Dear members and friends of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hobart, and the Eastside Lutheran College community.
Greetings in the name of our triumphant Lord who truly is and will make all things new.
A couple of special services coming up.
This Sunday, 31st of October, is Reformation Sunday. Our Sunday service (10am) will focus on the world-changing Reformation of the Church in the early 1500s and be meaningful, faith-building, Christ centred, strengthening and full of hope. Among other things, we will look at the context in which Luther penned the famous hymn ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God’ and how this can be an encouragement for us today.
I am also writing to inform you of and to extend a special invitation to our ALL SAINTS service Sunday week (November 7th, 10am at the St Peter’s Centre, Eastside Lutheran College). This service will resemble, in many ways, a memorial service. We will acknowledge those who have died or whose funeral has been held over the past year or so, and in some cases even earlier than that.
Family members will have the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of their departed loved one. There will also be an opportunity to remember and acknowledge loved ones who have died prior to the past year or so.
Feel free to phone me (0417 811 706) or email email@example.com if you would like a relative's name read as a part of the candle lighting rite. There will also be an opportunity towards the end of this rite to simply go forward and light a candle for someone you wish to remember.
I share a bulletin notice below with you as it gives further information about the day.
Remembering the departed: Our Sunday service on November 7th will, along with many other Christian Churches, commemorate the festival of All Saints. This historical festival is a special opportunity to again remember and to give thanks for those who have gone before us and to celebrate Christ’s victories over sin, death and the powers of darkness. In addition to songs, readings and a message focusing on the good news of our Lord’s gracious, sacrificial and triumphant answer to death, a candle lighting rite will be a part of the service, which gives an opportunity to specifically acknowledge our departed loved one or ones. Morning tea will follow and all are welcome to stay for it and to bring a plate to share if you wish. Later in the day individuals or families may like to remember their loved ones by sharing stories, a favourite meal, songs, photos or other cherished memories. Our Lord is close and ‘heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds' (Psalm 147:3) and, as we confess in the Creed: ‘I believe in...the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting'.
Warmest regards and blessings,
Pastor Mike Steicke.
Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Hobart.
Dear members and friends of St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Hobart.
Praise and thanks be to God that our recent COVID lockdown has been lifted and only lasted three days. Compared to many places, both in Australia and overseas, we have dodged many bullets here in Tasmania. Our Church doors were only closed for one Sunday, and we were able to stream that service, for which we received quite a number of positive comments and encouraging feedback.
God willing, assuming there are no new positive COVID cases in Southern Tasmania, public assembly for worship will resume this Sunday, 24th of October, 10am at the St Peter’s Centre. Please do keep an eye out for any changes to the situation through reliable media sources. Should there be any major change we will send another mail-out as well as update our website and social media pages. Those attending Sunday will be required to check in. It will be great to see familiar faces again this Sunday.
All being well COVID wise, confirmation lessons will also resume this Sunday at 9am.
A reminder that we will study the last Chapter of Revelation this Thursday, 21st of October at 7.30pm. Join by clicking here or through the link on the St Peter’s homepage.
A report on the first part of the Twentieth Convention of the Lutheran Church of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) was prepared by Sonia. This first part was held online due to COVID travel restrictions in many places making assembly impossible. Thank you Sonia for preparing this report and for acting as our delegate.
Peace, faith, love, strength, joy and patient perseverance to you all in and through our suffering and triumphant Lord who endured and overcame for us.
Warm regards and blessings,
Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Hobart.
Dear members and friends of Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, Hobart,
As Southern Tasmania is in lockdown from tonight (Friday, 15th of October, 6pm), there will be no public gathering for worship this Sunday, the 17th of October.
We will live-stream worship online, similar to how we did last year during the national lockdown. You will be able to access the stream through our website, at splchobart.org at 10am or on YouTube here.
Please remember, do not turn up for worship on Sunday. Only Pastor and myself are allowed to be at the Church to run the stream.
If you require help, further information or care from any of us at St Peter's, please reach out to Pastor, the Pastoral Assistants or myself. The contact details are available in the Church Contact Book or on our website at splchobart.org/contact
As Premier Gutwein said, Tasmania will lockdown till at least Monday. However, the situation is unpredictable. We will continue to keep you informed through these emails, our social media pages and our website.
Stay safe and be calm in God's care.
Office Secretary at St Peter's Lutheran Church, Hobart.
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