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A promise of hope – This week at ELC

Rainbow

Even if we grow weary, and wonder about the future, in the story of Noah we hear that God’s promise is that God will never give up on God’s creation—animals, plants, and humanity—ever again.

Worship this week:  

Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 Education and fellowship — sign up for Sunday School this week

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Flood and Promise – September 9, 2018

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

READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Monday, Genesis 9:18-28, Noah and His Sons

Tuesday, Genesis 10:1-14, Nations Descended from Noah

Wednesday, Genesis 10:15-32, Nations Descended from Noah

Thursday, Genesis 11:1-9, The Tower of Babel

Friday, Genesis 11:10-26, Descendants of Shem

Saturday, Genesis 11:27-32, Descendants of Terah

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:17)

Noah’s story shows us how saddened God can be at our thoughtless actions. How that same creator has the power to destroy us all with one swipe. And, miraculously, chooses not to.

  • How does God’s covenant with Noah shape the relationship humanity has with God today? Where do you see God’s promises lived out in this world?
  • How does God show up in your life? How and where do you connect with God?
  • For the littles: What is your favorite animal that God created? God saved all the animals from Noah’s flood—and some people, too!

PRAY:  O Lord, you preserved Noah as a sign that you hadn’t completely given up on your creation. Assure us of your mercy that we might live to proclaim it and share your promises with all humanity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS:  May God keep God’s promises in your life. Amen.

 

A faith shared — This week at ELC

Rekindle

Paul commends the faith of previous generations in the witness of Timothy.  May we also be strong examples of faith for those who come after us.

Worship this week with Holy Communion

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:  Eunice/Lois

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, Hebrews 12:1-2 The Cloud of witnesses

Monday, Psalm 100:1-2  Praise for God

Tuesday, Psalm 100:3-5  God’s faithfulness

Wednesday, 2 Timothy 1:1-2 Paul’s Prayer for Timothy

Thursday, 2 Timothy 1:3-4 Paul’s thankfulness

Friday, 2 Timothy 1:5 The example of Eunice and Lois

Saturday, 2 Timothy 1:6-7  Rekindling the gift of the Spirit

 TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you                                                2 Timothy 1:5

As Paul charges young Timothy with a call to ministry, he evokes the witness of faith of the generations before.  Faith is not inherited, but the loving witness of family can impact generations to come.

 What do you remember of your parents’ and grandparents’ witness to their faith?

  • Do your family members, your children or grandchildren know what it is that you believe?
  • What heritage of faith is passed in your family?
  • What are you willing to do to share your faith with a generation to come?

 PRAY:  Gracious God, help us to honor the witness of those who’ve gone before us in faith, and act in the boldness of the faith shared with us.      Amen.

 BLESS:  May you know the Spirit of power, not cowardice.  Amen.

Ordinary gifts, extraordinary love — this week at ELC

DorcasChristian service to others was modeled by Jesus in his ministry and carried on by the early church.   May we also joyfully give of our seemingly ordinary, but extraordinary, selves to others.

Worship this week:  Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  Dorcas/Tabitha

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,  John 14:7-10  Jesus shows us the Father

Monday, John 14:11-14  Jesus’ followers share his power

Tuesday,  Psalm  22:26-31  God’s compassion for the least

Wednesday, Acts 9:36 Tabitha/Dorcas the disciple

Thursday, Acts 9:37-38 Dorcas Dies/Peter summoned

Friday, Acts 9:39 Peter arrives/people share Dorcas’ gifts

Saturday, Acts 9:40-43 Raising of Dorcas

 TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ — Acts 9:39-40

 

Dorcas was beloved in her community for her service to others.  Peter, by the power of God’s Spirit, calls her back to life.

 

  • Who are those you’ve known who have impacted a whole community?
  • Do those people realize how they have impacted others?
  • Do we dare act in faith that God’s Spirit will work through us?

 

PRAY:  Holy God, thank you for the saints whose lives impact so many.  Help us to act boldly, trusting your Spirit’s power.   In Jesus’ name Amen.

 BLESS:  May you hear the Spirit’s call to life.  Amen.

Important gifts to share — this week at ELC

church ladies

It was often women who served as the supporters of the early ministry, and we need to acknowledge the diversity of unexpected leaders throughout our history and in the
church today.

Worship this week –  No Saturday worship due to installation of Bishop Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld.

Sunday worship with Holy Communion

8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

10:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:   Rhoda/ Joanna /Lydia

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 12:13-14  Rhoda, the maid

Monday, Luke 8:1-3  The women who provided for the disciples

Tuesday, Romans 16:6-16 The many who assisted Paul

Wednesday, Acts 16:13-14  Lydia hears Paul’s witness

Thursday, Acts 16:15 Lydia invites Paul to stay

Friday, Acts 16:35-37 Paul in Jail

Saturday, Acts 16:38-40 Paul released to Lydia’s home

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

14A certain woman named Lydia, a worshipper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.                                      Acts 16:14

 Lydia, Rhoda, and Joanna are but three of the many women who aided the ministry of the apostles in the early years of the church, and each in their own way played a vital role in advancing the gospel.

  •  Do we recognize the importance of the ‘everyday’ gifts for ministry — feeding, hospitality, serving?
  • Have you acknowledged those gifts in others?
  • Where do you share your gifts for ministry?

 PRAY:  Gracious God, thank you for the many gifts of ministry, help us to value all gifts, and use our gifts for your ministry.   Amen.

BLESS:  May God bless you in your sharing in this ministry. Amen.