“This Changes Everything” — This week at ELC

36513697_1898920246805101_213893855286657024_nJoin us at a special combined worship service at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, when we’ll hear the young people of our congregation share the stories and the impact of the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering that took place in Houston, TX, with the theme:  “This Changes Everything”.

There will be a regular 5:00 p.m worship on Saturday in the chapel.

Sunday – One worship service at 9:00 a.m. followed by conversation and refreshments in fellowship hall.

Devotions for this week:  – Mary and Martha

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 10:38-42  Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha

Monday, John 11:1-6  Lazarus reported ill

Tuesday, John 11:7-16  Death of Lazarus

Wednesday, John 11:17-27  Martha comes out to meet Jesus

Thursday,  John 11:28-37  Mary meets Jesus, Jesus weeps

Friday, John 11:38-44  Lazarus is raised

Saturday,  John 12:1-7  Dinner with Jesus and Lazarus

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas

21Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,     John 11:21-24

Mary, Martha and Lazarus are friends of Jesus, but even being close to Jesus, didn’t always know what he was up to.  But they welcomed his presence, and trusted that he would act.  We can still learn much from their example.

  • These two sisters show different styles of discipleship – active service & quiet listening. When do you find time for each?
  • Though their first reaction was disappointment (Lord, if you had been here our brother would not have died) they still trusted. Do we bring our doubts, fear, and trust to Jesus?

PRAY:  Gathering God,  Empower us to model the supportive presence of the community surrounding Mary, Martha and Lazarus as they suffered, grieved and celebrated. And empower us also to continue to embody your love faith to and for one another. In Jesus name. Amen

 BLESS:  May you bring your hopes and fears to Jesus.


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