Christ Our Hope Lutheran Church
P. O. Box 961690
Riverdale, Georgia 30296
(770) 997-7117 (770) 997-3312
Jeffrey M. Halenza, Pastor
February 17, 2021
Dear Members, Visitors, and Friends of the Congregation,
Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the season of Lent. Mid-week Lenten services will be held on ZOOM on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM beginning this evening (check Pastor Flanigan’s separate email for the order of service and the info you need to join the call). The attached prayer, which I will pray during our service tonight, reflects the call of Lent and comes from hearing and seeing how Christians often talk about God and act. Once again, it is part “talking prayer” and part traditional prayer. I can only hope that it speaks to you in some way and gets you thinking about the sin at the heart of all sin and helps you pray your own prayers.
The number of new cases of the coronavirus are falling dramatically and more and more people are being vaccinated. We hope that these developments will lead to resuming a more normal schedule before too long. In particular, we hope that by Easter (April 4) there will be a lot of us gathering for worship and we will finally be able to stay following the service for coffee and sweets and fellowship – actually talk to one another in person!
Of course we're not there yet and so we will continue our Parking Lot Communion services on every second Saturday at 11:00 AM. March 13 will be the next one and we hope you will join us.
May God continue to grace us with the patience and strength we need to get beyond the virus and continue to give thanks to God in all things and be there for others in whatever way we can,