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Dear Members of Hope Lutheran,

I pray this letter finds you in solid spiritual, mental and especially good physical health. I wanted to reach out to each of you with a word of encouragement during this time of such high alert regarding our physical health as well as the health of the world. 

The Coronavirus and its impact upon our lives has captured the attention of the whole world. It is a dangerous contagion which all must respect and fight against its spread. We must be diligent and guard against spreading the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, many large public gatherings have been suspended, canceled, or postponed.

The most important time of the week is our worship hour and therefore, we will hold our worship service as usual. This is a time that we especially need to be worshiping and praying together. However, we will exercise extreme caution as we gather. At worship we will be careful and we with be cautious. We will be careful about what we touch; and we will be cautious about the spatial distance between ourselves and others. Holy Communion will be available and I will thoroughly wash my hands before serving. The individual cups will be used; and the chalice will be available for those who choose the Common cup. The host will be placed in the worshiper’s hand.  Everyone must decide what’s best for them and for other members and participate accordingly.

I want to assure you that God, the Good shepherd, is attentive and has his arms around his sheep. Isaiah assures us of God’s protection, “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned.  For I am the Lord your God…” Isaiah 43:1-3

For this reason we must not be anxious about anything for the Lord is at hand (Phil 4:6). We can be confident that because our security is in God everything will work out for the good of all of us who love and obey him. 

I will continue to monitor the situation and make changes and adjustments as necessary. 

With the continued blessings of God, I am looking forward to studying and worshiping with you Sunday.

Peace be with you.

In Christ,

Pastor Porter










Hope Lutheran Church is a “confessional” congregation located on the east side of Birmingham, Alabama.

Our Sunday morning schedule is as follows:

  • Sundays 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School for all ages and Adult Bible Study
  • 10:00 a.m. – Divine Worship with Holy Communion

Guests are always welcome to join us for our classes or for the service.  We would love to meet you in person.  Why not come by this Sunday to meet our pastor and the rest of our family?  God’s Blessings!


Liturgical Confessional Missional Sacramental 

Our Mission:  Connecting People to Jesus (CP2J)
Our mission is both inspiriting and instructive.  We are committed to doing all things to promote our mission to the glory of God.
We use the Lutheran Service Book Divine Services in traditional format.
We offer the Lord’s Supper as often as we gather for Divine Worship according to Scripture and LCMS teaching.
Join us for our Divine Worship Service in a warm and inviting setting with the ambiance of intimacy both in size and relationships among the membership