Bringing the word in a new way – this week at ELC

Conf Luther skitJoin us this week as our confirmation youth present the message through a short play about Martin Luther and the Reformation.  Special worship time this Sunday – one worship at 10:00 a.m. 

Join us for a pancake breakfast benefit from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m.  All proceeds to the Olivia Benson Bright Medical Fund.

Worship this week with Holy Communion:  Saturday at 5:00 p.m., Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Devotions for this week:  Bringing the Word to a New Day

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, Acts 17:16-31, Paul’s Sermon at Athens

Monday, Acts 18:1-17, Paul in Corinth

Tuesday, Acts 19:1-10, Paul in Ephesus

Wednesday, Acts 21:27-36, Paul Arrested in the Temple

Thursday, Acts 21:37-22:5, Paul Defends Himself

Friday, Acts 23:12-22, The Plot to Kill Paul

Saturday, Acts 28:23-30, Paul Preaches in Rome

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23)

When Paul encountered a new culture, he had to find new ways to share the story so that people could understand.  In much the same way Martin Luther and the reformers were bringing the story to a world that had largely grown unfamiliar with what the gospel really said:

  • Tell of a time you stepped way outside your comfort zone. What did you learn?
  • How has the world changed in your lifetime? What does that mean for how we share the faith?
  • Wonder: Where would you like to travel? What would you like to see there?

PRAY: God of all nations, your word reaches every corner of the earth. Open our ears to your word, and our hearts to those around us who do not speak as we do, all for the sake of your Son Jesus, who loved and embraced us all, Amen.

BLESS:  May God stretch you to learn and grow. Amen.



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