January 10, 2021 – Baptism of Our Lord
WORSHIP & Bible Study
Worship is at 10AM, Lord’s Supper for those present.
This week’s service Bulletin/Worship Link Here
Zoom Info: Meeting ID: 645 848 5288 Passcode: miracles
Bible Study after service or 11:15ish. I’ll keep the zoom line on.
Devotion & Prayer Thought
Some of what is said below under the “catechism moment” is duplicated here, but I want to expand. This week we completed part 1 of the catechism. If you had a traditional confirmation instruction, that is probably where you stopped. There are two further sections of Luther’s catechism: the daily prayers and the table of duties. We will be covering those, but the end of our first cycle of the catechism is in sight. If the numbers are right the email now goes out to roughly 80 people. Of those 80, any given week 35 of you open the email. And that has been pretty consistent. Some weeks more, never less than 30. I honestly don’t have an interpretation for those numbers. What I do have is a sense that an opportunity should be offered, that the point of study and reflection on the catechism is a commitment to living the faith and making this faith mine.
We will be starting afresh with the 10 commandments soon. The catechism is inexhaustible in that way. It is a springboard for prayer. But I would like to offer the chance in worship for anyone who has been studying a chance to reaffirm that “yes, this is my faith”. In one way we do this every week in the creed. The smallest part of the faith holds all of it with in. But it has always bothered me that we “confirm” folks roughly in the 8th grade and then that is it. The life of faith doesn’t end in the 8th grade. That should be a start. And we should occasionally stop and ourselves formally say that “yes, I still confirm this faith and confession.” So, if you have been following along with our study and would like such a chance, please let me know. I’m thinking of two things. Ritually, those who would desire we’d walk through the confirmation rite again, p272 in the hymnal. It is a chance to publicly confess the faith and one’s intention to live it. Also, I don’t do this with 8th graders because I don’t think they have lived enough for it to be meaningful, but with adults I am of a different mind. If there is anyone who would like to share a personal testimony of why this is their faith, please contact me.
I would like to incorporate this as a rhythm to our corporate life together. We started this cycle Dec 4th, 2019, so it takes about a year to walk through the catechism one segment a week. After each cycle, we will offer this opportunity. In Matthew 10, right after telling the crowds “the divine duh” – to have no fear because you are worth more than many sparrows – Jesus says, “So everyone who confesses me before men, I also will confess before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” I think that such a roughly yearly opportunity could be a valuable source of renewal and mutual strengthening. So again, please let me know.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF: Jan 11th – Jan 17th
Mon. – Fri. ……….….… 9:00amPreschool
Wednesday: …………… 9:00amConfirmation
7:30pm Church Council Meeting
Thursday: ……………… 10:00amBible Study
Sunday: …………………. 10:00am Worship
11:00am Bible Study
- Thurs 10am: Ezekiel Chapter 18
- Confirmation: Continue with “The Office of the Keys”
- Life Application Fellowship (LAF): Resuming January 13th (studying patience). See you on the Zoom line.
- Sunday Morning: Study will be at 11:15ish, after worship, in the sanctuary and on the zoom line.
- Catechism Moment: We finished the “first part” of the catechism this week. If you had a traditional confirmation, that is probably where you stopped. But Luther’s catechism has two other sections. They are both in the little booklet we’ve been using (you can still grab them, or contact us and we will send you one). Daily Prayers & Table of Duties will be looked at next. Then we will cycle back around. The catechism is something that is inexhaustible. But when we are finished, I have a question for everyone. If you have been reading along and you would like to renew your confirmation, please let me know. I’ve been thinking that every time we go through it completely, I would add something to our worship service to mark the occasion. Let me know.
RHAFT: Collections for RHAFT are ongoing. If you would like to contribute to the Rush-Henrietta Food Pantry, a box is located under the round table in the Narthex for non-perishable items. These could include cereals, canned goods (protein items are always in need), flour, and sugar, cooking oil, hygiene products (i.e. soaps, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste & toothbrushes, feminine products) pet and cleaning products. RHAFT can only accept food items that have not passed the expiration date.
CHRISTMAS ELVES: Thank you to Jerry Gardner, Mindy, Nancy and Dave Goetz for filling in for Santa’s Elves. They made quick work of packing up the decorations and storing them in the steeple room.
WOMEN’S GROUP: Will be meeting on ZOOM on Monday, January 18th at 6:30pm. Please contact Mindy if you are planning to join us and she will e-mail the Zoom invitation to you.
2021 Offering Envelopes have now been tucked in your Narthex mailbox. If you would like them, but are not venturing out, contact the office (585-334-4795).