Full Service – July 5, 2020
St. Pete Sermon – July 5, 2020
June 11, 2020
Dear Our Savior Family,
It goes without saying these past three months have been unlike any other that we have experienced. Even though there has been great uncertainty in many aspects of life, we know the promises of our resurrected Savior are certain and true! Strength, guidance, peace and hope are found in the power and promises of God’s Word:
God Takes Your Hand to Comfort Your Fears and Help You
“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God… For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’” (Isaiah 41:9-10, 13).
Be Still to Take Refuge in God in Trouble
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea… He makes wars cease… He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46:1-2, 9-11).
Rest in the Lord’s Beauty and Strength to be Safe
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? … Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling” (Psalm 27:1, 3-5).
Over these past few months, Our Savior Lutheran Church and School was committed to helping meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our members and community. Some of the many aspects of our ministry include:
Sunday Morning Live Stream Worship (10 am on Facebook) is reaching thousands of people. The Gospel message is being shared across the United States and in Europe.
Sunday Evening Community Prayer (8 pm on Facebook) is giving opportunity for everyone to virtually gather for a time of prayer and fellowship.
Monday Morning Bible Study (10 am) meets via Zoom.
Tuesday Evening Bible Study (7 pm on Facebook) – We are currently studying 1 John.
Wednesday Drive-In Communion Service (St. Pete 6 pm, East Bay 7:30 pm) provides a unique opportunity for members to receive the sacrament of Christ’s true body and the true blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of their faith. We also celebrated First Communion with our fourth-grade students during one of these services.
Living Love To Go provides groceries and hot meals every Thursday afternoon to families in need. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact the church office. We can help!
Youth Ministries – meet online via Zoom and other social media outlets.
School Ministry –continues with summer camp. During the final semester of the academic year, teachers and staff were in daily contact with students and families through online classes, counseling, devotions and prayer.
Although it looked a little different, God opened new opportunities and the ministry of Our Savior has grown and is alive and well. We continue to move forward and make a significant impact in our world and community for the Kingdom of God.
Great things have taken place and new, exciting opportunities are emerging in our society and ministry. But the truth stands: we are better together and we are created for community.
It is with great pleasure we announce Our Savior Sunday Morning In-Person Worship will resume on June 21st with the following schedule:
Our Savior St. Pete: 8 am Traditional Service and 10 am Modern Service
Our Savior East Bay: 10 am Modern Service
For all worship services and ministry events:
• We encourage worshippers to wear masks (though they are not required)
• Please be considerate of others and maintain social distancing when greeting each other and when sitting in the pews and chairs.
• Pre-packaged Communion will be distributed at the entrance and will be celebrated in your seats.
• Offering will be collected as we enter/exit the sanctuary
• Hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes will be readily available
• Nursery will remain closed for the time being
• Kids Church will not be held for the time being
We are emphasizing Personal Responsibility and Personal choice. If you do yet not feel comfortable attending worship in person, be assured —
ALL ONLINE MINISTRIES WILL CONTINUE!
(including Wednesday evening communion service)
As we resume our Sunday services, we are faced with a complex array of issues and challenges. We also realize there are a variety of opinions, views, and levels of personal comfort regarding how to handle this situation. God’s word states, “let us love one another, for love comes from God” (1 John 4:7). The “love” is agape love which means we love unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. We love sacrificially.
In such a precarious and polarizing environment, it is imperative we move forward in unity. Please be personally aware and strive to be considerate, humble, and exercise patience, love, and compassion for your fellow worshippers.
Thank you for Living Love, for your prayers, support and patience. Please continue to remember the ministry in your prayers and offering. We rely on your generosity to keep the ministry moving forward and need your help.
If you would like to make a tithe or donation, you can use the enclosed self-addressed envelope or go to oursaviorfl.org and make a secure donation online.
Welcome to Our Savior Lutheran Church & School
At Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, living love drives our mission,
ministries, teaching and outreach.
We invite you to join our family-oriented church with God as our Father! Learn how you can…
Love Jesus, Love People and Serve the World!
Ways to give:
Our online giving offers peace-of-mind knowing that your church is receiving your contribution even if you are unable to physically attend. It is an easy and safe practice used by many organizations. This would be a great time to begin giving electronically if you have not yet done so. You can give at www.oursaviorfl.org/donate, or you can instruct your local bank to automate your tithe and offerings.
We now offer Text-To-Give: our number is 833-969-0514. Text an amount to this number to make a donation. You will need to set up an account on your first donation.
If you wish to send your tithe through the mail, please send to 301 58th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33707. Checks may be made out to “Our Savior Lutheran Church”.
St. Pete 8am and 10am in the Church – East Bay 10am in the church
Weekly Worship: Live Streamed Sunday Mornings @ 10 am on Facebook Live
Sunday morning worship services will live stream on Sundays at 10 am on the Our Savior Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OurSaviorFL/) and will subsequently be posted on our website (oursaviorfl.org). The service will include songs, a message and prayers. Please like our Facebook page and share with others.
- Did you know that you can share the live stream service with your Facebook friends? While watching the video, simply click the ‘Share’ button, and select the option that says, ‘Start a Watch Party.’ Then press the ‘Start’ button. This is a great opportunity to reach out to our neighbors with Living Love!
Mid-Week Drive-In Communion Services: Wednesday Evenings
We invite you to join us in the church parking lot to celebrate Holy Communion. From your car, you can tune into Facebook Live on your mobile device to participate. We will have Confession & Absolution, a brief devotional and celebrate the Lord’s Supper all in the safety and comfort of your own automobile. The schedule for these drive-in communion services is as follows:
- Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm (St. Pete campus)
- Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm (East Bay campus)
Weekly Bible Study: Live Streamed Tuesday Evenings @ 7 pm
A mid-week Bible study will live stream on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on the Our Savior Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OurSaviorFL/). This will be an interactive study with one of the pastors, and we will study the book of Philippians.
Community Prayer: Live Streamed Sunday Evenings @ 8 pm
Go to the Our Savior Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OurSaviorFL/).
We will spend a few minutes collecting prayer requests
followed by a time of prayer.
St. Pete Campus
301 58th Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
East Bay Campus
4825 East Bay Drive
Clearwater, FL 33764