There is little question that we are living in strange times. But it is an utter gift to know that as much as this world is in chaos, the Lord Jesus never budges an inch on his reign of grace and salvation.
That’s why I am so personally thankful for the regular “private mass” services of Word and Sacrament that we have continued with both decorum and due diligence regarding health and safety.
Though we will miss many familiar hymns and readings over the 2020 Holy Week, we will not miss the Feast of Victory for our Lord.
Nor do you have to entirely miss Good Friday Tenebrae. If you have a computer and internet, you can join the Fisk family for a livestream service of singing and meditation at sundown (a little after 7) on Friday at www.youtube.com/revfiskj
More so, be assured that however you may be taking shelter at these times, once we are again in the clear as a county, our first Sunday back will resound with Easter observations to remind us yet again that while our times are always changing and dying, our Lord and his religion are, indeed, very much alive.
Just as he said…
Meridith, I and the children are doing well. In fact, in all this madness, after two years of renting in Rockford, we are under contract for a house. Please rejoice and pray for this, as our closing is as uncertain as everything else these days….except the reign of Jesus, of course.
Until next time,
P.S. At request we have worked hard the make an online giving platform available. See more on the included note from our Treasurer. The platform can be found at:
P.P.S. Online giving is very helpful when you can’t come to church. But be advised that they do take a percentage in processing. Mailing your checks to Saint Paul is still the best way to ensure that your gifts go the furthest.
***Please call Sue at (815-979-3952) to schedule an appointment for Saturday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm and Easter Sunday from 8:00am – 1:00pm. ***
Dear Members of St. Paul,
We are pleased to announce that online giving is now available for St. Paul Lutheran Church. There are two new ways you can make a donation quickly at any time from anywhere:
• Give online at our church website, www.stpaulrockford.org/online-giving
• Download the free “GivePlus” app from the App Store or Google Play.
You are still encouraged to bring your offering to church or mail it in, particularly during this time when we are not able to gather together. Electronic giving is intended to offer additional ways to make it easy to support the ministry of St. Paul. We invite you to utilize these tools if they simplify your giving, perhaps by setting up a recurring donation. Should you have any questions about online giving, feel free to contact me directly at (815) 332-7146 or call the church office (815-979-3952). Thank you for your continued prayerful and financial support of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Erica de Guzman
Pastor Fisk chatting between services at St Paul
OT Teaching on King SAul
Hymn recommendation for the Week: 436
Want more? Go deep on being Jars of Clay in this old radio show with Pastor Fisk and the Rev. Dr. Adam Koontz
Sharper Iron & The New Covenant: Vessels for Glorious Death https://www.kfuo.org/2018/12/14/sharperiron-new-covenant-121418-vessels-for-glorious-death/
Take a look at the great "anti" "anti-type" and his marvelously backwards take on being a "savior."
It's a sermon, more or less.
Grab a coffee and enjoy! (And don't forget to read hymn 724 as a family if you get the chance today or this week!)
Reading Hymn 724 Together
Follow this link to the podcast mentioned in the video.
The plans for this coming Sunday are similar!
Sunday, from 8am to 1pm, SP Rockford will host indoor private masses for individual family groups to worship and commune together. These will last approximately 10 minutes per service.
Please continue to maintain your pledges and offerings as you are able. SPRockford is no longer as fragile financially as we were just a few months ago, but without your continued giving that gained stability could come back into jeopardy.
Those who trust in the LORD Jesus Christ are like Mount Zion, which can never be moved!
That means you.
Lent is a time of grace.
MIDWEEK LENTEN OT SERIES: BARAK'S FEAR
After a short introduction, Pastor Fisk digs into more of our series on judges, looking at the powerful story of Deborah, Barack, and Jael.
Some of you may receive this message twice, one from myself and again from another elder or representative of SP.
We are trying to ensure everyone be informed.
Our plans for the moment are as follows: