Our Daily Bread – This week at ELC

BreadIt is fitting that Jesus’  prayer uses bread to represent the needs of humanity. Food is one of the few universal human needs, which offers humanity opportunities daily to connect with one another over a meal.  Do we receive, and share, our daily bread with thankful hearts?

Worship this week: 

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:

Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread                       August 27-28, 2016

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding:

Sunday, Luke 11:2-4, Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread

Monday, Exodus 16:1-36, Bread from Heaven

Tuesday, Deuteronomy 8:1-20, A Warning Not to Forget God

Wednesday, 1 Samuel 21:1-9, David and the Holy Bread

Thursday, Matthew 4:1-11, The Temptation of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 14:13-21, Feeding the Five Thousand

Saturday, Luke 24:13-25, The Walk of Emmaus

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

[Jesus said,] “Give us each day our daily bread.” Luke 2:3

  • What is the importance of bread in each of these stories?
  • What does it mean to receive “daily bread” from God? Other than bread, what are some things you cannot live without?
  • Tell a story of a time you were hungry.
  • Bake a loaf of bread from scratch. Look up a recipe online or use an old family. Take note of how long it takes, of how patience and persistence are required. Enjoy the time to use your hands and let your mind wander – meditate or pray as you bake. Share your bread with your family, friends, or even strangers.

PRAY:  Provider of all, you have given all that is needed for life. Give us wisdom to choose what is good, and to share our abundance, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS:  May God provide you with bread each and every day. Amen.

Your Kingdom Come — this week at ELC

on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven-copyEach time we utter the words “Your kingdom come” we are not simply looking ahead to the end of days, but asking that we might also live here and now with God, each other, and the whole creation in a way which reflects God’s loving design.

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. Modified traditional worship in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

7:00 p.m. – Music on the lawn

Devotions for this week:

Your Kingdom Come                                                August 20-21, 2016

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding:

Sunday, Luke 11:2-4, Your Kingdom Come

Monday, 2 Samuel 7:1-17, God’s Covenant with David

Tuesday, Matthew 3:1-12, The Proclamation of John the Baptist

Wednesday, Mark 1:9-15, The Baptism of Jesus

Thursday, Luke 4:42-44, Jesus Preaches in the Synagogues

Friday, John 3:1-21, Nicodemus Visits Jesus

Saturday, Romans 14:13-23, Do Not Make Another Stumble

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

[Jesus said,] “Your kingdom come.” Luke 11:2b

  • What do these texts say about God’s kingdom?
  • What does it mean for God’s kingdom to come here to earth? God’s kingdom occurs on earth any time people are doing God’s work and loving one another. How can you help bring about God’s kingdom?
  • Tell a story of a time you knew you were living in God’s kingdom.
  • Do something this week to heal the earth, which is God’s kingdom. Use less fuel, less water, or plant a tree. Or clean a closet and donate items to an organization that recycles, reuses, or reduces. Be creative!

PRAY:  Loving God, your kingdom is anywhere your vision for creation is fulfilled. Bring this same vision into focus before our own eyes, that you might live through us, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS:  May God create God’s kingdom on earth. Amen.

Pray in this way — this week at ELC

teach us to pray 1 2 series poster (2)For the next four weeks we’ll be considering Jesus’ teaching on prayer.  As he begins teaching the disciples Jesus invites us to stand before the holy and address the sacred as we would address our loving parent.

Worship this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel  (modified traditional)

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:

Father, Hallowed be Your Name                              August 13-14, 2016

SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding:

Sunday, Luke 11:2-4, Father, Hallowed Be Your Name

Monday, Genesis 32:22-32, Jacob Wrestles with God

Tuesday, Exodus 3:13-15, The Great I Am

Wednesday, Exodus 20:1-17, The Ten Commandments

Thursday, Matthew 28:16-20, The Sending of the Disciples

Friday, John 16:16-24, Sorrow Will Turn into Joy

Saturday, Philippians 2:5-11, Servant Song

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name.” Luke 11:2a

  • What do these texts say about God’s name?
  • What power does a name hold? Does it matter what we call God? Why or why not? Does it matter what we call others? Why or why not?
  • Tell a story of a time someone called you a name. How did you feel? How did it shape the way you treat others?
  • Keep a journal with you throughout the week. Write down all the times you call someone a name, even if only in your head. At the end of the week, consider how you might change your perspective so that the name-calling and labeling might be lessened.

PRAY:  God of love, you open your arms to your children and love to hear us call your name. Give us words that honor and build up, to your glory and that of your Son Jesus, who taught us how to pray. Amen.

BLESS:  May God bless you with a holy name. Amen.