Someone who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle is casting out demons in Jesus’ name, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.
Please join us for worship with Holy Communion every Sunday at 10 am - all are welcome! You may also watch the service via Livestream using the link above.
Lutherans understand the sacrament of holy communion as a gift of God in Christ Jesus, and as a means of grace by which we receive assurance of God’s love and forgiveness. As Jesus instructs his followers at The Last Supper, we celebrate holy communion when we gather together in person. This sacrament is distributed by an ordained pastor or authorized lay communion minister using elements consecrated in live worship because at Jesus’ table, we are blessed by the real presence of Christ alive in us, gathered as community, through the bread and wine. In this gift of communion we remember that Jesus gave his life willingly for all people, to reveal that God’s love and mercy do not end at death: in baptism we are united with Jesus for eternal life.
Because holy communion is celebrated when we gather in person as the Body of Christ, Luther Memorial does not offer a pre-recorded communion service. During the pandemic, ELCA bishops determined that persons who watch live digital worship may commune from their location if they watch a live communion service; it is not appropriate to commune by watching a pre-recorded service.
To receive holy communion, you have several options:
If you have any questions about the Lutheran understanding of holy communion, please email Luthermemorialblacksburg@gmail.com.
“…for the kingdom of God is within you.” ~Luke 17:21
For a pre-recorded Gospel reading and Sermon,
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All Places Together (APT) is a non-geographic community, based in Virginia. We seek to gather individuals who are searching for God in the wilderness of life, individuals who deeply want to connect to something beyond themselves, and individuals who believe the love of Jesus is embodied in all of God’s diverse creation.
For more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Peace and Hope, a new digital Synod Authorized Worshipping Community in the Virginia Synod, launched in June 2021 to provide a place for congregations to combine their gifts to provide digital worship and digital learning opportunities for individuals around the Synod.
Each week, Pastor Bryan Katz, the mission developer for Peace and Hope, will produce a digital worship experience using a platform called AltarLive. Elements of worship will be pre-recorded by partners in Peace and Hope - the latest service may be viewed below. If you have any questions, reach out to Pastor Monica or Pastor Bryan.