Dear Saints in Christ,
Grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
I am writing to you first as a form of encouragement. As Christians, we confess that Jesus is fully in control. Before ascending, He spoke to His apostles, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt. 28:18 ESV.) And the Apostle Paul, under inspiration from the Holy Spirit, instructs us: “[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Col. 1:15-17 ESV.) It is crucial at this time that those things do not slip from our hearts and our faith. Jesus is still in control. We do not know how long He will allow this pandemic to rage, but we know that He will use even this for the good of the Gospel and for the good of the Church’s confession of Him.
The glorified Lord spoke through the Apostle John to the church in Philadelphia: ” Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown” (Rev. 3:10-11 ESV.) We, too, need to have patience in the midst of this struggle. That endurance is only given by the Holy Spirit; therefore, let Him feed your faith through Bible reading, devotions, and worship online. Holding fast to Jesus means that we will not endure that which those who reject Him will. And by that same Spirit, we cling tenaciously to the crown that is already ours.
Because of that, I would encourage you to take to heart the following.
- First, come to online worship services. We come to you live at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday on Facebook, or, you can watch the video at any time.
- To join in the worship, download and print the order of service (attached to this email or on the Facebook page.)
- Ask for a pastoral visit, for a listening ear and a prayerful visit. And I would be happy to visit and administer the Sacrament to you.
- Be diligent in prayer. Perhaps, confess the Apostles Creed every day and pray the Lord’s Prayer several times a day.
On November 2, Suzanne and I will be traveling to the USA to see our two new grandchildren. We will be gone for four weeks, but Martin and I are finalizing how we are going to offer worship. The changing restrictions are making this a bit challenging. But even if I must come to you myself online from the USA, which would be an afternoon service here, we will provide worship in one way or another. So, if you desire to have the Sacrament before I leave for four weeks, please, make sure to schedule a visit as soon as possible.
Lastly, due to our inability to come together physically, we will be distributing Advent devotions as an electronic file. They will be emailed to you after 1 November. I encourage us all to use them in order to prepare for Christmas, because no matter what the authorities say, they cannot stop our celebration of it!
God be with you and keep you in His grace,
Rev. Dale Wm. Kaster
Pastor and Missionary to the Czech Republic
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St. Michael’s Lutheran Church
V Jirchárich 14/152
Praha 1 110 00
Praha 6 160 00
We are an English-speaking Lutheran congregation that meets weekly at the historic Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Prague. We welcome you to visit to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are a small but loving community of ex-patriots, immigrants, and guests from around the world who gather around the Word and Sacraments. We hope that you will make us your church home during your stay in Prague.
We believe that the entire Bible is the inerrant, inspired, and holy Word of God and the source and norm of Christian doctrine; we confess the faith and truth using the three ecumenical creeds: Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasius; and we believe that the confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as found in the Book of Concord of 1580 are the correct exposition of the Word of God.
Interested in membership? Speak with Pastor Kaster for more information.
May God richly bless us in all things!