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Congregation at Prayer for Judica, March 29-April 4

Is anyone else ready to say goodbye to March? Just seeing April on next week’s date gave me a little jolt of happiness.

Here is the Congregation at Prayer for the coming week.

A couple of notes to help avoid confusion:

We have changed the source of the daily readings, so if you have been doing them and notice a big jump, that’s why. We are now using the same readings from the Treasury of Daily Prayer that are being used at Matins. The Congregation at Prayer follows the schedule set up by Redeemer Classical School for memory work. Because of their scheduled spring break, as well as our schedule changes, there may be some adjustments that we are making and a bit more review than usual.

Bulletin for Judica, the Fifth Sunday in Lent

The services at 10:30 a.m. will be live streamed on both Saturday and Sunday. Both services will use the bulletin for Judica. They will have different pastors, and therefore different sermons. They will also have different organists and choirs, so tune in to both services!

For your convenience, we are also uploading the Litany since we will be using the sung version for those services.

The Congregation at Prayer will be uploaded tomorrow.

Update to Passion reading schedule

Monday Mar 23 Matt 26:1-46
Tuesday Mar 24 Matt 26: 47-27:28
Wednesday Mar 25 Matt 27: 29-66
Thursday Mar 26 Mark 14:1-72
Friday Mar 27 Mark 15:1-47
Saturday Mar 28 Luke 22:1-38
Sunday Judica Mar 29 Luke 22:39-71
Monday Mar 30 Luke 23: 1-56
Tuesday Mar 31 Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Wednesday Apr 1 John 18:1-27
Thursday Apr 2 John 18:28-38
Friday Apr 3 John 18:39-19:16
Saturday Apr 4 John 19:17-42

Some of you may have noticed that March 31 was missing from the original schedule that we posted. That day has now been added and we have inserted a reading from Isaiah into the schedule. Please make a note of the changes.

SignUpGenius issues and answers

We’ve had a few questions and issues pop up with the SignUpGenius. Here are a few common things we’ve heard.

It will only let me sign up for one seat. Sometimes this is happening. Other times it lets you pick a number from a drop down list. I have not been able to find any reason why it works this way. If it does this, you should be able to go in and edit your own signup. At that point it will let you add people up to the number of seats available in that service. If you can’t get it to work, email or text Jane. Please don’t sign up for one spot and then comment that there will be more people there.

It says there are seven seats available, but it will only let me add four. When this is happening it is usually because someone else is signing up for the same time slots at the same time. I can see it happening. If this happens, wait a few minutes and see if the service has filled up. If not, add your other people.

I signed up and now my name’s not there. Unfortunately, we have had a couple of time slots that have randomly deleted. Again, we aren’t sure why. We aren’t doing it! If this happens to you, please sign up for another time.

How often can I sign up? Our aim is for everyone who wishes to, and is well, to be able to be here once a week. We are adding services as needed to make that possible.

Feel free to contact Jane via email or text with any issues. Her email address is in every bulletin and at the bottom right hand corner of the website pages and her phone number is in the directory.

Services cancelled

At 5:30 pm today, without warning or consultation, the Allen County Health Commissioner has issued an order to shut down church gatherings of more than 10 people in Allen County. Consequently, Redeemer Lutheran Church will only have one service tomorrow, at 10:30 a.m. held by the Pastor and our musicians, which will be livestreamed.

We had made careful plans to gather tomorrow in accordance with the current CDC guidelines. This new decision was announced at such a late hour that there is no way to determine if the commissioner has this authority or not before tomorrow morning. In the past week there have been several states that have issued similar orders which were rescinded or changed within a day or two. We think it is likely that will happen here, also, but not before tomorrow morning.

We were caught completely off guard even though we have been going to extreme measures already for two weeks and making every effort to comply with the CDC. So now, for the moment, the chairman, Pastor Frese, and I feel that we must simply comply and cancel all services for tomorrow, except for the 10:30 livestream. This breaks our hearts. It’s highly disappointing. It does little to dispel the panic and the rumors that are flying, or slow down the hundreds of shoppers coughing on one another at Costco and Walmart.

We will see what can be done for next week. We will do so in good order and with the processes guaranteed us as American citizens. We will honor the government that God has placed over us, but we will not blindly obey either that which is immoral or unreasonable. If absolutely necessary to avoid sin, we will disobey. We must obey Him and not men if the two are at odds. If a law is merely unreasonable but does not violate God’s Law, we will comply, but we will fight for just law as is our right, even to the point of going to the Supreme Court if we must. We will continue to seek to serve our neighbors and one another in body and soul throughout whatever this world throws at us. As it stands now, the Commissioner’s order does not forbid us from livestreaming the service. God willing, it will be on at 10:30 am tomorrow. Stay tuned for more news.

Message from Pastor Petersen

Brothers and Sisters in Christ: you can find updates about what Redeemer is doing at our news page. You can also sign up on the right hand side of the page for e-mail notifications when it is updated (on mobile devices the sign up will be at the bottom).

We are offering the Sacrament by sign up to groups of fewer than 10. You do not need to be on our paper roster. We still practice closed communion, but this is not only for “official members.” Seminary students and others are most welcome.

If the idea of coming makes you nervous at all, don’t come and don’t feel guilty. This is not for everyone. Some need to stay home because they might have been exposed or are not feeling well. Some need to stay home because their consciences are bound and they think that is the best practice. Some don’t know what to believe about what is best and are nervous. All those people should stay home and not feel any pressure from us. Let us not judge one another harshly in these strange times but walk in love.

If you desire the Sacrament, please sign up here: We are taking extra and extreme precautions with regard to cleanliness and to staying at least six feet apart from the tiny groups that gather. Do not worry about taking a seat! We can add more and are glad to do so but we will only add as they services fill.

None of this should make you feel guilty or pressured. Do what is best for your family with the information you have. Trust in God. He will bless those who act in faith and trust in Him. So also please continue to avail yourself of the livestream and the Redeemer Youtube channel. Do not feel as though you have to make your young children sit through it all straight through! Break it up or just watch those parts together that they can participate in or understand (Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Bible readings, Sermon, etc.) Again: do not feel guilty but use as is best for you.

You can also subscribe to Redeemer’s channel and sign up for notifications. We expect to keep having something every single day. If you need anything, please call us. Pastor Frese and I have been phoning every family but aren’t to everyone yet. If we already called you and you still want to talk, call. If we haven’t called yet and you want to talk, call. God bless you. Rejoice. It is Laetare. God is good. Christ is risen. We live in Him and this life, at is best or its worst, is but temporary.

Matins 3/16-3/20/2020

If you are joining us via streaming for Matins this week, here are a couple of things that might be helpful to you.

We are doing the Responsory for Lent. This is on p. 222 in the Lutheran Service Book. The memory work we are doing is the Third Petition of The Lord’s Prayer and Hebrews 11:1.

We will also be chanting the Litany, which can be found in LSB on page 288.

Matins is Monday through Friday at 8:30.

Christmas Eve Service

The Twelve Days of Christmas Services

Services at Redeemer for the Christmas Season

On the Night before Christmas:

Choral Christmas Eve Vespers and Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.

On the First Day of Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.,
Christmas Dinner, 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend dinner in the undercroft for a time of joyful fellowship, good food, and games. The meat will be provided, but we ask that you bring side dishes or desserts, beverages that you would like besides water and coffee, and table service for your family. There will be beer available for a suggested donation. Contact us for more information and to RSVP.

On the Second Day of Christmas (Tuesday, Dec. 26):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of St. Stephen, Martyr

On the Third Day of Christmas (Wednesday, Dec. 27):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

On the Fourth Day of Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 28):*

Divine Service, 7:00 p.m., Feast of the Holy Innocents

On the Fifth Day of Christmas (Friday, Dec. 29):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 30):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas (1st Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 31)

Divine Service, 8:00 a.m.
Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas (Monday, January 1):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

On the Ninth Day of Christmas (Tuesday, January 2):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas (Wednesday, January 3):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas (Thursday, January 4):*

Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Friday, January 5):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

Epiphany (Saturday, January 6):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

*Thursday services during Christmas are at 7:00 p.m. only.

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