripture passage often sparks my imagination and inspires wonder and amazement about God for me. If you’d like to join our worship service for today (or other recent weeks), click “Worship in Advent & Christmas” in the menu tabs at the top or left side of this page.

We are the children of God, called and gathered by the Holy Spirit to be St. Peter Lutheran Church. But as St. Peter Lutheran Church in this time and place, we are also a legal organization – and so we have meetings! Thus our required announcement:

The Semi-Annual Meeting of St. Peter Lutheran Church (rescheduled from November 22) will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 11 a.m. (PST) via Zoom. A letter about this meeting will be mailed to all members this week. If you have questions about this meeting, please contact me, President Laura, or a member of the council.

Now, in these last few days of Christmas and the beginning of this new year of 2021, pray with me this New Year’s prayer:

Eternal God,
you have placed us in a world of space and time,
and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love.
Grant that in this new year we may know your presence,
see your love at work,
and live in the light of the event that gives us joy forever –
the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen

– Intern Pastor Beth

Advent Worship

Join the St. Peter Lutheran Church for worship this Sunday at 10 a.m. (PST). The worship service will be livestreamed on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/st.peter.spokane.elca) – scroll down until you find the live video. You do not need your own Facebook account to get to our page and worship with us live – if you’re asked for a login, there should be a “not now” option in small print, probably near the bottom of the window.

If you want to worship later, you can find this service on our Facebook page or link directly there from “Worship in Advent” on our menu above. If these directions are confusing, contact me this week and I’ll try to get you connected.

Intern Pastor Beth

Advent begins!

Advent begins!

Advent is a time when we wait and watch, wonder and welcome. We remember the coming of the Messiah at Christmas, seek God’s presence with us today, and yearn for the Lord’s coming that will fulfill all of God’s promises, that final coming in the fullness of time.

Worship continues to meet online. It will be live at 10 a.m. PST on each Sunday (click here) and will be posted on this website following the live service. As part of our care for our neighbor, we will be worshipping online until Covid-19 rates decline and the health department guidance changes.

Also this week, St. Peter members should get a call from Intern Pastor Beth Parks and a delivery of an Advent Kit, designed to enrich your practices during this season. If you consider yourself a member of St. Peter but don’t get a call or delivery, please call 509-795-0079 (the intern’s cell), and we’ll get our records updated and your kit delivered.

– Intern Pastor Beth

Two Announcements

I have two announcements for all St. Peter Lutheran folks:

#1 – we are returning to only ONLINE worship beginning tomorrow, November 22. This will continue until Covid-19 rates drop and health department guidance changes. I plan to stream worship at 10 a.m. (PT) on Facebook Live (click here). This service will also be available for viewing later.

#2 – our Semi-Annual Meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday, November 22. This will be held fully online. The Zoom information was included in the letter sent out last week. However, we are planning to meet for only a few minutes; we will confirm a quorum and then postpone ALL BUSINESS until January.

If you have any questions, please contact either President Laura Forslof or Intern Pastor Beth Parks. (Note: if you need a prompt response, do not call the office number (ends -4843) as it is only checked a couple times each week.)

Reformation and All Saints

Our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has an interesting column in the October Living Lutheran, our ELCA monthly magazine (you can also get their weekly email updates). As we Lutherans often do in October, she reflects on Martin Luther. However, Bp. Eaton does not dwell on the glories of Reformation past or the need for continual reforming now or in the future. Rather, she reminds us of the freedom we have in Jesus Christ’s fulfillment of God’s promises – freedom from and freedom for. I encourage you to read her column here: From the Presiding Bishop.

Coming up, we have two festival Sundays in a row: Reformation Sunday and All Saints Sunday. You are invited to wear red on Reformation Sunday (October 25) and on Reformation Day (October 31). On All Saints Sunday (November 1), we will be remembering our loved ones who have died, especially those who have died in this past year. If you have particular people you want included in our All Saints Day Remembrance, please email or call and share their names.

– Intern Pastor Beth

Two – no, four! – updates

I have two four updates for the St. Peter Lutheran community this week:

First, our sister in Christ, Helen Pierce, died last Friday. She was 101 years, 8 months YOUNG! Her funeral will be on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2:30 pm, at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane. We will be outside, physically distanced, and masks are encouraged but not required since we’re outdoors. All are welcome to attend. Her obituary is here.

Second, I am beginning to hold regular office hours at church on Thursdays, 10 am – 12 noon. You are welcome to stop by during those hours. Please ring the bell by the south door. If you need or want a conversation at another time, please call or email the intern (see our Contact Us page) and we’ll get together – either in person or virtually! I’m looking forward to getting to know more of the St. Peter community.

Third, the Christ In Our Home daily devotional for October-November-December has arrived! Pick one up on Sunday, stop by during office hours on Thursday, or get in touch and we’ll bring it to you.

Finally, the Church honors St. Francis of Assisi on October 4, so that Sunday we will be holding a Blessing of the Animals. If you email or text me a picture of your pet, we will include them in this Blessing. Pictures are due by Thursday, October 1.

– Intern Pastor Beth

9/13/20 IN-PERSON WORSHIP CANCELLED

Out of an abundance of caution, we will NOT gather for in-person worship this Sunday, September 13, due to the Hazardous Air Quality in the Spokane area. You are invited to stop back here on Sunday evening or during the week to view an abbreviated service, as Intern Pastor Beth explores new technology, or to visit another congregation for online worship on Sunday morning. We do plan to resume in-person worship next week.
– Intern Pastor Beth Parks

Greetings from the new Intern Pastor

On August 16, 2020, I was installed as St. Peter’s new Intern Pastor. I’m still learning some of the technology, so worship services from the past 3 weeks are on our Facebook page and will be posted here soon.

I’m interested in getting to know more St. Peter folks, but I know many are not yet coming to worship in person. I’m beginning to make Zoom appointments so we can see each other’s faces, talk, and still stay safe. If I haven’t reached out to you yet, please email or call and we’ll set a time.

– Intern Pastor Beth Parks