Gethsemane Lutheran Online Worship Due to Coronavirus

Dear Gethsemane members and friends,

The spread of COVID-19 has reached the city of Austin, and our church plans are changing accordingly. Following the guidelines of local health officials and the city government, like many other communities of faith we will not hold in-person worship services. This includes Wednesday Midweek Connections. We will reevaluate our plans as local health officials release more updates.

Join us on Sunday, April 5th at 10:30am for our Palm Sunday live stream worship service! For Palm Sunday, we will have a special moment in the service for everyone to wave palm branches together. To participate in this part of the service, please use this printable template to craft a palm branch at home or you may simply find a branch of any type outside near your home to use instead.

The worship bulletin and music lyrics will be posted as soon as they are available.

You will need to download the Zoom app or program on you phone or computer. Here is the link to access the worship service: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6996794165

Whether or not you are able to join the live stream, we encourage you take time each week to light a candle with your family at home for devotional time together. We will also post recordings of our worship services each week that you can view at any time.

This is a difficult time for all of us. However, we can feel good knowing that we are part of the community-wide effort to slow down the spread of the virus as much as possible. By doing so, we are helping keep people healthy and alive.

You can do your part in helping to keep our community well-connected by caring for one another. Call someone you know and check in on them, especially if they are elderly or have health issues that put them at risk. Offer to get groceries or prescriptions if they are trying to minimize contact with others in the community. Encourage those who are feeling anxious or depressed during this time of increased isolation. Reach out to your neighbors in the same way. Keep a prayer vigil going for our community and our church. Make an online offering to ensure we have the financial resources we need to keep operating well in this unique and difficult time. You can mail a gift or use our online giving page:
http://gethsemaneaustin.org/give/