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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 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.
You can enjoy VIRTUAL worship on Facebook Live every Sunday at 10 AM. Go to Faith Luther on Facebook!
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 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 "Donate" button above.
Gospel Reading for Lent 2, February 28, 2021
31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,[a] will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words[b] in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”