Sermon for Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 9, 2020

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

Romans 10:5-15    Psalm 85:8-13    Matthew 14:22-33
COVID-19

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

“Storms rage around us and within us and cause us to be afraid.” The prayer of the day could not have summarized our situation any better.

It is good to sail together at this time in the ship that is the church, that is our faith. The storms of this time and the rage how we deal with them, often feel as if the bottom is in the process of being pulled out from under us. The metaphor of the boat tossed about, “tortured” as the text says literally, for endless hours in the dead of the night on the Sea of Galilee readily applies itself to hospital situations, to kitchen tables piled with unpaid bills, to city hall deliberations, police departments, demonstrations mourning the shooting of loved ones, the halls of congress, the space of national cyber security. Storms rage around us. Continue reading

Unbounded – Sermon for Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020

At the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Karin Liebster, Pastor for Faith Formation

Ezekiel 37:1-14  Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11  John 11:1-45

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

So, dear sisters and brothers, how are you today? After this week? We have heard from many from you, and would love to hear from you again or for the first time. By email, by phone, by text, or in the chat room when this worship is broadcast. It’s a wonderful new way of being together apart. Continue reading

Pastoral Update and Worship This Sunday at 11am on Facebook and YouTube

A joke is going around “our” circles that gets right at our sentiments. “Who would have guessed a couple of weeks ago that we would have to give up church for Lent?”  Yes, funny, but not true. The church is wherever 2 or 3 gather with the promise that Jesus will be among us. So there! Church will not give us up nor we it, though we will have it in both digital space and socially-distanced space.

So THIS Sunday, Church Happens at 11am on our Facebook and YouTube 

Given the latest developments, there are changes in our Sunday plans as compared to what was previously announced. Worship will be streamed at 11am AND it will include the Communion Liturgy. We will NOT gather for Communion on the rear lawn. Rather, households are encouraged to have bread and wine at hand while you watch the livestream and to share communion then with each other as you see us likewise share on the stream. We guarantee you will be able to hear words better, and invite you to follow along with the virtual bulletin that will accompany the stream. THEN, at Noon, any of you who would like instead to receive communion (bread only) at the church are encourage to “drive-through” either parking lot, beginning at Noon (for the rear lot, enter from Greenbriar and exit on Chaucer).

Yes, this is unusual. Good and caring pastoral theology, however, sees no difference between our communing with all the saints over time and space in the Eucharistic event and our sharing in digital space in times of emergency. The church’s preference, to be sure, is to enjoy God’s blessings in and with a physical community. Exigencies are occasions for us to experience God’s blessings in whatever sense of community can be available, nevertheless. We are in such a time to claim God’s graces in even unusual ways.

See you on Sunday on-line or in-l

Matinee Concert January 19

Join violist Matthew Carrington for a Matinee Concert
at CTK Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Matthew, a member of CTK and a regular with the Bach Society, will perform music written for other instruments that have found their way to the viola. This concert will also be given at First Lutheran Church in Galveston on Saturday, January 18 at 4:00 p.m.  All welcome!