You can find Pastor Jane's Sermon from the 5th Sunday of Lent below!
Attached below is the Bulletin and the Music for Incarnation's Online Worship. Join us on March 29th at 10 am via Facebook live for worship.
Our Gospel Reading is available below and was recorded by the Sowell Family. A hard copy is also available.
Join us tonight at 6:00 pm via Facebook Live as Pastor Jane leads us in our Wednesday Evening Worship. Reflection remarks this week will speak to the fifth petition: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Also, follow the links below to Youtube to hear our hymns for this evening's meditation.
"Take, Oh Take Me as I am"
"With Broken Heart and Contrite Sigh"
Attached below you will find a Family Worship Bulletin and our Narrative Gospel Reading. We ask that you join us for worship at 10am on Sunday (tomorrow) via Facebook Live on our page where Pastor Jane will lead us in worship!
Good day, Incarnation family!
As the days go by and uncertainty prevails, please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of the staff. We are working to find ways to keep us connected during this time of social distancing and social isolation. You will be receiving a family worship bulletin and sermon tomorrow and you are invited as a family, and at 10am Sunday morning, if possible to share this worship together. We will provide this every Sunday until we can meet in person together in our new sanctuary!!!!
Other plans are also in the works. We still are trying to get me on Facebook live so that I can greet you each day with comments and prayer and so that I can preach Sunday’s sermon rather than you reading it. We are working on a phone list so that everyone in the congregation receives a phone call weekly - and please - if you need to speak with me - call! 803-530-2045. Savannah is in contact with our youth. I am sharing on my Facebook page “devotions for kids” coming from the NC Synod. Savannah and I can work on this to see if we can post it on Incarnation’s Facebook page.
Here’s our prayer for this day: (from the ELW, p. 76)
O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Good morning, Incarnation Family! I am still on a steep learning curve on how to "go live” on Facebook. Sarah Sawicki and Savannah are helping me and I hope I can accomplish that task before the day is over. Bear with me - it’s an age thing, you know!
One of my favorite devotional prayer books is titled “All Will Be Well: A Gathering of Healing Prayers.” I share one of those prayers with you today.
Almighty God and Father of us all,
Have mercy upon this troubled world of ours.
We are a pilgrim people, made of clay,
Captives of our own greed and frailty.
And yet, we are the work of your hands.
You have made us in your own image
And we bear within us
Your Spirit of life,
The seeds of immortality.
Give us, we pray
A stronger faith
So that we may walk joyously into the unknown,
An unshakable hope
So that we may comfort the despairing,
And a love
As vast as all the oceans
So that we may hold all humankind
In our hearts.
All powerful God,
Look in your love upon us, your pilgrim people,
As we struggle towards you.
Be our food for the journey,
Our wine for rejoicing,
Our light in the darkness,
And our welcome at journeys end.
- Sheila Cassidy, England
Dear Incarnation Family,
As we separately together find ways to continue to be the people of God we are called to be, we want to make sure we are meeting your needs as best we can. As I learn how to better use social media, you will receive a daily message and prayer from me. You will receive a family worship designed bulletin including sermon and sermon reflection questions for the Sundays we cannot worship together, and for the remaining Wednesdays in Lent, you will receive the order for worship we have been using along with Luther’s teachings on specific petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. I have spoken by phone with four of our home bound members (Gloria Truluck, Sarah Sutton, Sarah Caroll and Carolyn Rast.) if others would like a personal phone call on a weekly basis, please let me know. Savannah is connecting with our youth in a number of ways. If you have other suggestions that more specifically meet your needs, again please let us know. In the meantime, stay safe, wash your hands, and breathe!
God’s Peace, Pastor Jane
Dear Incarnation Family,
The psalmist writes, “I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1,2). As our nation, indeed as the whole world struggles with our response to the Corona virus pandemic, we know that as disciples of our Lord Jesus, we turn to him who has promised to always be with us.
Last evening the Congregation Council met by conference call to conduct its regular business but also to address our response to the health emergencies this pandemic is creating. We read this paragraph from Bishop Yoos’ letter to the SC Synod: “According to our Lutheran polity the Office of Bishop is not empowered to make decisions for you as individual congregations regarding cancellation of worship, but in light of the recommendations of the CDC and with the desire to care for all members of our communities, it is our strong recommendation that you cancel all in person worship services and church activities through at least March 31.”
Therefore, the council approved a motion stating that all worship services and all church activities are suspended at least until March 31. On March 29 they will meet, again by conference call, to determine what our next steps should be. However, affirming that worship is always essential, and especially so in these trying times, the following plans were adopted:
1. Pastor Jane will prepare a family worship bulletin for each Sunday that we cannot meet together. The service will include the assigned scripture texts for the Sunday, the sermon with reflection questions, prayers, and an opportunity for you to offer your financial gifts for the ongoing ministries of Incarnation. So that we may worship “separately together,” families are invited to schedule their worship time at our usual worship time, 10am Sunday morning.
2. In order that we might complete the Lenten Wednesday Responsive Prayer service with our focus on The Lord’s Prayer, Pastor Jane will prepare a brief reading for the remaining petitions based on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism to be posted on March 18, 25, and April 1.
3. The office will remain open and any questions, concerns or pastoral needs may be called in or you may contact Pastor Jane at 803-530-2045.
4. Construction will continue as long as it is safe to do so.
We thank you for your patience and prayers in these days. We WILL get through this, and we when we are able to be together again, we’ll celebrate the glory of Easter in our new sanctuary.