10:30am - live-stream Luther Place worship from home
Dear People of Hope,
In this time of uncertainty and anxiety, we know that God is with us, wherever we are.
Following our neighborhood churches, local schools and the University of Maryland, we at Hope have chosen to cancel in-person worship this Sunday March 15. We will be in touch with more information about future meetings and worship services.
For this weekend:
1) We encourage those of you with internet access to live-stream the worship service of one of our ELCA neighbors, Luther Place Memorial Church in downtown DC. Several of you were baptized at Luther Place or were previously members there. This is a powerful opportunity to be connected with our wider church community.
Sunday 10:30am here - https://www.facebook.com/LutherPlace/ (you do not need a facebook account to access this)
2) If you are in desperate need of Word, prayer and Communion in person– you may come to Hope. The upstairs doors will be open and I will be there from 10-11:15am. Come anytime in that window for 10 or 15 minutes of spiritual connection. I will read scripture, pray with anyone in need and serve simplified communion. I expect this will be only a very small number of you, but I will be there.
3) For ongoing prayer, Father Tim from St Andrews Episcopal Church in College Park is praying every morning and every evening online.
Everyday, 8am and 9pm here - https://www.facebook.com/saeccp/ (you do not need a facebook account to access this)
4) We continue to watch for ways to do God’s work on earth.
a) The PG Day Center is still scheduled to be open, Tuesday March 17, and we are scheduled to serve. Contact Joan Ahrens if you want to be a part of this.
b) Three students from Gallaudet University are looking for emergency housing. Their school has closed and they have nowhere to go. Pastor Ray heard about this from another campus pastor- contact Pastor Ray directly if you have a basement apartment or extra room to share.
c) As the UMD and PG County Schools have closed, we listen closely for the needs of our neighbors, and how we may respond.
5) The staff and council will be calling through the directory and checking in with people in the coming week. If you are someone who might benefit from some assistance in the next weeks (e.g. having someone run errands, pick up groceries, etc.), please let the person calling know. If you’d like to offer assistance, please let people know that as well. We also encourage you all to be checking in with and praying for one another.
6) As we continue to seek ways to be faithful and look for opportunities to serve our neighbors, we encourage you to be faithful in your giving. You may mail checks to Hope or give online at www.hopecp.org. Look on the top red toolbar for the word “Donate.” Your generosity helps us continue to be the Body of Christ in and for the world.
7) Anxiety is up for many of us these days– for me, your pastor, too. I have found that singing helps. Just saying the words of a song inside my head doesn’t quite do it, but actually humming or singing aloud slows my heart, evens out my breathing, and brings peace to my heart. Perhaps you will find this true for yourself too.
In closing, I share a prayer from our ELCA materials:
O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.