Welcome to St. Philip Lutheran!

We gather for worship each Sunday morning at 8:30a.m. and 11:00a.m. (9:30a.m. from June 16 through August 4) at 8115 Williamson Road in Roanoke, VA. But we are more than a building. We are a congregation that has been in existence for more than 50 years. We are a growing congregation who come from a wide variety of backgrounds seeking to be disciples of Christ. Check out the rest of our website to discover some of the ways that we try to live out our calling as disciples.

 

Our Mission Statement

Open tomb!  We are people tied to the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.  ~Mark 16: 5-6

 

Open hearts!  We are people transformed by this good news, marked with the cross of Christ forever!

We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you.  There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours.  In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also. 

 ~2 Corinthians 6: 11-13

 

Open doors!  We are people called to proclaim good news with words of invitation and welcome!

I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  ~Revelation 3: 8

St. Philip Lutheran Church

8115 Williamson Road

Roanoke, VA 24019

540-366-7046


Our worship schedule is:


Summer Worship Schedule

9:30 A.M. - *Blended Style Worship with Holy Communion  (Begins June 14 - August 16)

This is an informal (casual dress) worship service using a more contemporary setting from our Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal.


Blended Style Worship with Holy Communion 8:30 A.M.*

This is an informal (casual dress) worship service using a more contemporary setting from our Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal.  Musically this service utilizes a musical ensemble including piano, guitar, sax, and drums.  It is liturgical in form, but more informal in setting.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 


Adult Faith Formation (Sunday School) 10:00 A.M.*


Children's Faith Formation during each service


Traditional Worship Service 11:00 A.M.*
This is a liturgical setting reflecting the rich heritage of Lutheran worship, choir, children's message, and Holy Communion.

*Childcare provided during worship and Faith Formation.

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ELCA presiding bishop offers letter on Supreme Court marriage ruling

CHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), offered a pastoral letter June 30 to the 3.8 million members of the denomination in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples may now exercise the right to marry. The full text of the statement follows:

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

Grace and peace to you in the name of the crucified and risen Christ.

 

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision announcing the right of same-gender couples to have equal access to marriage. For many members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this decision is a welcome sign of hope and a time for celebration. Other members of this church do not agree with the court's decision and remain deeply concerned because of their understanding of Scripture.

 

This decision affects each of us, some profoundly, and we are not of one mind. Let us continue to accompany one another with prayer, love and mutual respect as we reflect on this new reality and remember Paul's words in 1 Corinthians about the enduring power of God's love.

 

The ELCA social statement "Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust" (2009) neither endorses nor forbids same-gender marriages and recognizes that we have differing understandings and convictions on this matter. In its decision, the court stated that "the First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths."

 

According to this church's social statement on human sexuality, all decisions about recognizing, supporting and holding publicly accountable same-gender relationships are entrusted to congregations.  Recognizing that the church is not of one mind on this subject, our 2009 actions provide that congregations and clergy should discern together whether to recognize such relationships and to what degree.

 

Pastors are to engage in conversation, discernment and partnership with the congregations who have called them prior to solemnizing or presiding over a same-gender marriage. On the other hand, no pastor is obligated to solemnize the marriage of any couple, same-gender or different-gender, whom the pastor cannot in good conscience marry.

 

As Lutheran Christians, we continue to be a church that engages in conversation and discernment in all aspects of our faith and life. Creating space for respectful conversation and dialogue continues to be an important part of our life together. A helpful resource for engaging in difficult conversations is "Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues."

 

In addition, the ELCA Ministry to and with Same-Gender Couples and their Families Working Group remains in the process of completing its work. A report of the group's findings and possible recommendations will be presented to the ELCA Church Council at its November meeting.

 

We seek to see our differences as a gift to be celebrated as we live out that which unites us: the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ who leads us into mission and ministry in the world. In the midst of this change, we are first and foremost church – a church that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ. May God bless, guide and strengthen you each day as you go in peace and serve the Lord.

Bishop Mauney calls for Prayer for Charleston Congregation

This morning I read the letter from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and it flat took my breath away. The 21-year-old shooter was an ELCA member. Two of the nine shot and killed by him were graduates of our Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.


In the prejudice for color of skin one of our own killed nine of our own. In evil lies about “all of them”, a 21-year-old Lutheran shot and killed two graduates of our very own seminary.

We sing, “Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”


We are joined to Emmanuel AME congregation as we have been all along in the eyes of our Lord. Up to now we didn’t even know it.


I ask every one of us to pray for these nine sisters and brothers of ours. I ask that we pray for their families as one of us who have violently lost those most precious to them….. by one of us.


I ask for a long moment of silence in our prayers of the church this Sunday for us to contemplate that this young man is from our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Then let us pray for him and his family.


I recall Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words that we teach our children and ourselves to recognize another by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.


Sisters and brothers, we have work to do within our church.


The All-Inclusive Outreach Team of the VA Synod has provided a resource that includes suggestions of how to talk about the events in Charleston during our worship services.


With so much sadness I will lift all of you up in my prayers.

Jim Mauney
(The Rev. James F. Mauney, Bishop VA Synod)