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In Person Protocols for Worship

Beginning Advent 1 November 28th 11AM

 

Church activities open for more than 50 people (Federal Guideline Phase 3):

·       Maintain increased sanitation/cleaning and hygiene measures at church.

·       Resume in-person worship with other members (insofar as they feel comfortable doing so).

·       Continue online worship for those who still cannot gather.

·       Communion, with additional precautionary measures. (we will stay in prepackaged format in which communion will be found in front of you with bulletin)

·       Physical distancing may be relaxed and masks may become optional in some places based on  various factors and recommendations from officials.


Advent Worship
December 5th
11:00AM


 

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Sunday Bulletin (Click on PDF)

Worship
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As a Lutheran church body, Saint Bart's professes belief in the "priesthood of all believers" as reflected in Martin Luther's To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, that all baptized persons have equal access to God and are all called to use their gifts to serve the body of Christ. All are welcome here and we embrace the diversity of the beloved community.

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At the same time faith does not close our minds to the world and our hearts to others. We continue to listen to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith opens a place for engaging others in conversation, for seeking the truth, for asking questions and speaking love in word and deed.

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Committed to Serve!
Committed to Serve!

Faith A living, daring confidence in God’s grace. When we about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.

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Worship
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As a Lutheran church body, Saint Bart's professes belief in the "priesthood of all believers" as reflected in Martin Luther's To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, that all baptized persons have equal access to God and are all called to use their gifts to serve the body of Christ. All are welcome here and we embrace the diversity of the beloved community.

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Worship
Sundays 
In Person &
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11:00am

 

BIBLE STUDY

UNTIL WE’RE ABLE TO MEET AT CHURCH AGAIN, THE GOSPEL READING FOR THE COMING SUNDAY AND SOME QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT WILL BE POSTED EVERY WEDNESDAY.  WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU SHARE YOUR OWN ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS BY EMAILING THEM TO:

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ALL OF OUR RESPONSES WILL BE COMPILED (ANONYMOUSLY) AND ADDED TO THE POSTING ON SATURDAY.   WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE GOSPEL READING EACH WEEK AND CHECK OUT THE RESPONSES EACH SATURDAY!

 

BIBLE STUDY FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5 , 2021

 

PRAYER:      Holy Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit, prepare our hearts and minds to receive all that You want us to learn.  As we read your word, shine on us the light of your truth.  May we gain a deeper understanding of who You are and what your will is in each of our lives.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

CONTEXT:    Last week’s reading took us nearly to the end of Luke’s story and Jesus’ life on earth.  This week, as we continue the beginning of Advent, we will go back to the beginning of Luke, where we find John the Baptist, the God-sent precursor to Jesus’ public ministry.  We see references to the prophet Isaiah in the “wilderness”.  Luke carries these Old Testament themes throughout his gospel, a reminder that God has been, is now, and always will be at work in the lives of his people.

           

READING:    Luke 3:1-6

 

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4 as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
   and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
   and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

 

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:

 

1.  What is significant about what Luke tells us in verses 1-2a?  How does it put verse 2b in context?  What is that context and why is it important? How might it relate to today’s world?

 

2.  How do you think John the Baptist would define the “repentance” he is talking about in verse 3? What would be the evidence that someone has truly “repented”?

 

3.  When Isaiah first spoke the words in verses 4-6, God was leading the people of ancient Israel out of bondage and back to the promised land.  What do you think the words meant to them at that time?  What do they mean to you in present times?

 

4.  Why do you think the Word of God came to John “in the wilderness” and not in the city?  What is significant about the wilderness, both then and now?

 

5.  What have been the wildernesses of your life?  How have you experienced God’s word in those places and times?

 

6.  Do you hear a calling in verses 4-6?  What are some practical steps you can take during Advent to “prepare the way of the Lord”?  How can you “make His paths straight”, “fill every valley”, “make low the mountains”, and “make the rough places smooth”?

 

7. What are some ways we as Christians can emulate who John the Baptist was and what he accomplished in his life?

 

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