This is certainly a wild time to be a disciple of Jesus. COVID-19 continues to spread throughout our country and it has turned our world upside down. Across the country, different government organizations and healthcare providers have asked us to refrain from gathering in big groups and – when we do gather – to shift in how we interact and worship together.
Which means that we have an amazing opportunity.
Now is our chance to practice what we have been preaching for years – that the church is so much more than one building on one morning each week.
We are committed to encouraging one another to continue to grow in faith during this time, and providing resources for us all to continue to grow closer in relationship with God and one another. Bookmark this page as we continue to add to our resources.
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Every week, we will have an online worship option where the prayers, scripture, message, communion, and a blessing are broadcast live from the sanctuary each Sunday over FB Live starting at 10:00am every Sunday.
If you’d like to participate in Holy Home Communion, here are some options for you:
- You can call Dawn at the OSLC office and schedule a time during the week prior to pick up individual communion cups for your household. Then simply bring them out during your morning worship.
- You can make communion bread at your house using the recipe we use at church found midway down this page: https://inside.luthersem.edu/community-care/chapel/
- You can also grab wine or grape juice – it doesn’t need to be fancy at all.
- Our Synod has also put together a Holy Home Communion booklet for those who are uncomfortable with participating or unable to participate in virtual communion online. That can be found here.
Read the Bible
So you’re stuck at home and you’re all caught up on your Netflix shows. What’s next?
As the season changes and the temps outside drop, get a cup of tea or hot chocolate and pick up your Bible!
- Read online – Bible Gateway is a fantastic resource, with many translations available. (We use the Common English Bible translation in worship).
- Have an extra hour each day? Our friends at Spirit of Joy! Lutheran Church down in Texas put together a great plan to read the whole Bible! Check out their B90 reading plan, and use your new free time to dig deep in Scripture. Pastor Eric did this 2 summers ago and it was wonderful!
- If you jump in on this sort of speed read, here are some helpful tips for reading the whole Bible.
With Children and Families
- Pastor Megan from Immanuel Lutheran has an awesome way for kids to move these Bible stories from their head to their heart. It’s called Head to Heart Kids Yoga & Bible Stories. Check them out!
- This is a helpful comic / workbook for talking about the pandemic with children.
- Here is another online comic explaining about COVID-19 in terms children can understand.
- Illustrated Ministry is providing free weekly resources to families (requires email registration).
In addition to the resources listed above, some of our local siblings in Christ are doing great work in online ministry that they are gracious enough to post for all of our benefit.
- Immanuel Lutheran in Wadena has a brilliant house church model with a lot of great opportunities for worship with family and friends.
- Calvary Lutheran in Alexandria as well as Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead both post great devotional content – messages of hope and inspiration, as well as music to help us deepen our faith in hard times.
We know this is a hard time for all of us. What is posted here is just the beginning. We will continue to create new resources, as well as pull together great resources from our friends and siblings in Christ as well.