That We may Know, Live, and
Share the Love of Christ
To join Lord of the Valley in worship on ZOOM at 9:30am on Sunday mornings copy and paste this link in your browser:
This Sunday, July 5th our worship will be presented both on Zoom and on 95.9 FM radio in our parking lot! Pastor Brian will lead this service from the front porch of LOTV for those who wish to Drive-in. This service will begin at 9:35am and will be streamed on Zoom with our regular Sunday worship link. The order for worship is available as a PDF download below. Please print it (or download to your device) and bring it with you. Park your vehicle facing the front entrance and be sure to keep at least 6 feet between vehicles. Please note that everyone will be required to remain in their cars before, during and after this service. We will not be sharing Holy Communion on this occasion. Also, the church facility will not be available (no restroom access). Let us see how well this experimental worship format goes!
Following is shared by our sister congregation, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We share it with you.
The church is essential.
The church is open – and has been open all along.
The church is people who have been serving meals to hungry neighbors, volunteering in the community, providing worship and Bible study through multiple online platforms, calling our neighbors, delivering groceries, partnering with other people of faith and non-religious people to work with and for our vulnerable neighbors, praying, donating, singing, parenting, teaching, learning, nursing, doctoring, farming, stocking and selling groceries, delivering mail, collecting trash – all with the intention of, as best we can, embodying God’s love for all, wherever we are.
The building is closed, and will remain so for the time being.
The church is more than a building.
We miss gathering in person and all the benefits of doing so.
We are confident that our right to worship is secure.
We are called to act with compassion and care for those who are vulnerable, even if that requires further inconvenience and sacrifice.
We will joyfully gather in person again
when we are persuaded by the Holy Spirit and
scientific evidence that it is loving and wise to do so.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (ELCA), Glenwood Springs, CO
Additional thoughts from Pastor Brian of Lord of the Valley Lutheran Church
While our sanctuary is closed our hearts are open! We have moved our worship here, to our website, with a live streamed service on Sunday mornings on Zoom. Use the link above to join us.
This worship format will continue for the month of June and very likely through the summer months. We wish to be able to offer worship in person, but know that it will be some time before we are confident it is safe to do so, for our members and friends, our musicians and staff, and those who visit Grand County from all over the state, nation and world. We will announce any changes here on our website.
Our nation and world continues to respond to the crisis brought on by the Coronavirus/ COVID 19. As a community in Jesus Christ we want to extend our care to those around us. Part of our expression of Christ’s love is to be mindful of the risks of transmitting this virus, especially to those most vulnerable. This describes a significant portion of our membership and friends who regularly would be present in worship. We do well to follow the wisdom of staying at home, keeping appropriate social distance, correctly wearing a mask or face covering and practice healthful ways of living through good diet, exercise and personal hygiene.
This time continues to be an excellent time to grow in our spiritual practices of prayer and meditation, scripture reading and study, writing and other creative activities. It is also a time to stay in touch with family and friends, or re-connect through a phone call or email. Plan a virtual dinner using one of the many apps that are available like Zoom or Facetime or Hangouts.
Be kind and generous, to your loved ones, friends and neighbors… and yourself!
Let us lean into the creativity that God has given us so that we remain close and connected during this time apart. We have heard a lot about Social Distance during this time. Let us practice “Physical Distancing” while we seek to remain socially connected through phone conversations, email, text messages and other means of looking out for one another. God walks with us in promise and peace during these uncertain times.
Let us remain in Christ’s love,
Pastor Brian Bergum