OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH
3301 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
DIVINE SERVICE 7:30 PM
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This coming Sunday, February 6, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord which is both the last Sunday after Epiphany and the last Sunday of the Christmas cycle of the Church Year, which consists of the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. At the Divine Service on the morning of Christmas Day we always hear the wonderful prologue of Saint John’s Gospel (John 1:1–14) which ends with these words: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” The transfiguration was that moment in the Savior’s life when the apostles Peter, James, and John beheld the glory Christ had with the Father from all eternity, the presence with Him of Moses and Elijah showing that He is the One to whom all the prophets bore witness (Acts 10:43). In the reading of both the Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures in the Divine Service, the prophets and apostles continue to bear witness to Him who then comes to us in His glorified Body and Blood. On the mountain of transfiguration Saint Peter cried out, “Lord, it is good that we are here!” (Matthew 17:4)—and so can we when on the Lord’s Day we hear His holy Word and receive Him in the holy Sacrament!
By now you will have heard of the passing of our dear brother in Christ, Joseph Silver, who fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, January 5. His funeral was held in church on Friday, January 14. The burial took place at the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, January 19. He was much loved and loving. He loved this church, serving here in several capacities. He served on the Church Council, was President of the congregation, and served as a Reader and as Sexton. As long as he was able to do so, he was present in the Lord’s house every Lord’s Day. He was in so many ways an example to us all. May the Light perpetual shine upon him and may our heavenly Father comfort his dear wife Julia, his family, and all who mourn his departure with the sure and certain hope of the resurrection. Copies of the Obituary folder are still available at church and provide a wonderful picture of his life.
The COVID pandemic continues to be with us. I wish to thank Paul Techau for leading the service on Sunday, January 16, when I was confined to my home with COVID. I am very grateful that my symptoms were quite mild which no doubt had something to do with the fact that I had received all three vaccinations. A number of our members and friends have gotten this virus but—to the best of my knowledge—for more than a year now no one has been hospitalized. For that we clearly must be grateful! We continue in prayer for everyone affected, for all our medical personnel and for those who are searching for effective medications and preventive measures. None of this is easy.
Lessons in patience continue. Be sure to read the Historic Preservation Update at the end of this newsletter. We continue to owe Mary Techau a tremendous debt of gratitude for her tireless efforts to make all of this happen. Thank you, Mary!
We have recently received several generous gifts from friends of Our Saviour, and for that too we are most grateful.
A date has yet to be set for the memorial service for Pastor Gary Fisher.
We continue to pray for all those for whom our prayers are desired: James Bauman, Louis Bell, Dana Carmichael, Lucille Carmichael, Maggie Doswell, Albert Ford, Frank Ford, Iris Ford, Yolanda Ford, Sean Fortune, Helen Gray, Queenie Hardaway, Gloria Jones, Althea Masterson, Julia Silver, Lawrence Smallwood, Wally Techau, George Volkman, Dennis Watson, Gary Watson. Maggie Doswell continues to recover at the Cadia Health Care, 4922 LaSalle Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Yolanda Ford remains at Future Care, 1046 North Point Road, Baltimore, MD 20782. Louis Bell is at Autumn Lake HealthCare, 7 Sudbrook Road, Pikesville, MD 21208. In addition to remembering them in prayer, sending cards is a good way to express our love and concern.
I continue to bring the Holy Sacrament to those who are unable to be present in church. Believe me when I say that I am always glad to visit members confined to their homes and bring Holy Communion to them. You need only call me at (410) 554–9994 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
The last three Sundays in February are the Sundays of Pre Lent, when the Church prepares for the Lenten season which this year begins on March 2nd. We will as usual have the Wednesday Lenten Vespers. Depending on circumstances, we may also have our Lenten soup suppers as well.
Please remember me in your prayers; you are in mine.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION UPDATE
Bell Update: New “bell strikers” have been mounted for each of the 18 bells and some electrical work has been completed. We are working with McShane and an electrician to complete the work. The process is taking longer than anticipated but we know we will have the bells working again.
Water in the undercroft: We have secured a bid to install a “French-drain” system in the undercroft using the money we received from the state. A contractor has been hired and we hope the work will be completed over the next few months.