The Reverend Owen Griffiths, Pastor
Faith Lutheran Church
4150 Woodhaven Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Thank you for visiting Faith Lutheran Church online!
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.
You can enjoy VIRTUAL worship on Facebook Live every Sunday.
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Faith Movie Night Feature Puss in Boots
It’s time again for our whole Faith Family to enjoy a magical cinema adventure. When the Feline Phenom known as Puss in Boots discovers his hunger for adventure has used up eight of his nine lives, he goes in search of the magical “Last Wish.” Come, munch some popcorn, and enjoy this delightful spinoff from the “Shreck” series on Saturday, May 20 at 6:30 PM.
Last Sunday of the Month is Donation Sunday
This month our Last Sunday offering, collected on Pentecost, Sunday, May 28th, will go to Family Promise of Philadelphia. Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) has shifted its focus from sheltering homeless families to preventing homelessness by preventing evictions. IN the last two years FPP has distributed $1.35 million to families in need of housing assistance and helped out over 2,500 needy families.
FPP has a 30 year history which began with a network of congregations in the Northwest in 1991. In
2012, with the aid of OUR CONGREGATION, the network branched out into the Northeast section of the city
VBS is Coming
Are you raising a Super Hero? Faith’s Vacation Bible School will be the place to bring all heroes in training! This summer our kids will hear great stories of the super heroes of our faith (and maybe meet an amazing hero in the flesh!) as well as have fun with games, crafts, and snacks. Faith’s VBS is open to ALL, so tell the kids to invite their friends. VBS will be June 27, 28, and 29 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.
Feast of Justice News
Feat of Justice, our Lutheran food and advocacy program, has just informed us that Faith Lutheran’s Lenten food drive has netted 296 pounds of food for the household serviced this year by Feast. For a small church, this is an enormous achievement. Our sponsorship, prayers, and donations to Feast are truly a way to make Jesus known to our community. Feast has served 35,125 households this past year and delivered 1.47 million pounds of food.
Geraniums for Pentecost
As has long been our custom here at Faith, we will be decorating our worship space with red geraniums to celebrate the Day of Pentecost on Sunday, May 28th. Pentecost is one of the six high festival days in the Christian calendar and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the church. Each year we ask members of the congregation to donate for the purchase of red geraniums to decorate our worship space. The plants are then planted around our church building. The color symbolizes the fire in the heart which the Spirit brings. An ancient belief says the planting of red geraniums grants protection to a dwelling. If you wish to donate, please sign up on the bulletin board.
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, May 21, 2023
Gospel Lesson John 7:1-11
17 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all people,[a] to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
6 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you, 8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I have been glorified in them. 11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
First Lesson: Acts 1:6-14
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
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