Watch the Wednesday, March 18 Lent Worship service at the link below.
Victory’s COVID – 19 Plan
Dear Members and Friends of Victory,
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 NIV
With faith and confidence in our Almighty God, the Victory Board of Directors met and has decided on a plan for worship and other activities at Victory.
Worship is the central activity of the church. It is critical for us to gather together to receive what God offers through His Word and the Lord’s Supper. God’s Word also directs us saying, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” -Galatians 6:10 NIV Unprecedented action is being taken in our nation to slow the spread of the COVID -19 virus. As a church whose identity revolves around community and being together, we find ourselves at a challenging juncture. In an attempt to balance the importance of corporate worship and our care for each other we will be live streaming our Wednesday evening Lent services and our Sunday morning worship services on Facebook. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. on Sunday go to the Victory Lutheran Church Facebook page to watch a simulcast of an abbreviated service. Though we will not be worshiping together physically, we are still the body of Christ.
I am still working to keep you connected to and comforted by God’s Word via social media. Our office Administrator, Jennifer is coordinating online resources including worship folders for the live-streamed services and children’s bulletins. These will be emailed and also available on the Victory website. www.victorylcms.org. Our Board of Directors is dealing with issues as they arise on this ever changing landscape. We’re praying for you, please pray for us!”
Pastoral care will continue. In other words, if you need something, please contact the church office, or me directly. Jennifer and I will also generally be keeping our regular office hours.
A few important things to keep in mind:
Victory’s financial obligations continue. Please mail your regular offerings to Victory or contact Pam Bandy on how to set up direct deposit. PamBandy@edinarealty.com You can also download the Venmo app and search @victory-Lutheran to give your regular offerings that way.
Sunday School will not meet until further notice.
We will forego the remaining Lent suppers.
We will not be serving refreshments after worship until further notice.
Greeters, readers, ushers, worship assistants and acolytes need not report for duty on Sundays or Wednesdays until further notice.
I encourage you to read your Bible to receive strength and hope from God’s Word. Pray for wisdom for our leaders, protection for first responders and medical staff and a quick resolution to this issue here in our nation and around the world.
In order to maintain some sense of community, I encourage you to reach out to fellow members of Victory on Social media to be… well… “social”. Text, call, write a letter. Continue to communicate with each other.
If you have further questions, email or call. I am here for you and will be there for you wherever you are if needed.
Pastor’s mobile number: 612-616-0313
Church number: 952-934-0956
Love and peace in Jesus,
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
–Romans 10:13–14 NIV
Our current sermon series is titled “8 Objections to Christianity and How to Respond”. This weeks objection: “What about those who never hear about Jesus?” The apostle Paul deals with this question in the verse above. Some have used this verse to argue that those who haven’t heard get a free pass, but Paul seems to be arguing instead for the critical importance of making sure all people DO hear about their Savior, Jesus. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” It would sit better with me to believe that those who are ignorant of the gospel will be pardoned, but if that’s true wouldn’t we be better off keeping our faith to ourselves? If they get a free pass why would we want to mess with it by telling them about Jesus? Then they might reject Him and be damned for sure. But that approach doesn’t line up with Christ’s command to, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). It’s not an easy question, but rather than go with our gut, we have to go with God’s Word. The Bible makes it clear that God loves all people (John 3:16) and wants all people to be saved. (1 Timothy 2:4) We also know that our task it to spread the Good News about Jesus to everyone, (Matthew 28:19) because Jesus is the way to the Father. (John 14:6) And last, but not least we know that God will do what is right. “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deuteronomy 32:4 NIV). My response to this objection is that God makes it clear that my job is to share Jesus and His love with others because Jesus is the way to the Father, and God will always do what is right.
Sunday Service Sneak Peek for March 15, 2020 – Romans 10:9-15
In this series, you’ll learn how to respond to 8 common objections to the Christian faith and be more comfortable sharing who you are with others! Find out more this Sunday, March 15 at 9 a.m. Worship.