This evening, you are invited to Zion at 5:30 pm to the fourth of five gatherings on Martin Luther's Small Catechism. We'll have a meal first, provided by Zion, and then our study will be on Holy Baptism. I hope you can be there!
Holy Week begins next Sunday, April 9. Here's a list of the services:
Sunday, April 9 Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion
Zion, 9:30 am
St. Mark, 11:15 am
Thursday, April 13 Maundy Thursday worship
Zion, 7:00 pm
Friday, April 14 Good Friday worship
St. Mark, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 16 Easter Sunday Celebration of the Resurrection
St. Mark, 7:00 am, followed by potluck breakfast
Zio, 10:00am, followed by potluck brunch
It's been five years since our last pictorial directory and we don't look the same. Well, most of us look older, but the parish has also changed because we have new members and friends. Help make our new directory as complete as possible by signing up for a portrait. Not only will your picture be in the new directory, you'll receive a free 8X10 portrait. Portraits will be taken at Zion, on April 25 and 26. You can sign up at church on Sunday or you can email or call me and I'll sign you up. We're asking people to sign up now to see if we need to add another day; right now, there are plenty of appointments to choose from, starting at 3:30 pm and going until 8:45 pm. Our directory will not be complete unless you and your family are in it. Directories are very helpful for newcomers to the parish so they can identify people they don't know. Thanks for cooperating. You'll look great in an 8X10!
I have attached my sermon from last Sunday (thank you, Bill Gardner and Billy Motley for leading the services while I was sick.)
Yesterday, I received an ELCA Advocacy Alert concerning our support of vulnerable migrant children and their families. Here is the link to that email: http://support.elca.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=4227.0&dlv_id=7592¤t=true&em_id=4227.0 . For more information about the ELCA program, AAMPARO, which seeks to ensure safety for migrant children and their families, visit http://www.elca.org/ammparo. These programs breathe life into Jesus' call to love our neighbor.
This is today's devotion from Luther Seminary. It's based on Romans 8:6-11, our second lesson for this coming Sunday:
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you." The language of resurrection from the dead can sometimes lead us to think only of life after death. Yet this verse from Paul's letter to the Romans reminds us that the resurrection also brings us life before death. The Spirit gives life. The Spirit that animates us each day is the same Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead. In our prayers for healing, for the flourishing of our families, for justice in the world, we can rejoice that the death-defeating power of the Holy Spirit breathes life into each moment of our lives.
(You can request to receive "God Pause," the daily Luther Seminary devotion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.)