Virtual Bulletin – 4/10

April 10th, 2022 – Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  April 11th – April 17th

Monday………………..            6:00 PM           Men’s Group

Tuesday………………..           7:00PM             Elders Meeting (Reschedule)

Wednesday…………….           5:00PM             Confirmation

Thursday……………….          Maundy Thursday

                                                 10:00 AM        Bible Study (Canceled)

                                                 7:00 PM           Maundy Thursday Service

Friday…………………..          Good Friday

                                                 7:00 PM           Good Friday Service

Saturday……………….           10:00 AM        Women’s Group

Sunday: ………………….          Easter

                                                 8:30AM           Easter Breakfast

                                                 10:00AM         Worship

                                                 11:15AM         Bible Study     

COMMEMORATIONS

This week is Holy Week, the heart of the Christian Calendar. Holy Week starts today with Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem with crowds waving Palms which culminates in the Cleansing of the Temple.  Monday through Wednesday are given to Jesus’ habitation and teaching in that cleansed Temple where he takes on all questioners and ends with his prediction of the Temple and Jerusalem’s destruction.  The glory of God leaves the temple with Jesus Wednesday evening. Going on in the background is preparation for the Jewish Passover. Thursday is Jesus’ Passover meal with his disciples from which the church receives its standing observation, the Lord’s Supper. Thursday evening into Friday morning are the arrest, trials and Passion of Jesus ending at Golgotha.  Saturday is something of the forgotten day.  It is captured in the Apostle’s creed as “He descended into Hell.” Tradition calls it the Harrowing of Hell. This requires a more Jewish or ancient understanding of Hell. We take that word merely as the place of punishment which after Holy Week Saturday it is.  But at the time, it was also “Sheol” or the abode of the dead.  Christ in triumph “bursts the gates of brass” and leads out the saints of old to paradise.  All of which leads up to the triumph over death itself on Sunday morning.

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

In my sermon prep for the past few weeks there has been on observation by my favorite commentator that I just haven’t been able to fit in.  It is one of those observations that is true and witty but it just didn’t go anywhere.  Jesus probably spoke Aramaic in his daily life.  Aramaic was the universal language of the Near East which was in the process of being supplanted by Greek.  Aramaic is a close cousin of Hebrew and there is pun that the Jews liked.  “Ben” in Hebrew was Son – Ben Hur is Son of Hur. “eBen”, where the “e” is a very quick breath “eh” so it sounds the same, in Aramaic meant stone.  So, when Jesus asks the Chief Priest’s last week about “the stone the builders rejected,” he also asking them about the son the builders rejected.  And remember that Jesus’ favorite term for himself is “The Son of Man”.  Building your life on the rock is also building your life on the son.

So when the Pharisees get mad at Jesus at the Triumphal Entry and tell him to rebuke his disciples, Jesus answers, “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” It hits again.  If “The Sons,” the sons of Abraham, the gathered Jews, are not willing to give praise, then the stones, or the sons will cry out.  God always has his sons, even if he has to make them out of stones.  There is a reason Cephas became Peter, the Rock.

Between Rocks and Sons the Bible maintains a two way metamorphosis. Originally it is our hearts that are hearts of stone and not hearts of flesh.  Originally Christ is the Eternal Son.  The Eternal Son becomes the stone.  Whether that stone is as Paul said a couple of weeks ago the one that followed Israel which Moses struck and water pours fourth, or that stone is the foundation stone, the Son of God has been placed in our midst as our Rock in whom we trust. And we are able to trust in this rock because he has turned our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. He has removed the rock on the grave that stood between temporal us and eternal God. Standing on the Rock we have become sons of God and heirs of eternal life.

Praise is always the proper end of any theology. All theology ultimately breaks down into simple wonder. How does God make sons out of stones? It happens all the time. When the stones cry out.  The Hosannas to the King will be sung, may they also come from our lips.

EASTER BREAKFAST (8:30 AM, Easter Morning)

The Easter Breakfast is coming back this year.  Bring a dish to pass. The Church will provide Coffee, Juice and Bagels.

EASTER LILLIES

Easter Lilies will be ordered from Chase’s Greenhouse. The cost is $9 each. Money can be placed in the Blankenbush mailbox. There is a sign up sheet on the board in the hallway.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story” – Come to service in the evening
  • Confirmation: Lord’s Prayer – Third Petition
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  April 18th, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In your inbox, look for the email. (Lord’s Prayer – 4th Petition)

RUMMAGE SALE – April 23.

The preschool will start collecting stuff for the rummage sale Friday, April 15th. You can drop anything, except TV’s or Computers, any time that week.

Virtual Bulletin – 4/3

April 3rd, 2022 – 5th Sunday in Lent

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  April 4th – April 10th

Monday………………..            6:00 PM           LAF

Tuesday………………..           7:00PM             Elders Meeting

Wednesday…………….           Lucas Cranach and Albrecht Durer, Artists

                                                 2:30     Confirmation

Thursday……………….          10:00 AM        Bible Study

Sunday: ………………….          Palm Sunday/Beginning of Holy Week

                                                 10:00AM         Worship

                                                 11:15AM         Bible Study     

COMMEMORATIONS

The saints the calendar points at this week were artists. Both Cranach and Durer were artists working during the reformation.  If you google their names, up will come several images that you are familiar with. Cranach was a portraitist mostly. Durer was a painter but is probably more famous for his woodcuts which adorned many of Luther’s Works in his lifetime and have continued to show up in books like the Lutheran Confessions ever since. But the point of the saints as those confessions hold is that “we might follow the example of their faith and good works according to our calling (Augsburg Confession 21).” Every vocation or calling is an opportunity to serve both God and our neighbor.  Those vocations are usually the means whereby God gives us and our neighbors our daily bread. The vocation of artist is an odd one. If you are famous, there probably isn’t one more esteemed. Yet parents hearing “I want to be an artist” from their children probably often council otherwise. Yet is there a way more people have received their daily bread than by an artists work? Or what parts of the artists calling might we follow in ours?

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

Philippians 3:8-11, our Epistle lesson, which is presented as a paragraph in our English, is one sentence in the Greek, which is a language that preferred complex compound sentences, like this one. The bad news is that you can loose track of what the writer is talking about.  The good news is that if you are willing to follow the entire argument is laid out.  In this case the Apostle Paul’s prime argument is “I count everything as loss.” That is a radical statement.  How many of us would count everything as loss? We are Americans and even in the midst of loss we usually attempt to spin it as a win.  But the Apostle is clear, it is all worthless.  Why?

First because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.  Anything that is temporal as everything in this world is, is inferior to the eternal.  Knowing the eternal is of surpassing worth.  So what does it mean to know Christ? To know Christ is to be in Christ.  Being in Christ is Paul’s shorthand for a lot of things but here he defines it specifically. To be in Christ is to have His righteousness.  And how does this righteousness come to us?  It comes not by works of the law, but by faith.  Paul doesn’t say that we might not have a temporal righteousness. We are constantly making temporal righteousness judgments.  We call it status. But worldly status is nothing compared to eternal righteousness that comes only by faith.

But why would I want this righteousness?  If it is given by grace could it not be taken away in spite? We all know that one minute we can be in favor and the next minute we are out of favor. Could not God work this way?  The short answer is no, God does not work this way.  He doesn’t work this way because it is tied to his honor.  He has promised his grace through faith in His Son.  To flake out on that would be eternal shame and division in the Godhead. That should be horrifying itself. But the way the Apostle tells it is that he counts everything as loss that he “might know the power of his resurrection…that by any means possible I may attain to the resurrection of the dead.”  Christ is risen which changes everything.  Someone who shares our flesh has been given the eternal.  And the promise is that this life we have been given temporally in Christ we will be given it eternally.  What we today hold on loan, then we will be given as ours. That in Christ likely includes a “sharing of his sufferings, and becoming like him in his death.” The loss of all things is going to happen.  It might happen earlier from following Christ.  It might happen later.  But everything temporal is going to be lost anyway. Paul’s argument ends up being pure logic.  What has changed is that in Christ we are offered something eternal.  Before Christ, sure, rack up as much temporal stuff as possible. It is better than the alternative. But in Christ we might know the resurrection.

I count all things as loss, because Christ is risen, and I too will rise. May the power of the resurrection so capture our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

EASTER LILLIES

Easter Lilies will be ordered from Chase’s Greenhouse. The cost is $9 each. Money can be placed in the Blankenbush mailbox. There is a sign up sheet on the board in the hallway.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story” – Jacob, Leah and Rachel
  • Confirmation: Lord’s Prayer – Second Petition
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  April 18th, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In your inbox, look for the email. (Lord’s Prayer – 3rd Petition)

RUMMAGE SALE – April 23.

The preschool will start collecting stuff for the rummage sale Friday, April 15th. You can drop anything, except TV’s or Computers, any time that week.

Virtual Bulletin

March 27th, 2022 – 4th Sunday in Lent

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  March 28th – April 3rd

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          Joseph, Patriarch

                                                 Beef on Weck Workday

                                                 10:00 AM        Bible Study

Friday…………………..          Beef on Weck Workday

Saturday……………….           Beef on Weck

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

COMMEMORATIONS

The lone commemoration on the church calendar this coming week is Joseph.  Not Joseph from the nativity story, but Joseph from the Old Testament, the son of Jacob and Rachel. The full Joseph story is found in Genesis 37 – 50 and outside of the gospels is the fullest story about a single character in the scriptures. Joseph’s life serves as one of the most complete types of Jesus.  He own family did not accept him.  They sold him into slavery.  Joseph descended into a hell of sorts spending a long time in prison for something he did not do.  But God raised him out of that pit and placed him at the right hand of Pharoah.  The purpose of God in everything that Joseph suffered was so that his family and many family would be saved from a famine.  The Old Testament saints are given to us for our understanding.

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

“You will say in that day…”. That is how the Old Testament lesson this week (Isaiah 12:1-6) begins.  What day is the prophet talking about?  You’d have to turn the page back a chapter to chapter 11 which is about the reign of the righteous branch.  In the day that the stump of Jesse shoots forth.  In the day that the Spirit of the Lord rests upon Him.  In the day the wolf dwells with the lamb and the little child leads them.  In the day the lion eats straw like the ox.  In the day that He raises a sign for the nations.  In the day when the remnant comes out as they came out from the land of Egypt.  That day.

Prophetic fulfillments can be talked about as nearer and further fulfillment.  They can also be talked about as lessor and greater.  The most famous prophetic pronouncement is probably from Isaiah 7:14, “behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”  If you read that in chapter 7 and imagine the scene, Isaiah is probably pointing at a young woman of the Royal court.  That one, that virgin, will bear a son and that is your sign King.  And that is the nearer or lessor fulfillment.  The further or greater is Mary with Jesus.  This one is the sign that is given to the nations who shall lead the remnant out as he once lead Israel out of Egypt.

In poetic language we get the sense of what that day is in chapter 11, but chapter 12 makes things concrete.  That day is the day the Lord turns from his anger.  That day is the day the Lord comforts me.  That day is the day we give thanks.  I hope that in your life there have been such lessor fulfillments, days the Lord is no longer angry and we know it, days the Lord draws near and comforts.  Days that thanksgiving comes easily from our lips.  There was one day that secured this for the entire world – Good Friday.  There is a day yet to come where it is brought to its fulfillment. And we live in between those days.  We live in days where the reality of that day pokes though the veil that yet covers it.

But even though we live by faith and not yet by pure sight we can be sure of some things of that day.  God is my salvation so we should not be afraid. Christ has triumphed.  The worst the devil and the world can do is send us to be with Jesus.  Today we draw water from the wells of salvation.  Jesus promised to us the living water that bubbles up to eternal life.  Today we receive that living water drawn from the rock pierced for our transgression.  Today we call upon the name of the Lord.  Today we make known his deeds among the peoples. Today we sing praises to the Lord.  We do all these things because today “great in your midst is The Holy One of Israel.” Every Sunday is a lessor fulfillment of that day. Every Sunday we say, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord.”

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story” – Continuing with Isaac
  • Confirmation: Lord’s Prayer – Introduction & First Petition
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  April 4th, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In you inbox, look for the email. (Lord’s Prayer – 2nd Petition)

RUMMAGE SALE – April 23.

The preschool will start collecting stuff for the rummage sale Friday, April 15th. You can drop anything, except TV’s or Computers, any time that week.

WOMEN’S GROUP: Made a donation to the Lutheran World Relief fund for Ukraine Refugees for St. Mark’s.

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

During the season of Lent, which starts Wednesday, we have taken upon ourselves that RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 3/20

March 20th, 2022 – 3rd Sunday in Lent

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  March 21st – March 27th

Monday…………………          6:00PM             LAF Zoom

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          10:00 AM        Bible Study

Friday…………………..          The Annunciation

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

Friday, March 25th, is 9 months until Christmas. Why am I thinking of Christmas and 9 months?  Because that is also the date of the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she will bare a son and call his name Jesus. The 4th Sunday of Advent tends to be a mini-Annunciation because it fits thematically with that season better.  We are prepared to think about the baby Jesus in December, but the church placed the actual festival day in the roughly real spot.  Being true man it took roughly 9 months to gestate the savior. Luke 1:26ff is the biblical basis, but that is confusing.  It starts “in the sixth month” by which Luke means the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist. I’m fascinated by how we reckon time and the theme of the eternal entering the temporal, but the annunciation is full of paradoxes: the angel of the Lord sent to Nazareth, the highly favored one one that would have been the least in the society, a King born to a peasant reclaiming a throne, not to mention a virgin conceiving, and the Son of God becoming the Son of man. Silicon Valley thinks they are chasing the singularity when it has already come.

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

The Epistle Lesson for today (1 Corinthians 10:1-13) has a reference to one of the strangest realities in the Old Testament.  And Paul just states it as if it were obvious.  “They drank from the Spiritual Rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ.”  If you aren’t reading slow what is said is so strange you will just read past it.  The Rock followed them.  Now I suppose if you are being led by a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day some rock following you isn’t all that interesting.

The Rock first appears in Exodus 17.  This is right after the Exodus.  Israel has not been to Sinai yet.  But already the demands of this life are causing strife.  We are hungry.  Why have you led us out hear to die when we had everything we ever wanted in Egypt (Exodus 16:3)?  And God provides the manna, the bread from heaven.  Then they have no water and they quarrel. God commands Moses, “I will stand before you there on the Rock, and you shall strike the Rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” How did God stand before them? Theoretically, that pillar of cloud.  And so Moses took the staff and hit the cloud standing before the rock, and then hit the Rock.  God took the punishment Israel’s quarrelsomeness deserved and the water of life flowed. Deuteronomy 32:4 becomes something of a Mosaic refrain as God becomes Israel’s rock, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

So what happened?  There is a pattern across the books of Moses, especially the book of Numbers.  Israel sins, God pronounces judgement, Moses intercedes for them, and God pardons.  (Take a look at Numbers 11, 14, and 16.) By the time you get to Numbers 20 it has been 40 years in the wilderness.  And for some reason the Rock is no longer giving water and Israel is again grumbling. But the pattern is broken.  God does not pronounce judgment. He simply makes a promise.  Speak to the Rock and it will give its water (Numbers 20:8). But Moses was in no mood to plead for Israel.  He’d had it.  We all do.  That’s when we most need to speak to the Rock.  But he doesn’t.  Moses lifts up his hands and beats the Rock twice. But the Lord’s judgement is not a legalistic point about Moses striking instead of talking.  God says, “because you did not believe in me, to uphold me as holy in the eyes of the people of Israel (Numbers 20:12).” Moses prior had always had faith in the mercy of God to plead for Israel, to speak to the Rock. And the Rock forgave their iniquity.  But here he lacked the faith to do so. In Deut 32:51 Moses repeats his problem, “because you broke faith with me in the midst of the people.”

Paul says that the Rock was Christ.  He also says that these things took place as examples for us. Christ has born our punishment and from his side flowed the waters that cleansed us in baptism.  There is no sin that he has not atoned for. When we speak to the Rock the waters flow.  Jesus sinners doth receive.  Let us not find ourselves outside of the promised land because we lack the faith to call on Jesus in a dry time.  We all eat the same spiritual food and drink the same spiritual drink. We have all sinned and fallen short.  The Rock of the Church provides for all in abundance.  When we call on him in faith.   

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story” – Continuing with Isaac
  • Confirmation: Lord’s Prayer – Introduction & First Petition
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  March 21st, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In you inbox, look for the email.

RUMMAGE SALE – April 23.

The preschool will start collecting stuff for the rummage sale Friday, April 15th. You can drop anything, except TV’s or Computers, any time that week.

WOMEN’S GROUP

Made a donation to the Lutheran World Relief fund for Ukraine Refugees for St. Mark’s.

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

During the season of Lent, which starts Wednesday, we have taken upon ourselves that RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 3/13

March 13th, 2022 – 2nd Sunday in Lent

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  March 14th – March 20th

Monday…………………          6:00PM             Men’s Group

Tuesday .………………..         7:00PM            Joint Council & Elders

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          St. Patrick, Missionary

                                                 10:00 AM        Bible Study

Saturday………………..          St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

The St. Patrick that most of us know is the one of Green Beer and an excuse to drink it. And I’m not knocking an excuse to drink a good beer. But, Patrick deserves more than that, because his actual story is as deeply Christian as you can get. Patrick was the son of a British Christian family in the late Roman Empire. Like the Arthurian legends Roman Christian Britain was opposed by the Celtic Irish Pagan.  Patrick was enslaved by a raiding party and for 6 years sent to herd pigs in Ireland. He eventually escaped, returned home and found his way into the priesthood. Patrick then set about returning the island of his captivity to set its residents free from their slavery to idolatry. One of the strongest prayers of the church that we occasionally pray together I’ve always thought was, “bring all transgressors and those blinded and bound in the devil’s kingdom to know Jesus Christ…that the number of Christian might be increased.”  It is a literal praying for our enemies.  Bring these people who are probably against us to faith where I must accept them as my brother.  Patrick didn’t just pray that, he lived it.  The people who enslaved him, he determined to set free, and did.  The saints are staggering.

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

The Introit (Entrance) Psalm this week comes mostly from Psalm 74.  In our worship service it cuts off at an interesting and troubling place.  In the midst of the start of our worship the last line is “the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary.”  The second week of Lent moves a little deeper into the season’s themes.  If the first week was about temptation and testing, the second week is about confronting the crisis of the Gospel.  The sanctuary has been destroyed.  The specific example that the psalm is contemplating would be the destruction of Solomon’s Temple and David’s City Jerusalem.  But the larger sanctuary would be all of creation.  God made it all “very good.” And the enemy destroyed that goodness in sin.  The greatest thing he destroyed was us.  All of us were born blinded and bound in the Devil’s Kingdom.  I’d encourage taking the bible out and reading the entirety of Psalm 74.  It is a lament both for what we – the natural foes of God – do to this sanctuary.  It is also a cry for remembrance.  God, remember who you are.  Remember the people you have claimed and made promises to, and remember your might from of old that fixed the boundaries of the earth. 

The Gospel is God’s response. God gave us the incarnate Sanctuary of his Son Jesus.  Yes, we tried to destroy that one too, but the Father would not let it. In his might he recalled Jesus from the grave.  Likewise He will recall everyone.  There will be a new Heavens and a New Earth.  A New Jerusalem with Christ as its Temple, a temple made with living stones built on Christ. And already today God has erected a new sanctuary.  One enters this sanctuary through baptism which frees us from Satan’s bondage.  In this sanctuary we hear of God’s gifts for us and how he does remember us. “The downtrodden do not turn back in shame, the poor and needy praise his name (Psalm 74:21)” because in this sanctuary they are given victory over that old enemy who will not prevail against it. 

And yet that Gospel is a crisis. Because you do not earn it.  It is given by grace; it is received by faith.  We sinners who have destroyed every other sanctuary are completely dependent upon the steadfast love of God remembering not our sins but his promises. Promises like what even the prophet of doom Jeremiah says, “Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the LORD your God, and the LORD will relent of the disaster that he has promised. (Jeremiah 26:13).”  God surely does this, but have we received it.  Do we find ourselves in our baptism?  Do we like St. Patrick’s great hymn, “bind ourselves today to the strong name of the Trinity (LSB 604).”  Or are we destroying our own sanctuary that God has swept clean?  It is a crisis because we must walk a road.  We walk “according to the example we have in the apostles and saints (Philippians 3:17)”.  Or we walk as “enemies of the cross of Christ (3:18).” Choose your path wisely, only one has a sanctuary built by God.

POTLUCK/ELDER’s MISSION PRESENTATION

Join us for the Potluck immediately after service

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story” – The Birth and Sacrifice of Isaac
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 3, Part 3
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  March 21st, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: The Lord’s Prayer starts this week.  Look in your inbox

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

During the season of Lent, which starts Wednesday, we have taken upon ourselves that RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 3/6

March 6th, 2022 – 1st Sunday in Lent

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  March 7th – March 13th

Monday…………………          Perpetua & Felicitas, Martyrs

                                                 6:00PM             LAF (Zoom)

Tuesday .………………..         Pastor’s Circuit Meeting (@ St. Mark’s 9AM -1 PM)

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          10:00 AM        Bible Study

Saturday………………..          10:00 AM        Women’s Group

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

Perpetua & Felicitas come to the church from the early (203 AD) persecutions. Those persecutions were an on and off thing, but when they were on, they didn’t care who they captured. Perpetua was a patrician and Felicitas was her slave/servant. Both of them were recent converts and both recent mothers. It is one of the rare stories that comes to us not just from books of the martyrs, but a first person account written by Perpetua while in prison leading up to their execution. Tertullian, a 3rd century church father, edited it slightly and published widely. A 19th century translation (i.e. wordy) is here: https://ccel.org/ccel/tertullian/perpetua_felicitas/anf03.vi.vi.i.html . Plough Quarterly has a more modern rendering: https://www.plough.com/en/topics/faith/witness/perpetua . It didn’t take long before a church was erected over their grave site. And they have remained on the list of martyrs for 1800 years. We might ask why these stories were collected and remembered. The simple answer is their witness. Here were two women with everything the world of the time might offer, but neither noble father nor nursing child was worth denying Christ. Likewise in life they were Lady and Slave, but in Christ they shared peace and martyrdom. The scorn of the world for the eternal crown.  

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

It strikes me how closely Perpetua & Felicitas embody the Epistle lesson for today (Romans 10:8-13). Paul connects the word in our mouth to that which is in our heart.  According to the story, when Perpetua’s Father attempted to get her to deny her faith to escape death – something he could arrange – her answer to him was a lesson in calling things rightly which ended with, “Neither can I call myself anything else than what I am – a Christian.” What was in her heart was also in her mouth.  And in that confession the Apostle Paul tells us is our salvation.  “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

The Apostle continues to say that “everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” One might consider being stripped, trampled by a bull and then executed to be shame.  And there would certainly be some amount of temporal shame.  The real point of the Apostle is the resurrection to eternal shame or eternal life.  But even here the story of Perpetua has a note of that lack of shame. After witnessing the barbarity and the nobility with which the two faced it, the new legionnaire assigned to kill Perpetua could not do it. He stabbed her with shaking hand and missed the important parts. The story as told includes that Perpetua steadied the soldier’s hand and guided him to finish the job.  Whose is the shame?

And finally Paul writes “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.” The other “ending” to the Perpetua and Felicitas story is how Lady and Slave were the comfort and equal of each other. This took place in the prison leading up to the martyrdom, but also in the arena. After their trampling it is recorded that they picked each other up and shared “the kiss of peace” as the soldiers came to deliver the final blow. That kiss of peace was a standard part of early Christianity. In this, those who were master and slave in life, recognized each other as equals in Christ.  Equally at peace in calling on the name of the Lord.  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

What we confess with our mouth is what resides in our heart.  May we have a small portion of the faith of Perpetua and Felicitas.

NOTE ON UKRAINE

If you are looking for ways to support Ukraine, the LCMS has extensive missionary contacts in the country and is helping with displaced people.  If so moved, here is a link to the story and how we might help.

The LCMS Reporter story with links for support: ‘The list changes daily’: Help for Ukraine (lcms.org)

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story”
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 3, Part 2
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  March 7th, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Going to continue with the Psalms for a Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: The Lord’s Prayer starts this week.  Look in your inbox

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

During the season of Lent, which starts Wednesday, we have taken upon ourselves that RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 2/27

February 27th, 2022 – Transfiguration Sunday

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  Feb 28th – March 6th

Tuesday .………………..         Mardi Gras

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

                                                 7:00 PM          Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday……………….          10:00 AM        Bible Study

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS – Mardi Gras & Ash Wednesday

There aren’t any formal commemorations on the church calendar this week. But there is an informal day (Mardi Gras) and a moveable Seasonal Day (Ash Wednesday). Different languages and cultures have called it different things: Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, but almost all Christian cultures have something like it. It’s the Spring equivalent to All Hollows Eve in the Fall.  A day of “cleaning the decks” before a more stringent demand. Forty (40) is one of those biblical numbers of completeness.  It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years. Moses and Elijah, the two we see on the Mount, fasted for 40 days on the Holy Mountain. Jesus was tempted for 40 days.  Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days. There are others, look them up.  It is always a time of testing and purification. The council of Nicea (325 AD), along with the Nicene Creed, established the 40 day period of Lent prior to Easter.  Sundays are always a little easter, feast days, so they are not technically part of Lent.  They are the Sundays “in Lent”. So Ash Wednesday marked the start of that 40 days, a complete time to prepare for the Great Easter. Liturgically we say good-bye to the Gloria and Alleluia today that they might erupt again on Easter.

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

As I live my 50th year with fading eyesight if not quite losing vigor, I know that many reading this might chuckle at the “young guy” reflecting on Moses’ 120 years “with his eyes undimmed and his vigor unabated.” Just you wait. But the next line from our Old Testament text (Deuteronomy 34:1-12) is also one that catches me, “the people of Israel wept for Moses 30 days.” Thirty is a biblical number of starting something.  Joseph was 30 when he entered Pharaoh’s service. Thirty was the start of the Levites service in the tabernacle (Numbers 4:3). Thirty was the age that David ascended to the throne (2 Samuel 5:4). Luke has Jesus about 30 (Luke 3:23) when his active ministry starts. I would have expected a time of mourning of 40 days, a number of completion, a full time. But the number is thirty as if the end of Moses’ service is but a beginning. The days of mourning for Aaron were likewise thirty (Numbers 20:29).

It is hard in the midst of carrying the cross in this life to think in that way.  It is part of the veil that Satan has pulled over all of creation.  Our eyes of flesh see that everything tends toward nothing. We expend our strength lifelong and at the end what have we accomplished? The blessed might be surrounded by family. Fortune’s favorites might lie in state or have a grand funeral. But we are more like Moses than we think.  None of us cross into the promised land in this life.  We only see it from afar. But that Ecclesiastes type reflection isn’t quite right. Sometimes the veil gets pierced and Moses and Elijah stand on the mountain. Sometimes with fading physical eyesight we see more clearly. Or like Sampson sapped of his strength for the first time in weakness become strong. We see and feel the true vision that this life demands only 30 days because it is but a start. Our faithfulness in God’s house (Hebrews 3:2) continues because we have been given eternal life in Christ.

May we not just see the 40’s, things come to full completion, but also the 30’s, things that start anew.  May we carry within us the seed of faith which grows to eternal life.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE: Wednesday, March 2nd @ 7 PM

POTLUCK/ELDER’s MISSION PRESENTATION (March 13th)

SAVE THE DATE!!!   Sign up today for our “Guinea Pig Pot-Luck” lunch immediately following service on March 13th.    Bring a dish or dessert you’ve never tried before to see everyone’s reaction! . Look for the guinea pigs on the bulletin board

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story”
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 3, Part 2
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  March 7th, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Psalm of the Day for the Epiphany Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: I woke it up this past Tuesday, with God’s blessings will continue

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

During the season of Lent, which starts Wednesday, we have taken upon ourselves that RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  You will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 2/20

February 20th, 2022 – 7th Sunday after Epiphany

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  Feb 21th – Feb 27th

Monday.………………..           6:00 PM           LAF

Wednesday…………….           Polycarp, Martyr

                                                 2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          Matthias, Apostle

                                                 10:00 AM        Bible Study

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

Matthias is the man on whom the lot fell to replace Judas among the twelve. That is about all we know for sure. The strongest tradition has Matthias eventually heading northeast into what we think of as former Soviet Republics: Armenia and Georgia, two of the oldest churches. He is recorded as being martyred in Colchis which is in Georgia, yet Trier Cathedral claims his bones. Since his name is presumably on a foundation stone of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:14) maybe we will know the full story one day.  Polycarp’s story is more fully known. He was a student of the Apostle John and one of the bishops and writers of the generation immediately after the Apostles. Polycarp happened to live into his late 80’s and the Roman proconsul who had scooped him up in persecutions begged him in light of his advanced age to just give his pinch of salt to Caesar. Polycarp responded, “Eighty-six years I have served Him, and He never did me any injury. How then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?” His remains were denied to the church for burial.  They kept his witness anyway.  

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

The Old Testament lesson this week (Genesis 45:3-15) depends upon understanding what came before. The story of Joseph used to be standard Sunday School material. Being Sunday School it was usually told as a moral lesson.  Don’t be a snot to your bothers and parents (Joseph’s Dreams) especially if you were dad’s favorite with a habit of snitching on them (the coat of many colors). Even if your brother is a snot, he’s still your brother (Joseph sold into slavery). Remain pure (Potiphar’s wife). Good deeds are eventually rewarded (Interpreter of Dream).  Mercy is the best path (Joseph and his brothers reunited.) You can read all of that starting in chapter 37 of Genesis. And while none of those morals are necessarily bad, if all you came away with from the story was the law, you’ve missed it.  And if all we attempted to do was scare a bunch of kids into being good, we’ve wronged them.

The fact is that Joseph is something of a jerk.  And the fact that he seems smarter or better or more blessed by God just makes that a bit worse. If you do read the last 14 chapters of Genesis – Joseph’s complete arc – even though he goes through many struggles Joseph never seems to be an attractive character. I think part of the reason has to do with 45:7, Joseph’s reconciliation of his life.  “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant…so it was not you who sent me here, but God.” We really can’t control a single thing about how others treat us or perceive us.  Joseph didn’t deserve to be sold into slavery or sent to prison.  Neither is being “the savior of the world” something he deserves because his interpretation of dreams comes from God alone. Joseph is merely the vessel of divine purpose. We can’t control what others think and do, much less can we change what God has planned.  The Will of God is done regardless of our actions.

What is up to us is how we interpret the acts of God, and how we behave to those who have wronged us.  Do we return measure for measure?  It seems like Joseph desperately wants to when he hides gold in his brother’s bags and “catches” them as thieves. Do we refuse God’s calling or deny Him His due taking all the credit for ourselves?  There is still some of that in Joseph.  “You must tell my Father of all my honor in Egypt.” Or do we acknowledge the good and gracious will of God when he “breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the devil, the world and our sinful nature.”  Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery because they hated him.  Joseph’s pride is always lurking. Joseph’s “saving of the world” leads to the enslavement of his people when there comes a Pharaoh “who knew not Joseph”. It also creates most likely the first instance of “Egypt/Babylon/Rome” – the all-consuming state. The devil, the world and our sinful natures are certainly present. But through this impossibly warped reality God eventually works the Exodus which is the pattern of the greater Exodus of Christ.  God’s good and gracious will is done. Do we, like Joseph, recognize it, and treat others with the grace given us?    

POTLUCK/ELDER’s MISSION PRESENTATION (March 13th)

SAVE THE DATE!!!   Sign up today for our “Guinea Pig Pot-Luck” lunch immediately following service on March 13th.    Bring a dish or dessert you’ve never tried before to see everyone’s reaction! . Look for the guinea pigs on the bulletin board

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story”
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 3, Part 1
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  Feb 21st, 6PM, Zoom
  • Sunday Morning: Psalm of the Day for the Epiphany Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In hibernation

COFFEE HOUR & ALTAR FLOWERS

These are both weekly ongoing opportunities for hospitality and chances to be of service. The sign-up sheets are on the first bulletin board to be sure we aren’t over-subscribed.  Please consider.  Thanks!

RHAFT CHALLENGE FOR LENT

The season of Lent is quickly approaching, and so is another RHAFT challenge for giving to our local food pantry.  Starting next week, you will find an insert in your bulletin which lists some suggestions for items to give during each of the six weeks of Lent.  (Of course, any donations are welcomed at any time, but this method helps us give a variety of items to RHAFT.)  There are many who are “in need” in our community, and this is an opportunity for us to help them.  We THANK YOU for your past generosity in giving, and we pray that you will accept our challenge to help once again!

Virtual Bulletin – 2/13

February 13th, 2022 – 6th Sunday after Epiphany

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  Feb 14th – Feb 20th

Monday.………………..           Valentine, Martyr

Tuesday.………………..          Philemon & Onesimus

Wednesday…………….           Philip Melanchthon

                                                 10:00 AM        Council Meeting

                                                 2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          10:00 AM        Bible Study

Friday.…………………          Martin Luther

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

Most commemorations are set on the day of the saint’s death.  That is the case with Luther.  That is also the case, historically from the Eastern Orthodox for Philemon, the receiver of the biblical letter from Paul with his name. Onesimus was Philemon’s run-away slave who Paul urged Philemon to receive back “as a brother.” Something similar must have happened with Melanchthon who is placed on his birthday in the same week with Luther.  We remember Luther, but the Reformation and the Lutheran Church doesn’t happen without Philip, Luther’s right hand man.  The Augsburg Confession, the prime definition of Lutheranism, is Melanchthon’s work.  And all of these in the week of St. Valentine. It is interesting how sticky some of the saint days are. Groundhog’s day (Feb 2) is the same day as the Presentation of Jesus. The original weather superstition was from Germany around a badger. The Pennsylvania Dutch didn’t have badgers, but they had groundhogs. So instead of presenting the Son, Feb 2nd , they presented the groundhog to the Sun. The original Valentine has lots of stories, but the most probable is about the martyr and a daughter of the jailor. The girl had become fond of the saint and was distressed at his martyrdom.  So, he wrote her a note of encouragement and consolation. Death is a defeated enemy. Hence the Valentine’s exchange of love notes.  

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

The laying on of hands at an ordination is an extremely old rite, and you immediately perceive its purpose. The call and task of the office, often symbolized by the stoles of those gathered, is being shared with the person being ordained.  The first part of that task is to testify to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 traces the early parts of that laying on of hands. ‘For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received…that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of who are still alive…then to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all to me.”  Want to be an apostle? Be a firsthand witness to the resurrection. Most of us have received the charge by faith through the means of those who told us.

And it is the logic of the church’s message – the resurrection – that Paul is arguing in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. There is a natural argument. I have never see a dead person come back to life. It doesn’t happen. So, it didn’t happen to Jesus. Resurrection talk us just metaphor for some spiritual reality. Paul calls that out as truly bad thinking. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is in vain.” This one fact, that Jesus Christ rose from the dead according to the scriptures, is the cornerstone of the entire faith.  “If Christ is not raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” If we have believed in: Christ the great teacher, Christ the moral exemplar, Christ the symbol of our best life now, or any of those other Christ’s that are only about this life, we are fools. It is not that Christ is not most of those things.  But this life dies.  And if everything that dies stays dead, don’t fool yourself, get what you can, because tomorrow you die.

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” The dead are raised. All those apostles saw it.  And after seeing Him, their entire lives were changed. “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me (Paul) was not in vain…Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.”  That faith was not in vain for Paul, and that faith is not in vain for you.  Your sins are forgiven.  Death is a defeated enemy.

POTLUCK/ELDER’s MISSION PRESENTATION (March 13th)

SAVE THE DATE!!!   Sign up today for our “Guinea Pig Pot-Luck” lunch immediately following service on March 13th.    Bring a dish or dessert you’ve never tried before to see everyone’s reaction! . Look for the guinea pigs on the bulletin board

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story”
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 2, part 3
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  I think I was told Mondays on Zoom for a bit. Feb 21st Next
  • Sunday Morning: Psalm of the Day for the Epiphany Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In hibernation

Virtual Bulletin – 2/6

February 6th, 2022 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES FOR WEEK OF:  Feb 7th – Feb 13th

Monday.………………..           6:00 PM           Men’s Group

Tuesday.………………..          Pastor’s Circuit (‘til 1:00PM)

                                                 7:00 PM           Elders

Wednesday…………….           2:30 PM           Confirmation

Thursday……………….          Silas

                                                 10:00 AM        Bible Study

Saturday………………..          Aquila, Priscilla & Apollos

Sunday: ………………….          10:00am           Worship

                                                  11:00am           Bible Study

COMMEMORATIONS

The commemorations this week might be called “The Fellowship of Paul”. The first place they are all mentioned is in Acts 18 in the City of Corinth.  Aquilla and Priscilla are never mentioned separately and assumed to be husband and wife. They also have the same trade as Paul, traditionally that of tentmaker. They meet up in Corinth because they apparently have been exiled from Rome in the 49-50AD expulsion of Jews by the Emperor Claudius. Silas and Timothy catch up with Paul who had gone ahead after leaving Athens. Paul’s pattern appeared to be to preach until he got invited to leave or felt that he had done all he could.  He’d leave Silas or Timothy or Titus or Aquila and Priscilla behind to organize and establish local leadership.  It is Aquila and Priscilla who run across Apollos preaching Jesus in Ephesus.  Apollos’ preaching was correct but missing something.  Luke says that “he knew only the baptism of John.”  They correct him and send him on his way.  At the same time Paul is doubling back to them finding people along the way who “had not received the Holy Spirit but knew only the baptism of John.”  The fellowship of Paul and divine coincidence that ensures the full gospel is heard. Acts 18 and the Fellowship of Paul is an incredible picture of the care of the Spirit by the entire body of Christ.  

PRAYER THOUGHT AND MEDITATION

I probably should just steal this for the sermon.  Given how good he delivered it, I imagine it is Pastor Barry Keurulainen’s “sugar shack”. Every preacher has that specific text and the serendipity of the Spirit that produces what feels a bit like magic, and Isaiah 6:1-8 I think is Barry’s. Ask yourself what is the heart of worship?  Take a minute to think.  What would you say?

To Pastor Keurulainen it starts with Majesty.  ‘The train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him stood the seraphim, each with six wings…calling to one another Holy, Holy, Holy.” The only attribute of God repeated three times is Holy.  Not peace, peace, peace.  Not love, love, love – that’s the Beatles. God is Holy.  The train, the seraphim and announcement, they all speak of the wholly unique and original majesty of God.  There is none like Him.  All worship begins in awe of the Majesty of the creator.

Being confronted with such majesty, the immediate response is mortality.  “Woe is me! For I am lost.  I am a man of unclean lips…and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” The second you realize where you are the reality of fear comes. Peter has the same experience in our gospel text this week after he sees the fish.  “Depart from me Lord (Luke 5:8)” Job understands after the Lord’s questioning.  The eternal majesty overwhelms the flesh and reminds us of our mortality.  Worship is always a recognition that we are not enough in ourselves but need something greater.

There are lots of things that audition for that something greater.  But be careful how you choose your Lord.  Most of them will eat you up.  It is only Yahweh who desires mercy not sacrifice.  It is only Yahweh who gave himself for us.  The Worship of Jesus is about Mercy.  “Behold, this has touched your lips, your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”  Isaiah has seen the majesty.  He has felt the mortality.  And God offers himself to Isaiah in mercy.  True worship, the worship of Spirit and truth as Jesus would say to the Samaritan woman, is the pronouncement of mercy. God has bared his Holy Arm and has redeemed you.  He has removed your sins as far as the east is from the west.

What is the last word in the heart of worship?  Mission.  After seeing the LORD’s majesty, feeling our mortality, and receiving His mercy, the same Lord asks “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Isaiah’s answer, “Here I am, send me.” The first three are completely vertical, between God and ourselves.  The heart of worship is about attending to God rightly in His majesty, our mortality and His mercy. The last word takes the love of God we have received outward to our neighbor. The heart of Worship ends by inviting others to the Majesty, Mortality, and Mercy.

POTLUCK/ELDER’s MISSION PRESENTATION (March 13th)

This is scheduled for Sunday, March 13th after service.  This is an opportunity to fellowship over some food and to learn something about a few missions and how you might be able to get involved. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin boards.  The potluck has theme: Guinea Pigs.  Bring a dish to pass that is a recipe you have not tried before.  We are all going to try something new.  And if it doesn’t work, that’s fine. We won’t report it to your social credit score.

BEEF on WECK

Spring Beef on Weck is going to be on Saturday, April 2nd.  There will be a couple of workdays prior.  Please put it on your calendar, consider helping, and picking up a meal.

BIBLE STUDIES

  • Thurs 10am: “The Necessary Bible Stories to Know Our Own Story”
  • Confirmation: Creed, Article 2, part 2
  • Life Application Fellowship (LAF):  I think I was told Mondays on Zoom for a bit. Feb 21st Next
  • Sunday Morning: Psalm of the Day for the Epiphany Season. Come Join Us in the prayer book of the Bible.
  • Catechism Moment: In hibernation