March 2018

Holy Week Worship

Please join us for worship this Holy Week!

Maundy Thursday- March 29- 6:30 pm
St. Peter Lutheran Church
4620 N. Regal

Good Friday- March 30- 12:00 pm
Central Lutheran Church
512 S. Bernard

Easter Vigil- March 31- 7:00pm
Messiah Lutheran Church
4212 N. Belt

Easter Morning- April 1- 10:00 am
St. Peter Lutheran Church
4620 N. Regal

March 2018 Intern Inspiration

Image result for word of god hopeImage Credit: Digging the Word Blogspot, December 13, 2017
https://diggingtheword.blogspot.com/2016/12/simeon-song-of-hope.html

(What follows is an excerpt from Seth’s Report for the Annual Meeting on March 4)

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I take great stock in the words that Bishop Kuempel shared with us last week: that we are a people of hope, who trust our relationship with God will transform us and change us, that we can continue to share our love for God and one another with the world.

Eight years ago, St. Peter Lutheran Church stepped out in hope for what it could be. This congregation decided to step away from full-time pastoral leadership and into the unknown of intern educators. Over the course of those years, there have been many moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregation has continued and the Word of God has been proclaimed.

This time last year, as St. Peter questioned whether it would receive its seventh intern, the congregation hoped against hope that another intern would arrive. He has joined the congregation in living its life. There have been moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregation has continued and the Word of God has been proclaimed.

2017 has been a good year, with the completion of Intern Keyla’s year with St. Peter, and the beginning of Intern Seth’s. There have been moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregation has continued and the Word of God has been proclaimed.

Even more recently, St. Peter’s Council has visited with the councils of Central Lutheran, Bethlehem Lutheran, and Messiah Lutheran churches. From these conversations, significant steps have been made in supporting each others’ ministries, and opening a dialogue with Messiah about what it may look like to share a pastor in a Two-Point Parish agreement. Through these conversations, there have been moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregations have continued and the Word of God has been proclaimed.

Last week, Eric Schwirian visited St. Peter, and it appears that the internship program will continue on another year, as St. Peter hopes against hope that the congregation will continue and the Word of God will be proclaimed.

Since the charter members of this congregation sat down in the early 1900s and decided they would work together to bring a Lutheran congregation to Hillyard, many things have changed. Hillyard has lost two major industries and has declined economically. St. Peter has grown, prospered, and declined along with its neighborhood community. Pastors and interns have come and gone, some departing with tears, and some departing to joyous celebration. Congregation members, families, and institutions have come and gone. Yet there is one thing that has remained constant throughout all the years. There have been moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregation has continued and the Word of God has been proclaimed.

Join me, as we continue in to 2018, embracing the difficulty of this call to be church, relishing the joy this call contains, continuing in our love for Christ, and proclaiming the Word God gives us.

St. Peter Lutheran Church is, and will continue to be, strong in its commitment to serving its community, its congregation, and its God. There will be moments of joy and times of sorrow, yet the congregation will continue and the Word of God will be proclaimed.

In Peace,

Intern Seth Rumage

Spiritual Practices Devotional

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Through the Season of Lent, St. Peter Lutheran Church is joining together on Thursday Evenings for Soup Supper and Worship.

At each worship, we are practicing building spiritual connection with God and each other through meditation, prayer, and scripture, using guidelines Intern Seth compiled into a devotional booklet.

View a few pages in this post, and then download and print this booklet with the link below!

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