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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.
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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.
In compliance with the City of Philadelphia's guidelines of November 16, 2020 and the recent missive from Bishop Davenport, Faith will be closed for in-person worship until further notice. We regret the necessity for this action, but we urge all to "mask-up," keep social distance, and stay at home as much as possible.
Watch this space for ways you can access Faith on line.
PLEASE wear a face covering at all times when inside the building.
A Message from Our Bishop
As we enter this new year 2021, I am writing to extend my strong recommendation that congregations do not offer in-person worship until further notice. My recommendation, made after much prayer and discernment, is based on our core Lutheran conviction of loving our neighbors – whether they be people in our communities, congregation members, or our rostered ministers.
No one, including pastors, deacons, church staff, and members who may be compromised in ways that make them vulnerable to severe cases of coronavirus, should be required to risk infection by participating in worship, education, or meetings that can be offered remotely. The evidence continues to show that extended gathering indoors, even with masking and distancing, is a major way that this virus spreads.
We are blessed to be able to gather over the miles in sacred cyberspace, and I encourage all leaders and congregations to use this time to advance their strategy and skills to leverage the tools our technological age has provided.
When Martin Luther was faced with the plague, he affirmed that Christians should offer aid and comfort to afflicted neighbors but should take steps to avoid spreading the disease. We do this today by wearing masks, keeping social distancing, practicing hygiene and, yes, by abstaining from in-person gatherings.
I know that many of us are tiring of Zoom and Facebook Live. We long to see each other face-to-face, even if our faces are covered. But science tells us that we are not out of the woods just yet.
These are unprecedented times, and we are learning as we go – together. We are blessed that cases are, at the moment, declining across Pennsylvania. We are blessed that vaccines are beginning to be offered in this area.
However, we are likely to see another surge post-Christmas and New Year’s, as we have following holidays in 2020. It is also possible that most people will not be able to receive a vaccine until summer or fall. Pandemic precautions and restrictions will be with us for some time.
So, sisters and brothers, I urge you to hold fast to God’s promise to be with us in trials as well as in good times. We will gather face-to-face again. Until that time, pray! I am convinced that prayer is the thread that holds us together in Christ during this time. Continue to stay connected through online worship, coffee hours, and Bible studies, and through telephone contact with those who do not have internet access.
We are the church together, whether we are inside or outside our buildings.
Rev. Patricia A. Davenport
This Month at Faith
In-person worship has been suspended per recommendation of the City of Philadelphia for the remainder of the year. As Lutherans, we adhere to Article XVI of the Augsburg Confession and Luther's explanation of the Fourth Commandment to obey civil authorities for the good of society.
Even 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 posting Pastor Owen's "sermonettes" in the video box below, along with informative messages from the ELCA and our local Bishop. You can 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 "Donate" button above.
Gospel Reading for The Baptism of Our Lord, January 10, 2021
4 John the baptizer appeared[a] in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8 I have baptized you with[b] water; but he will baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit.”
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved;[d] with you I am well pleased.”