We continue our Worship on Wednesdays at 9 am, 11 am, and 7 am. In August we’ll have Wednesday worship on the 12th and 26th (also a special Confirmation Family service on the 19th at 7 pm). Sign up here to let us know you’re attending.
First Fridays of the Month at 6 pm
We are starting a new tradition while the weather is nice! Bring your own blanket and some picnic dinner for a Disney/Pixar movie on the First Lutheran Lawn. We will offer some “Theological Thoughts” to parents when they enter. These will help connect the movie to themes in our own Christian Faith. Feel free to use them at your own discretion on the ride or walk home. We will keep properly socially distanced and we ask that viewers over the age of 2 wear a mask. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, to email@example.com. August’s movie on the 7th is Finding Dory!
On Sunday, August 9, we are beginning our Sunday Morning Worship Watch Parties. We’ll gather at 8 am and 10 am for worship on the lawn. We’ll watch the online service together and then celebrate Holy Communion. At the 10 am we’ll have a program for children concurrent with worship. Sign up by clicking here.
“and after Jesus had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray” Matthew 14:23
This week the story we lean into is the story of Jesus walking on water. I’m excited to think about Peter’s faith and fear, but as I reread the story another detail caught my eye. The reason Jesus walked on water is because he had dismissed his disciples to get back on the boat without him. Jesus wanted to pray. In fact, the whole reason they were in the isolated place in the first place was because Jesus was trying to get away from the crowds so he could pray. But the 5,000 people followed him, so he fed them miraculously, but then when it was over, he dismissed everyone so he could pray. Why did Jesus want so badly to be alone and to pray? Because before all of this, before the walking on water, before the feeding of the 5,000, Jesus had just been told the news that John the Baptist had been killed by Herod. This is the detail that touches me. Jesus was holding this grief in his heart while he went about doing the work that God had called him to do. He was holding the knowledge that he might share John’s fate. Imagine all the thoughts and emotions Jesus was carrying. He didn’t bury it, but he bid his time until he could finally be alone and pray to his father. For all of us holding a grief, bearing a burden, biding our time, I pray we can find the space we need to unburden ourselves in prayer. If Jesus needed to be alone to pray, how much more do we need to do the same?
It’s Back To School Time! We are just now learning what school will look like this year. will be back in person, some online, some doing a hybrid approach.. Regardless, we are pretty sure you have a nice (possibly new) backpack to hold all your notebooks and supplies. We want to bless your backpack in online worship on August 9th. Please send us pictures of you with your backpack that we can use during the blessing. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need the photos by Wednesday, August 5th!