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Pastor’s Corner for March, 2020

by Dean Porzel

Grace, peace and strength be to you during this critical time.  We pray that you are well and caring for yourselves and others with the love of Jesus.  Know that the Holy Spirit interprets even our “sighs” before the throne of grace so that we may have hope in our Lord, Romans 8: 15 ff.  […]

Pastor’s Corner:  December, 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Our Advent Greeting   Again, seasonal greetings are in the news.  Many “Merry Christmas” greetings will be forthcoming.  Arlette Zimmerman would edit it to: “Blessed Christmas!”   London-born Jo Ann might say, “Happy Christmas.”   And most of us would try to be aware and bid a “Happy Hanukkah” to our Jewish neighbors.  Let’s do so […]

Pastor’s Corner:  November, 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Installation of Associate Pastor!   We are rejoicing these days at the acceptance of the Call to serve as Associate Pastor by Charles Johnson.  Pastor Chuck and Lauren, Russell and Ellie are excited to begin ministry here.   God has blessed the consecrated and patient efforts of our Call Committee, and we thank the […]

Pastor’s Corner: October 2019

by Dean Porzel

  Pastor’s Corner:     Martin Luther an Angel?   In the early 80s, with the development of our former, blue LW hymnal, the readings for Reformation Day (observed) were reviewed. In the earlier TLH hymnal, the Revelation 14 text for Reformation was listed as the Epistle Lesson.   Some wondered if it should be retained or […]

Pastor’s Corner:  September, 2019

by Dean Porzel

    Back to It with the Lord!   This morning I made my way to church on 151st Street going west and needed to be thoughtful along the way.  For a couple of months, my speed stayed a constant 35 mph, but as an early bird I now needed to fly a little slower:  […]

Pastor’s Corner:  August, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      The Place of Prayer   As July drew to a close, the assigned Gospel in church was Luke 11: 1-4, St. Luke’s record of THE Prayer given to us by our Lord in its shorter, essential form.   In the Lord’s Prayer, our Lord puts everything in its right place.  This past […]

Pastor’s Corner: July, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      Say “Thank You” — and “Please”   In catechism/Confirmation class the eighth graders are learning about prayer as we study Dr. Luther’s instruction on the Lord’s Prayer. Among our topics has been our motivation for prayer, the “why” of our prayers. To help the students evaluate their prayerful motivations, our workbook posed […]

Pastor’s Corner:  June 2019

by Dean Porzel

  “Hair-on-Fire Christian Witness”   As the third of the great Church Festivals – Pentecost – approaches on June 9, our hearts turn in the direction of Christian witnessing as prompted and empowered by the Holy Spirit. On that first Pentecost, the disciples/apostles were topped with “flames” and enabled to speak the “wonders of God” in […]

Pastor’s Corner:  May, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      “Graduation”   Not long ago in worship we sang a “Gradual Hymn.” During Lent the Alleluias are omitted, so an added Lenten hymn is sometimes inserted. At our worship planning meeting it was noted that a little triangle (Stand) needed to precede the Gradual Hymn. Why? It is the song that precedes […]

Pastor’s Corner:  April, 2019

by Dean Porzel

    “Lent to Easter Lillies”   As I write this April article the days are getting longer. Last week marked the Vernal Equinox and signaled, by both the increasing light and the warming temperatures, the creation is awakening from its winter slumber. Among the signs of spring are the shoots emerging from flowering bulbs. […]

Pastor’s Corner: March, 2019

by Dean Porzel

      Pastor’s Corner:     “Shrove Sunday… Ash Wednesday… Easter!” So we are at the entrance to Lent with Ash Wednesday on March 6 this year. For Lent we line up with the lunar calendar following our ancient faith-lead of Passover and marking time with the risen Savior in the celebration of Easter. So […]

Pastor’s Corner for January

by Dean Porzel

  “Going Forward with God”   Year of Our Lord 2019.   Or is it just 2019?   As we enter the New Year, we are encouraged in faith to go with the hope and strength that comes with God’s presence. One of my favorite devotional writers over these now many years has been Rev. Herman […]

8:00 a.m. Gym of Ledogar Hall Worship will begin now for the season. Communion will be
celebrated in the 8:00 service on the 1st , 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month. No preregistration required at this time.
9:30 a.m. Sanctuary Service will continue to be live streamed and involve in-person
worshipers with a limit of 80 total (sanctuary, narthex, and Fireside Room capacity). Communion will be
celebrated on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. No pre-registration required at this time.


Holy Communion will be offered:
8:00 a.m. every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
9:30 a.m. every second and fourth Sunday of the month
Portico Drive-up Communion every first, third and fifth Sunday of the month
from 10:50-11:30 a.m.

Worship capacity and hygiene (face coverings are required) will continue to follow state
recommendations. Both the gym and the sanctuary will be "air scrubbed" after services.
Please, if you have traveled to a virus hot-zone, please read and follow the Cook County
requirements for self-isolation. During that time, if you need help to connect with worship
remotely or by DVD, please contact Pastor Ray for assistance.
Videos of the services can now be found on our website and YouTube.

Should a family member or you want a DVD of the service, please contact the Church Office at 708-349-0431.