Out of love and concern for each other, our community, and our fellow citizens, and to help revent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus,
St. Paul's has suspended ALL worship services, meetings and other
activities until further notice.
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Upholding God's Truth and Proclaiming God's Promises
April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday Today’s Palm Sunday service will be live-streamed at 9:00 on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/stpaulsbrownsville/live. If you are not able to join us live, you can also watch it later at the same link.
The service will focus on the word “Hosanna” that was shouted by the crowds that followed Jesus as he entered Jerusalem that day. That Hebrew word is actually a brief prayer, “Save us” that was part of Psalm 118, one of the psalms the Jews sang as part of their Passover celebration. That prayer becomes an expression of praise - and a Hosanna for our time - because asking the Lord to save us tells him and others that we know he’s the one who can save.
Greeting Each Other I've seen other Facebook Live services where the members of the congregation use a Facebook comment to greet each other with a "Good Morning" during the pre-service music, just like when they would see each other in the narthex on the way into church. I thought that we could try that, too. You wouldn't need to respond back to anyone who greets us; just extend your greeting and then begin preparing for worship. (Note: I'm pretty sure that you do need to be a Facebook member in order to make a comment.)
Sharing the Live Feed If you are a Facebook member, please consider sharing our Facebook Live broadcasts, too. The more times a video gets shared, the more likely it is to appear in other folks' newsfeeds, and the more options we might have if we decide to pay Facebook to boost our videos and other posts to a wider audience.
A Message from President Schroeder WELS President Mark Schroeder will live-stream a special message for the members of the synod tonight at 6:00. You can find that stream at https://vimeo.com/402639801.
Holy Week Schedule Each of these live-streamed services will continue the theme of the Lenten services, "The Son of God Goes Forth to War." Watch for an email and Facebook posts Monday or Tuesday with more information about our plans for these services.
Maundy Thursday, April 9 (7:00 p.m.) The Battle Is Personal
Good Friday, April 10 (1:00 p.m.) (no Tenebrae service) The Greatest Battle Ever Fought
Easter Sunday, April 12 (9:00 a.m.) (no Sunrise service) Vic Options for Offline Viewing We're looking into several options for making the videos of our services available to our members who do not have email or Internet access. We plan to create DVDs that could be delivering to these members (along with a portable DVD player if they don’t own one themselves). Another options would be to copy the videos onto laptops or tablets that could also be delivered to these members.
Please let us know if you have any older laptops or tablets or portable DVD players that could be used in such an effort. The laptops/tablets wouldn't need to be able to access the Internet. They would just need the ability to play mp4 videos. Please also let us know if you'd be able to help deliver the DVDs and/or devices in a socially-distanced drop-off at members' homes. Thanks for whatever help you could provide.
Helping Folks with Financial Difficulties Many people across our land – and in our community – have either already experienced or will soon experience financial difficulties because they’ve been laid off or lost hours due to the measures being taken to try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Please contact Jerry Schmidt or me if you are aware of anyone who could use some help. We have some funds available in the Social Needs fund that can be used to provide some groceries or other needs. Donations to our Social Needs fund at this time will allow us to provide more help to more people if the economic situation continues to deteriorate.