Services Resume Sunday

Services Resume Sunday, May 17

Our Savior – 9:00 a.m.

Faith – 11:15 a.m.

GOOD NEWS!

THIS SUNDAY, MAY 17, WE WILL RESUME SERVICES. They will be at the regular times, 9:00 a.m. at Our Savior and 11:15 at Faith. No Bible Class at this time.

We will use the brief Office of Prime for the Easter Season, followed by Holy Communion.

There will be no “socializing.” Plan to arrive just before the service and plan on leaving immediately after. We will designate seats to maintain “social distancing” during the service. I will continue to record the services for those who cannot come or should not be out due to underlying medical conditions.

We are leaning it up to you to decide whether it is appropriate for you to be out and about. I must say that every day of our lives we trust in the Lord to provide for us. We take reasonable precautions in everything from the way we drive to how we care for our health and well-being. Whether it is from COVID-19 or some other illness, we will eventually reach the end of this life and exchange this mortal for immortality, so while we are prudent, we do not live in fear. So use sanctified good sense to decide whether you will attend or not.

If you are not able to attend, or consider it unwise, work with me to be sure that you continue to receive the Word and sacrament.  I will continue to shepherd you!

I have been in regular receipt of information from the State of Oregon, and have received confirmation that we are officially in “Phase 1” of reopening. You can find information here: https://govstatus.egov.com/reopening-oregon#countyStatuses

Here is the official description:

  • Phase 1
  • First reopening stage, allowed in specific counties that qualify. Includes limited reopening of restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms, and malls. Gatherings of up to 25 people allowed for recreational, social, cultural, civic or faith events – with physical distancing requirements.

Our regular attendance in Medford does not exceed 25. In Grants Pass we are usually about 30, but I do not expect that everyone will attend. If there are more than 25, we can put chairs up in the narthex, which qualifies as a different room.

Masks are not addressed in the state guidelines, but I will wear one when I am close to someone, as in serving Holy Communion.

Cordially and prayerfully, in Christ,

Pastor Bryant

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Lent & Easter Service 2020

LENT & EASTER SERVICES

4/2/2020

Due to the continued restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, church services and devotions will be recorded and available on YouTube.

Current Plans:

  1. We will not have services at church until further notice.
  2. We will not offer individual communion during Holy Week as we had hoped.
  3. Some of you have called me for counsel.  Keep it up. I am happy to meet with you by phone for counsel, comfort, confession & absolution, etc.
  4. If you want to meet with me in person, call me and I will set it up.
  5. I am generally reserving my in-person contact for those in the hospital, who are very sick or dying, or who are otherwise in distress, but if you are in that situation I assure you I will be there.

More Information from Pastor Bryant

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Idolatry – Clinging to a Counterfeit

Idolatry

Clinging to a Counterfeit

“Idol” means “counterfeit.” Idolatry is clinging to a counterfeit of the true God. Some examples:

Money: It seems to provide the necessities of life, but fails, for money is not the Life-giver.

Government: Some depend upon government to provide all things, but find out government can also take.

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Words That Matter

(2 Timothy 1:13, CSB)

Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

In the Christian church we use words that have specific meanings that don’t change, due to their special use. These words are important to our understanding of God’s word and to clearly expressing what He says.


GRACE

“Grace” is undeserved and unmerited love.  It is God’s love toward us, not because we have been good or otherwise deserved it, but because He is merciful and loving.

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