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"So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."

Romans 10:17

Practicing Baptismal Renewal

 In the Lutheran tradition of faith, we recognize and practice two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. In the advent of the Corona virus, due to safety concerns, we are not able to safely offer the sacrament of Holy Communion. However, Baptism is also a means of grace. The practice of remembrance of Baptism and the rite of baptismal renewal is an age old Lutheran means of nurturing faith and a return to grace. During today’s worship, you have the opportunity to participate in the rite baptismal renewal. After the general welcome to the broadcast, Pastor Frank will lead you through a rite of public confession and baptismal renewal. Prepare a small bowl of ordinary water and place it on your home altar or wherever you view and participate in worship. When Pastor Frank takes a vessel of water, dips his index finger in the water and marks the sign of the cross on his forehead in remembrance that he is baptized, do the same. In so doing, you touch the means of grace that claimed you as a redeemed child of God, a forgiven sinner, and an inheritor with all the saints in the blessings of God. You receive anew the promise of forgiveness, salvation and sanctification that is also bestowed through the sacrament of Holy Communion. What’s more, you can and are encouraged to practice this rite of baptismal renewal daily, in groups, in solitude, with or without lay or clergy present. It is the perfect sacramental practice for a time of isolation or communal exile.

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May 24, 2020 - The Test

Week 6 of EXILE AND THE KINGDOM 

Life challenges can be tests of faith and connect us with the sufferings of Christ. How we handle tests demonstrates the depth of our connection with Christ Our King. 

Readings

First Lesson: Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 4:12-19
Gospel: John 17:1-11 

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