Welcome

 

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 above or the "DONATE" button below:

Our Mission

 

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.

SPECIAL NOTICE:
On June 14, 2020 Faith will resume in-person worship with a service of Morning Prayer (Matins) on the Whiting Road lawn at 10 am. We encourage all to attend wearing masks or facial covering. Disposable masks will be available for those who forget their own. We will observe social distancing. Please bring a lawn chair and remember to keep 6 feet distance. Our prayer service will last approximately 30 minutes. We hope to resume worship inside in August.
SPECIAL NOTICE:
We will begin holding outdoor service of Holy Communion every Tuesday evening at 6:30 starting July 21st.

 

News
Holy Communion
Because of the shut-down, Faith has been unable to continue our tradition of introducing young people to the Lord's Table on Maundy Thursday. Because of social distancing, we have also been unable to share this sacramental meal as a family. Nevertheless, First Holy Communion classes will be offered during the Sunday School Learning Hour just as soon as it's safe to re-open. For those of you who are missing celebrating the Eucharist, please pray this simple prayer used by  our Roman brothers and sisters:
"My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen."
Thank You, Beersheba!
A special shout-out to our ministry partners of the Beersheba Seventh Day Adventist Fellowship who have continued to make their facilities-sue offerings even though our facility is shut-down. Elder Maurice informs us Beersheba's on-line worship service have reached over 1,000 individuals as far away as Canada and Haiti. Isn't it amazing how God can use a pandemic to spread God's word? We are grateful to our SDA brothers and sisters for their generosity during this time, and we thank God for our partnership in the Gospel.
Community Garden
In spite of the shut-down by the coronavirus, Faith is still cultivating our community garden. Dorothy Wilson, Carolyn Edwards, Wayne Radlach, and Mark Sykes have been hard at work weeding and planting . Last year, we at Faith  met our goal of delivering ONE TON of food and supplies to Feast of Justice. Over 300 lbs. of food came directly from our garden. The need for emergency food is as great now as it has ever been. Please keep watching this space or Pastor's emails for information on how you can get involved to help our neighbors who are food insecure.
Letter from Committee of Deans

The committee of Deans of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod express their deep concern for the ongoing racism and racial injustice that is deeply embedded in the fabric of our society. We have chosen to respond with words of Holy Scripture, knowing and trusting that God’s Word brings both comfort and challenge. 

 

Pastor Erika Wesch, Dean of Upper Bucks Conference and Pastor of Little Zion Lutheran Church, Telford 

"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." - 1 Corinthians 12:2, 26  

 

Pastor Bryan Penman, Dean of Lower Montgomery Conference and Pastor of St. Mark’s Luther Church, Conshohocken 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. - Hebrews 12:1-3  

 

Pastor Ron Wesemann, Dean of Chester Conference and Pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Chester Springs 

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. - 1 Corinthians 12:7 

 

Pastor Regina Goodrich, Dean of Central Philadelphia Conference and Pastor of Mediator Lutheran Church, Philadelphia 

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. - Amos 5:24  

 

Pastor Jane Marston, Dean of NE/NW Philadelphia Conference and Pastor of Tabor Lutheran Church, Philadelphia 

For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father's family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this. - Esther 4:14 

 

Pastor Norbert Hahn, Dean of Lower Bucks Conference, and Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Somerton 

The words of Jesus: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.... Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."  - Matthew 25:40-45. 

 

Pastor Christopher McKinstry, Dean of Upper Montgomery Conference and Pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Limerick 

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. - Isaiah 58:9-10 

  

Pastor Marcia Bell, Director of Mobility and Chair of the Committee of Deans 

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8 

 

Pastor Christian McMullan, Director of Interim Ministry and Pastor of Grace and Emmanuel Lutheran Churches, Pottstown 

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:1-2 

 

Pastor Leslie Richard, Dean of Delaware Conference and Pastor of Grace, Broomall

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You" - Psalm 139:11-12 

This Month at Faith

Activities have been suspended because of the Covid-19 outbreak. You can still make donations to the church by clicking the "Donate" button above, and you can read the text of Pastor's sermons by clicking on "Pastor's Blog" on the toolbar. Check out the box below for short video sermons from Pastor Owen. May God bless you and keep you safe during this difficult time!

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult" (Psalm 46: 1-3)

PRAYER FOR HEALING AND PROTECTION AMIDST COVID-19 CRISIS

Lord Jesus, at your command, the sick were made well! Come to our aid now, in the midst of the Global spread of the Corona Virus, that we may experience your healing love.

 

Heal those who are sick with the Virus. May they regain their strength. Heal us from our fear, which prevents us from working together and with one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty, sorrow and fear. Be with those who died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry or grieve, defend them from illness and despair.

Be with the medical professionals who seek to heal and put themselves at risk in the process. Be with the leaders of all nations, give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the wellbeing of everyone.

 

Lord, Stay with us as some of us mourn, as many of us try to endure, persist, struggle and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, Heal us and protect us. Amen

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