Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit

Guiding the Community to Christ, with Support & Love




The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit is a welcoming Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation located behind the Spectrum 8 movie theatre in the Delaware Avenue neighborhood of Albany, NY.  We invite you to come visit and feel Christ's abundant love which is ever-present with us as we worship and serve together as God's people.


Worship with Us



Worship services with full communion are now being held on Sundays at 10 AM inside and also remotely on Zoom.

Zoom links and passwords for

worship services

All Worship begins at 10 AM


If using a computer:       (enable audio & video)

Just click -- or copy & paste this link onto your web browser’s URL area

Meeting ID: 892 9363 0203

Password: 792616


If using a smart phone:  One tap mobile

+19294362866,,89293630203#,,1#,792616#  US (New York)


If using a regular phone, dial:     (audio only)

1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 892 9363 0203#

            Participant ID:   #

Password: 792616#

   To speak and be heard, just press *6 when prompted.

   To mute yourself, press *6 again (can toggle back and forth).

Password: 792616#



Tuesday evening prayer service on Zoom.


If using your computer or tablet, just click here:

Here’s the information if you’re using a smart phone:

Meeting ID: 828 6756 5754
Passcode: 031983
One tap mobile
+19294362866,,82867565754#,,,,,,0#,,031983# US (New York)
+13017158592,,82867565754#,,,,,,0#,,031983# US (Germantown)

On a conventional phone, you can dial by your location for audio-only:

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 828 6756 5754
Passcode: 031983
Find your local number:


ELCA Official Statement



"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?" —Psalm 22:1

Dear church,

As Lutherans, we are accustomed to holding tension between two truths. Thus the ELCA denounces the egregious acts of Hamas, acts that have led to unspeakable loss of life and hope. At the same time the ELCA denounces the indiscriminate retaliation of Israel against the Palestinian people, both Christian and Muslim.

For the past week we have borne witness to the horrors of the escalating crisis between Israel and Hamas. We also watch a growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza as Israel blocks food, water, fuel and medical supplies and as airstrikes continue to cause unbearable civilian casualties ahead of a just-announced ground assault. We see Israelis and families around the world in the agonizing wait for word about the fate of loved ones killed or taken hostage by Hamas. We are in anguish, grieving and praying for all people who are living in trauma, fear and uncertainty.

Among us are Palestinian Lutherans who are fearful for their families, their communities and their homeland. In our communities we have Jewish and Muslim neighbors, who are also facing the horrors of this crisis and its impact on their loved ones.

It is difficult to find words that suffice in the complexity of this moment, and in the web of relationships that bind us together, as church, with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and our interreligious partners. Yet God has called us to be a people who stand with others amid suffering.

We must also call a thing a thing. The power exerted against all Palestinian people — through the occupation, the expansion of settlements and the escalating violence — must be called out as a root cause of what we are witnessing. We are committed to our long-standing accompaniment of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.

The God who liberates us calls us to be a liberating witness. May it be so.

In Christ,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Things you can do:
    • Find updated resources and statements from the ELCA here.
    • Join our partner Churches for Middle East Peace for prayer every Wednesday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Eastern time. Register here.
    • Call your lawmakers today through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and urge them to take action to deescalate the conflict and uphold unrestricted humanitarian aid to Gaza. Find your member of Congress at govtrak.
    • Support Lutheran Disaster Response here.

Living in Faith


All are welcome to worship, visit, or contact us.  Have a prayer petition for us?  You're welcome to email it here.