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Summer Worship Series

What is the Kingdom of Heaven? What is it like? How can we describe it? Jesus used parables to invite people into an experience of the Kingdom of Heaven. But he also showed people what the Kingdom of Heaven is like with everything he did. Beginning July 3 and running through August we will be exploring Matthew’s vision of the Kingdom of Heaven revealed in the person of Jesus.

July 3 & 6 The Kingdom of God Revealed
A person of faith believes that there is more to this world than meets the eye. Jesus reveals the “hidden” kingdom of God and invites us to participate in that kingdom today and forever.

July 10 & 13 The Spreading Word
In this familiar parable of the sower, the seed goes all over the place, on good soil and bad. The focus is on the grace and reckless generosity of the One who pours out the word of the kingdom on all people. It’s not about us and what kind of soil we are; it’s about God, who sent us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

July 17 & 20 The Weedy, Wheat-filled Kingdom
Jesus describes a kingdom where the master has a different attitude towards the presence of weeds than his workers. What does it take for us to think more like the master and less like the workers who want everything perfect right now?

Sunday, July 24 – Guest Speaker: Joy Waughtal
Joy is returning from a year of volunteer mission work in South Africa as part of the Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) program of the ELCA. Come and hear Joy speak about her experiences at both the 8:15 and 10:15 worship services as well as a special family education forum at 9:15

July 31 & August 3 You Feed Them
Jesus called his disciples to feed the multitude. Though they may have doubted their ability, when they did what he commanded they discovered the power that Jesus had given them. We too are called and empowered for ministry. Ours is not to doubt but to do.

Worship in January

In January we continue working our way through the Lord’s Prayer spending time to look in greater depth at what it is that we are praying for. During the first four  Sundays (and corresponding Wednesday evenings) in January we will be asking, “What does it mean to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily bread,’ when most of the people in our congregation have so much already.

January 2 & 5: Our Daily Bread
Just how much are we asking for when we ask for daily bread? In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther said daily bread includes everything we need for daily life; food, clothing, shelter, healthy relationships and even a good reputation.

January 9 & 12: Christ the Bridge
No one can deny that there is gross inequality in the world. Some of those inequalities are for reasons beyond our control. But some of them are disparities that we create or sustain. Jesus makes it possible for us to be changed and see our relationship with God and the whole creation in a new way. We then join in the work of Christ, bridging the gap of inequality.

January 16 & 19: A Daily Bread Co-op
Even the most ardent believer in prayer understands that food doesn’t just drop from the sky because we ask for it. And even when it does fall like manna from the sky we still have to work to gather it up. Realistically we are in partnership with God to provide daily bread for ourselves and our world.  How far does that partnership extend? How much does God expect us to do?

January 23 & 26: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
When we turn to God to ask for our daily bread we are admitting that we cannot provide all that we need without God’s help. In this prayer we humble ourselves and exalt the God who so graciously provides all that we need for this life and the next.

Worship in May

May 01 & 02: Bold Church Transformation
Has your life ever taken an abrupt turn in one direction or another? Do you ever feel that you are making plans in one direction, but life is moving in quite another direction? If your answer is “yes,” you are not alone. In today’s lesson, we get an idea of how we can discover God’s plans for us and join in the dream of building God’s kingdom in our lives.

May 08 & 09: Bold Church: Testimony
What is your faith story? What path has brought you to the way you now believe? Today, as we continue reading through the book of Acts we encounter the apostle Paul telling his story. We can learn a lot from him about how our lives can be a living testimony to the grace of God.

May 15 & 16:  Bold Church: Adventure
In the final chapters of Acts, we encounter a long winter, pounding storms at sea, severe hunger, threats of death, a shipwreck and the near loss of hope. Through it all, Paul, under arrest and facing death, maintains a spirit of adventure. The final words of Luke’s riveting story describe Paul proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about Jesus “with all boldness and without hindrance.”

May 22 & 23:  Bold Church: Spirit
The early Christian church began with a spirit of boldness that came from the transforming love of God they experienced in Jesus. The same Spirit of love and goodness that Jesus possessed was given to the disciples at Pentecost and is available to us today. The Holy Spirit makes us a Bold Church.

Our summer worship schedule begins the weekend of Memorial Day. First Light worship will be at 8:15, Summer Song contemporary worship will be at 10:15 and Evening Song worship moves to Wednesday evening at 5:30 beginning June 2.

May 30 & June 2:  Family Tree
Matthew sees Jesus as the fulfillment of the Jewish scriptures. These scriptures describe the Jews as God’s chosen people, set apart. Through baptism we are incorporated/adopted/brought into this family and take our place in the family tree.