WEEK OF APRIL 05, 2020
Dear Friends at First Lutheran,
Holy Week is going to look a lot different this year but your staff has been working to provide you with several ways to connect with your faith community, with your families and with God in the midst of these challenges and uncertainties. Please be aware that in cooperation with our state of Tennessee mandates and out of great concern for the health of our members and staff we have suspended our public gatherings for worship and fellowship through the end of April.
* Our Minister in Music, Dr Hansen has chosen some special music of inspiration to share with you for Holy Week. We will provide links via email for you to listen in conjunction with our worship services or by themselves.
* A Palm Sunday worship service will be posted on our Facebook page at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 5
* Maundy Thursday worship will be posted on Facebook on Thursday and will include some traditional symbols that have great meaning for the people of God including the Stripping of the Altar and a meditation on Spiritual Communion.
* On Good Friday, meditations on Jesus’ seven last words from the cross will be shared on Facebook at noon as well as a link to a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion by the Mercury Chamber Orchestra from Houston Texas. This free concert will be broadcast at 2:30 p.m. Central Time through their website: https://www.mercuryhouston.org
* Easter Sunday worship will be posted on Facebook at 9:30 Easter morning.
* There are many other opportunities to worship online but I commend to you our Synod Website where you can experience a variety of other worship experiences and sermons by our Southeastern synod staff. Log on to the synod website at https://www.elca-ses.org.
* Pastor Brian will continue to host the “Coffee and Colloquy” on Monday’s at 10 a.m. Contact him or the church office for the online link.
* We have some members who have offered to run errands or do grocery shopping for those who should stay in. If this would be of help to you please contact the church office and arrangements will be made.
* Our Youth Coordinator, Corrie Maxwell is putting together some faith formation activities and resources for our children and youth while we are sheltering in place. Today’s email includes a link to materials for Palm Sunday. These will be sent each week while we are unable to gather.
* Here at the church, Jeff and Polly continue their normal hours and we are allowing them to do this as long as they feel comfortable. At the present time, the office is closed to the public as advised by our city officials, but you can still reach us should you have a need or concern. We appreciate their willingness to continue normal hours as long as possible.
* Please continue to give your weekly offerings as you are able. We still receive mail through the USPS. You can also donate electronically through our website at https://www.first-lutheran-nashville.org.
Friends, this is not how I imagined Holy Week with you. But we will continue to gather in the ways that we can – through email, letters, phone calls, text messages, zoom and facebook – until we are able to gather together physically once again. I am confident that just as God has always been present with us, God will continue to be with us, through this Holy Week and all the Holy Weeks ahead.
Next Sunday’s Readings
Psalms 118:1-2, 14-24
Upcoming Events and Announcements
* The Mary-Martha Circle-As of this time the Circle will not be having their meeting on April 9th.
* The Dorcas Circle will not meet for the month of April.
* The 113 Club will not meet Thursday, April 23rd. Hopefully, we will be able to resume all activities in May.
Go and Tell Christ Is Risen!
In 1 Corinthians 15, the Resurrection Chapter, the Apostle Paul Writes, “What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins . . . that he buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures . . .”
(1 Corinthians 15:3).
Through Christ’s Resurrection, God assures us that we are forgiven and that we, too, will rise again. Surely this is the message of first importance that we as stewards of our Risen Lord
and Savior will desire to pass on. Go and tell that Christ is risen!
Prayer: Dear Lord, without your gracious aid I would be forever in the depths, forever bound to sin, forever lost.
Thank you for the forgiveness of sins and life you have given me through your son, Christ, my Redeemer. Help me boldly go out and tell others that Christ is risen! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Blessing on your