Faith Lutheran Church
4150 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
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We are a small, family-friendly church in NE Philadelphia.
Whoever you are and wherever you are on life's journey--married or single, old or young, black or white, native-born or immigrant, gay or straight, bisexual or transgender, parent or childless, rich or poor--you are always welcome here at Faith Lutheran.
Help us out: If you missed your weekly offering, or if you just want to support the ministry of Faith or the ELCA, you can make an online donation by clicking the "GIVE!" button on the menu bar.
Our mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people through worship, education, service to our community and world, fellowship, caring, and prayer.
We would love to have you join us!
Baptisms & Weddings
Call the Pastor at (215)-637-4210
for information on how to schedule baptisms and weddings; he will be glad to work with you.
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The Annual Meeting of the Congregation
of Faith Lutheran Church will be held Sunday, February 5, 2023 immediately following 10 AM worship. We encourage all confirmed members of the congregation to attend. The church council will be presenting the budget for fiscal year 2023, we will be elcting new members to the council to serve for a three-year term, and we will inform the congregation on matters relating to how we move forward as God’s people in our neighborhood. If you’d be interested in joining the church council, please notify Pastor Owen or Mark Sykes. Our Annual Meeting will be held in the Lower Auditorium. Pleaase mark your calendar and make evry effort to attend. By our consititution we cannot hold a meeting without a quarum.
Last Sunday of the Month is Donation Sunday
Since February is the month of Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t think of a more loving and caring ministry to receive our donations than Caring for Friends. The mission of this organization is to provide food and friendship to homebound seniors. Each year Caring for Friends delivers over 1.5 million meals throughout the five county region. Faith will take a special second offering for this worthy organization on Sunday, February 26th. Please do what you can. Last week we collected $128 for Feast of Justice
Coffee Hour Returns!
Feel like you’ve missed your church family during COVID? Don’t know those folks who went to the other service? Well this Sund you have a chance to have some good, old fashioned fellowship before worship. There will be coffee and sweets in the Fellowship Room outside Pastor’s office at 9:30. Stop by, have some coffee, and get caught up. Just don’t be late for church!
The holy season of Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday on February 22nd. There will be two opportunities for the imposition of ashes on that date. The morning service will be a brief service of Prayer and Imposition at 11:30 AM. We invite all of our Golden Age Seniors to come and worship before the 12 PM meeting. The second service will be a full mass at 7PM. This will be preceded by our traditional soup supper in the lower auditorium at 5:30 PM. If you plan to attend the supper, please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board.
Fisher’s Chapel to Begin Bible Study at Faith
The Church Council has agreed that the Fisher’s Chapel Pentecostal Fellowship will begin holding weekly Bible studies in the Fellowship Room from 5PM to 6:30PM on Wednesdays. Pastor John Fello, a native of Liberia, leads the fellowship, which will donate a small offering to Faith for the use of the space and utilities. In the spirit of ecumenism we are delighted to offer our fellow Christians this opportunity
A Word of Thanks
We received this letter from Gemma Services this week:
“Dear Pastor Griffiths,
We are grateful to you and the congregation of Faith Lutheran for thinking of the children and families of Gemma Services (formed by the merger of Silver Springs-Martin Luther School and the Village) again this holiday season! Thank you for your donation of stuffed animals, dolls, games, puzzles, remote control cars sports balls, and more received on December 9, 2022. Your generosity helped Gemma to grant holiday wishes and bring joy to the children we serve! We were especially grateful for the donation of eight boxes of winter coats, too. They have been a tremendous help to the families served through our Community Based Programs”
(Emma Sykes and Grace Fetsick were responsible for the coat drive. They are to be commended for their compassion and initiative!)
WELCOME ! VIRTUAL WORSHIP NEWS:
If you're uncomfortable attending indoor worship during the COVID-19 pandemic, we still hope you'll continue to be involved with Faith Lutheran Church. We'll be livestreaming Sunday morning worship at 10 AM on the Faith Luther Facebook page. You can also read the texts of Pastor's sermons by clicking on the "Pastor's Blog" tab on the toolbar. Please remember, too that you can make online donations by clicking on the "GIVE!" button above.
You can also check out videos from our national church body, the ELCA, our Synod, or our congregation below.
Gospel Reading for Sunday, February 5, 2023
Gospel Lesson Matthew 5:13-20
13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under the bushel basket; rather, they put it on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter,[a] not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks[b] one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
First Lesson Isaiah 58:1-9a
Shout out; do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
2 Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments;
they want God on their side.[a]
3 “Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day
and oppress all your workers.
4 You fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
5 Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the straps of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator[b] shall go before you;
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am.”
If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
6 Hear what the Lord says:
Rise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
2 Hear, you mountains, the case of the Lord,
and you enduring foundations of the earth,
for the Lord has a case against his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
3 “O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you? Answer me!
4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt
and redeemed you from the house of slavery,
and I sent before you Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised,
what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.”
© 2014 by Faith Lutheran Church, Philadelphia.