First United Lutheran Church

First United Lutheran Church

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From the pastor:
We can remember that the Lord created heaven and earth to give us perspective on our life as children of this God. We do not park God at a distance as the Creator who surrounds us with an environment and then leaves us to figure the rest out. Nor does God limit engagement with us to this moment and this place, rather the Lord touched the Earth to prepare for the world we know and then guarantees our future which lies ahead. Plus, God who created the entire globe raises our awareness of our connection to others around the Earth. In this Lenten Season, the Lord calls us to closer connections – with the Lord of Heaven and Earth as well as our life here and now and with the Lord who calls us to raise our sights to connections with the cosmos and globe, to beginnings and endings, and to those known and those scattered beyond our immediate view.

Let us pray: In our need, we call out to you, Lord of All. In our everyday, we seek your call to awareness and care beyond our everyday horizons. In our confession, give us a broader perspective of our shortcomings as well as the world which opens to us in forgiveness and amendment of life. Amen.
We invite y'all to join us for worship on facebook this morning at 10:30 at Central Lutheran! https://www.facebook.com/CentralLutheranDallas/
Hope you are all doing well! Stay safe!
Please join us! Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 pm (central time). The bulletin is available on our website at www.centrallutheran.org/bulletins
Click on Easter Vigil. Join us for this special service! All are welcome!
We invite y'all to join with us on facebook for a Wed evening prayers and devotional time at 7:00pm: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CentralLutheranDallas/posts/?ref=page_internal
Hope to "see" you there! Stay safe!
Romans 8:38 (modified!) Nothing can separate us from the Love of God! Neither death nor life.... nor Covid-19! We invite you to join us for on-line worship. Come "join" us in worship at 10:30 on Facebook! (Wed evening at 7pm, too!). The bulletin for this morning can be found here: http://www.centrallutheran.org/pastors-voice/
Y'all are invited to join us in supporting this important neighborhood ministry! Tickets are available at the church office M-F, 8am-noon or before and after our 10:30 worship service. Contact the office or PM us here and we can hold them at the door for you! $10 per ticket

Since 1923. We are centrally located on Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, TX. We hold services every Sunday at 10:30 am. Visitors are welcome.

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Worship Service July 25, 2021 07/24/2021

Worship Service July 25, 2021

All are welcome to our online worship service for the 9th Sunday after Pentecost with songs, prayers, readings, Psalms, Communion, and a message. https://vimeo.com/578305101

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07/19/2021

Congratulations on the 40th anniversary of your ordination, Pastor Russell Vardell. We are so grateful for your ministry at First United Lutheran Church!

Congratulations on the 40th anniversary of your ordination, Pastor Russell Vardell. We are so grateful for your ministry at First United Lutheran Church!

Whole Worship Service June 27, 2021 06/27/2021

Whole Worship Service June 27, 2021

Our hybrid of summer services continues with worship online today. Join us for songs, readings, prayers, Scripture, Communion, and reflection: https://vimeo.com/567997906

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Worship Service June 20, 2021 06/20/2021

Worship Service June 20, 2021

This summer we're trying a hybrid of services-- some in-person and some online-- to be as accessible as possible. Today's service is online, so join us, won't you? Celebrate Sunday (and Father's Day) with Scripture, hymns, prayers, and Communion: https://vimeo.com/565080707

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Photos from First United Lutheran Church's post 06/07/2021

So wonderful to gather in the sanctuary once again for our Sunday worship service! Plus, outdoor "Porch Fellowship" worked out OK too. Such a blessing to gather in person-- even as "Masked Singers." :-)

06/01/2021

From the Pastor: With over half the country’s adults vaccinated, a return to some indoors worship seemed appropriate. You are welcome this coming Sunday at 10:30am for a transitional service on site. Social distancing will be based on sitting between the quilts as placed. Masks will not be required, except when singing. Communion will occur each Sunday, using individually packaged elements. In consideration of health concerns, no food or beverage will be available through the Summer, but some after-worship conversations can occur outside. For those preferring online worship, we will have that option at least once a month. Please let us know your opinions and reflections on these worship experiences.

Let us pray: Lord of life journeys, go with us through this time of emerging from a global pandemic. Heal, strengthen, guide, and inspire us during the days ahead. Amen.

From the Pastor: With over half the country’s adults vaccinated, a return to some indoors worship seemed appropriate. You are welcome this coming Sunday at 10:30am for a transitional service on site. Social distancing will be based on sitting between the quilts as placed. Masks will not be required, except when singing. Communion will occur each Sunday, using individually packaged elements. In consideration of health concerns, no food or beverage will be available through the Summer, but some after-worship conversations can occur outside. For those preferring online worship, we will have that option at least once a month. Please let us know your opinions and reflections on these worship experiences.

Let us pray: Lord of life journeys, go with us through this time of emerging from a global pandemic. Heal, strengthen, guide, and inspire us during the days ahead. Amen.

05/31/2021

From the Pastor: For ancient God followers, memorial days, altars, and places marked previous encounters with the holy, with a message or even the presence of the Lord. Passover above all provided a critical time to remember the deliverance of the people from slavery in Egypt and a promise of a new life. For Christians, Good Friday and Easter remind us of deliverance from the power of death and the promise of new life. Every Sunday, in fact, can remind us of the promises from the resurrection. As people of the United States of America, we too have our memorials, especially today when we remember members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might have life and a better future. We can remember them before the Lord with this Bible verse in our minds: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13)

Let us pray: God of action and promise. We give you thanks for your involvement in our lives, interventions when we experience your gifts of freedom and new life. We also offer thanks for those people in our lives or those who acted for our community who also defended our freedoms and even sacrificed to the point of death for this nation. Blessed be their memory; blessed be their families. As we receive the fruits of their sacrifice, may we continue their tradition by serving, giving, and loving in our times. Amen.

From the Pastor: For ancient God followers, memorial days, altars, and places marked previous encounters with the holy, with a message or even the presence of the Lord. Passover above all provided a critical time to remember the deliverance of the people from slavery in Egypt and a promise of a new life. For Christians, Good Friday and Easter remind us of deliverance from the power of death and the promise of new life. Every Sunday, in fact, can remind us of the promises from the resurrection. As people of the United States of America, we too have our memorials, especially today when we remember members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we might have life and a better future. We can remember them before the Lord with this Bible verse in our minds: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” (John 15:13)

Let us pray: God of action and promise. We give you thanks for your involvement in our lives, interventions when we experience your gifts of freedom and new life. We also offer thanks for those people in our lives or those who acted for our community who also defended our freedoms and even sacrificed to the point of death for this nation. Blessed be their memory; blessed be their families. As we receive the fruits of their sacrifice, may we continue their tradition by serving, giving, and loving in our times. Amen.

Whole Worship Service May 30, 2021 05/30/2021

Whole Worship Service May 30, 2021

Join us for worship this Holy Trinity Sunday with hymns, prayers, Scripture and a message. NEXT SUNDAY, we will worship in person in the church sanctuary, but with masks for singing, social distancing, and only conversation (not food) for fellowship. We'll be offering either in-person or online services throughout the summer. Stay tuned-- and join us!
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05/30/2021

For the Pastor: Patience comes uneasily to most Americans. We prefer most things NOW, if not sooner. Yet, some moments in life need patience, perhaps even require patience-– news back from a job interview or an entrance exam, the birth of a child or grandchild, test results from a doctor or professional certification. The necessity at times conflicts with our preferences. Sometimes patience helps with simple things like falling asleep, hearing back from an email or phone message, waiting in line for a meal pickup or table. In simple moments as well as those providing life changes, a pause before God for a chat or simply an offering of personal preference can help pass the time and can vent some of our impatience, fear, anxiety, or stress. Next time which needs patience, or right now, cry out to God with words or thoughts, because the Lord inclines to hear us and help in every need

Let us pray: We come to bend your ear, O Lord. We ask that you listen to our specific words as well as unspoken, yet heartfelt needs. Move us to call to you and then listen for you. Whether patient or impatient, we come to you and seek to tap into your inclination. Amen.

For the Pastor: Patience comes uneasily to most Americans. We prefer most things NOW, if not sooner. Yet, some moments in life need patience, perhaps even require patience-– news back from a job interview or an entrance exam, the birth of a child or grandchild, test results from a doctor or professional certification. The necessity at times conflicts with our preferences. Sometimes patience helps with simple things like falling asleep, hearing back from an email or phone message, waiting in line for a meal pickup or table. In simple moments as well as those providing life changes, a pause before God for a chat or simply an offering of personal preference can help pass the time and can vent some of our impatience, fear, anxiety, or stress. Next time which needs patience, or right now, cry out to God with words or thoughts, because the Lord inclines to hear us and help in every need

Let us pray: We come to bend your ear, O Lord. We ask that you listen to our specific words as well as unspoken, yet heartfelt needs. Move us to call to you and then listen for you. Whether patient or impatient, we come to you and seek to tap into your inclination. Amen.

05/28/2021

From the Pastor: Friday! For many today represents the end of a work week. For these and others today can also serve as the beginning of a Memorial Day holiday. For a few the celebration simply centers on a realization that we woke up to another day of promise.

For every person of faith and for every day, happiness can come with the realization that whatever the day seems to hold we can grasp the promise that God accompanies us through this time. The ancient Old Testament stories as well as the journey of Jesus to the cross and from the tomb reminds us that God does not abandon us to face any time alone, instead God struggles, celebrates, waits, dreams, ponders, and embraces with us come what may for this day and the days ahead!

Let us pray: Good day, Lord. Stay close and walk with us as we remember your past care in the lives of your beloved. Strengthen us by your promised presence as we handle this day and anticipate the life path ahead. Amen.

From the Pastor: Friday! For many today represents the end of a work week. For these and others today can also serve as the beginning of a Memorial Day holiday. For a few the celebration simply centers on a realization that we woke up to another day of promise.

For every person of faith and for every day, happiness can come with the realization that whatever the day seems to hold we can grasp the promise that God accompanies us through this time. The ancient Old Testament stories as well as the journey of Jesus to the cross and from the tomb reminds us that God does not abandon us to face any time alone, instead God struggles, celebrates, waits, dreams, ponders, and embraces with us come what may for this day and the days ahead!

Let us pray: Good day, Lord. Stay close and walk with us as we remember your past care in the lives of your beloved. Strengthen us by your promised presence as we handle this day and anticipate the life path ahead. Amen.

05/27/2021

From the Pastor: Confidence is a wonderful thing. Self-confidence, which develops over time, sends us forth into daily life as well as encouraging us during those moments when we commit to something which on the surface may seem a bit risky. God-confidence, which comes with faith, journeys with us in these life steps, the daily life and the times when facing risk. God-confidence also comes to accompany us into the threatening and the unknown. No mere good luck charm, confidence in the help of God and the support of God can support us through life’s most challenging times. We can turn to the promises of the Lord in the Psalms and other Scriptures as well as in prayer and even in the times of a few simple words mumbled in the moment.

Let us pray: “Help me, Jesus.” As we face each day, may we begin and continue with the confidence of being your blessed creation. In moments of uncertainty, give us a sense of your presence and promise. Help us move through life with the certainty of your love and support. Amen.

From the Pastor: Confidence is a wonderful thing. Self-confidence, which develops over time, sends us forth into daily life as well as encouraging us during those moments when we commit to something which on the surface may seem a bit risky. God-confidence, which comes with faith, journeys with us in these life steps, the daily life and the times when facing risk. God-confidence also comes to accompany us into the threatening and the unknown. No mere good luck charm, confidence in the help of God and the support of God can support us through life’s most challenging times. We can turn to the promises of the Lord in the Psalms and other Scriptures as well as in prayer and even in the times of a few simple words mumbled in the moment.

Let us pray: “Help me, Jesus.” As we face each day, may we begin and continue with the confidence of being your blessed creation. In moments of uncertainty, give us a sense of your presence and promise. Help us move through life with the certainty of your love and support. Amen.

05/26/2021

From the Pastor: This Psalm provided the inspiration for Martin Luther’s best known hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." As he stood up to powerful forces and embedded traditions, this Psalm reminded him that God offers us the strength we need and the protection that will shield us when other voices cast doubt, when health threatens, or when political winds work against the good for the most people, especially the personally powerless. As things seem to improve in our nation, we can guard against societal changes that harm too many. We can remember that God continues to anchor us, not just the economy or our ability to go back to how things worked pre-pandemic. We can anticipate that some troubles will exist and that God continues to stand ready, offering us protection as well as the power to challenge the wrongs we can recognize.

Let us pray: Shielding God, continue to heal, help, and harbor those suffering and in need. Strong God, infuse your people, the church, with a sense of the power and resilience we share, as we work to spread your message, your love, and your vision in response to the troubles around us. Amen.

From the Pastor: This Psalm provided the inspiration for Martin Luther’s best known hymn, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." As he stood up to powerful forces and embedded traditions, this Psalm reminded him that God offers us the strength we need and the protection that will shield us when other voices cast doubt, when health threatens, or when political winds work against the good for the most people, especially the personally powerless. As things seem to improve in our nation, we can guard against societal changes that harm too many. We can remember that God continues to anchor us, not just the economy or our ability to go back to how things worked pre-pandemic. We can anticipate that some troubles will exist and that God continues to stand ready, offering us protection as well as the power to challenge the wrongs we can recognize.

Let us pray: Shielding God, continue to heal, help, and harbor those suffering and in need. Strong God, infuse your people, the church, with a sense of the power and resilience we share, as we work to spread your message, your love, and your vision in response to the troubles around us. Amen.

05/25/2021

From the Pastor: Across the country, prayers have risen for God’s help for over a year in response to the COVID crisis. Healing has come to many and fears subside for many as well. Yet, our prayers continue. The numbers of infected have declined greatly, but have not ended. God has moved in equipping the caring persons who have developed ways to address the threats by advances in treatment as well as development of vaccines. Vaccinations approach the 70-80 percent, so hopes rise as well. Yet, our prayers and precautions continue.

In the life of each of us, God hears our fears and stands ready to listen to prayers for our personal interests as well as concerns for our congregational and national experiences.

Let us pray: Help, O Lord. Help in the areas we present to you now…. Help in the places which may have an impact on our life…. Help those who cannot or do not pray but need your help…. Thank you for the healing experienced…. Thank you that you continue to journey with each of us through this life. Amen.

From the Pastor: Across the country, prayers have risen for God’s help for over a year in response to the COVID crisis. Healing has come to many and fears subside for many as well. Yet, our prayers continue. The numbers of infected have declined greatly, but have not ended. God has moved in equipping the caring persons who have developed ways to address the threats by advances in treatment as well as development of vaccines. Vaccinations approach the 70-80 percent, so hopes rise as well. Yet, our prayers and precautions continue.

In the life of each of us, God hears our fears and stands ready to listen to prayers for our personal interests as well as concerns for our congregational and national experiences.

Let us pray: Help, O Lord. Help in the areas we present to you now…. Help in the places which may have an impact on our life…. Help those who cannot or do not pray but need your help…. Thank you for the healing experienced…. Thank you that you continue to journey with each of us through this life. Amen.

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