Who is at the center of our faith? This week at ELC

temple

Jesus found that God’s people had lost sight of what was central to the faith.  Are we being faithful, or is our practice cluttered with things that don’t belong?

Worship with Holy Communion this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. – Sunday School,  Adult Bible Study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:

Jesus Cleanses the Temple, John 2:13-25   January 21, 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

Sunday, John 2:13-25, Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Monday, Psalm 127:1-2, God’s Blessing in the Home

Tuesday, Psalm 127:3-5, God’s Blessing in the Home

Wednesday, Psalm 128:1-2, The Happy Home of the Faithful

Thursday, Psalm 128:3-4, The Happy Home of the Faithful

Friday, Psalm 128: 5-6, The Happy Home of the Faithful

Saturday, Psalm 129:1-8, Prayer for the Downfall of Israel’s Enemies

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. (John 2:14-15)

Cattle, sheep, doves—all for sale. Just another day at the temple. But today, money changers had better be on their guard. Jesus is in town and he’s not pleased with what has become of his Father’s house.

  • What questionable behaviors or customs does your community practice that are so embedded in your community, they have not been examined for a long time?
  • How could you begin to effect change?
  • Clean your house. Get rid of things that are bogging you down. Lighten your load. Simplify.

PRAY: Merciful Lord, you are at once full of mercy and righteousness. Rouse us from complaisance and light your fire within us again, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

BLESS:  May God shake up your status quo. Amen.

 

The first of his signs — this week at ELC

wine glass

When Jesus is present, there is not only enough, but plenty of the very best. How often do we live in fear of scarcity, when God is present in both our times of trial and celebration?

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

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m.  Sunday School, Adult Bible Study, Fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:

Wedding at Cana, John 2:1-11  — January 14, 2018

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 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, John 2:1-11, Wedding at Cana

Monday, John 2:12, Jesus Goes to Capernaum

Tuesday, Psalm 104:1-9, God the Creator and Provider

Wednesday, Psalm 104:10-23, God the Creator and Provider

Thursday, Psalm 104:24-26, God the Creator and Provider

Friday, Psalm 104:27-30, God the Creator and Provider

Saturday, Psalm 104:31-35, God the Creator and Provider

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him. (John 2:11)

Jesus and those close to him find themselves at a wedding where the hosts are soon to be disgraced by a shortage of wine. But surely this matter is too trifling for the attention of the great teacher? Don’t be so certain.

  • Tell of a time you were challenged to act before you were ready. Did you act anyway? How did it go?
  • Wonder: Did Jesus have fun at the wedding? Did he dance? Did he laugh?
  • Celebrate your nearest milestone with cake. If you don’t have one coming up, celebrate anyway!

PRAY: God of celebration, you are our hope when disaster seems imminent. Give us the calm confidence which your own mother showed, knowing that things are safe in your hands. Amen.

BLESS:  May God bless all your milestones. Amen.

Come and see… — this week at ELC

Come and see

Rather than try to argue or convince, Jesus invites these new disciples to come and see.   He invites them into a community of learning and serving, and let’s the power of the experience transform them, and overcome their preconceived notions.

Worship with Holy Communion this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m.  – Sunday School, Adult Bible Study and fellowship

10:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship

Devotions for this week:

Come and See (Baptism of Our Lord), John 1:35-51
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 1:35-51, Jesus Says Come and See

Monday, Psalm 66:1-5, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Tuesday, Psalm 66:6-7, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Wednesday, Psalm 66:8-12, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Thursday, Psalm 66:13-15, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Friday, Psalm 66:16-19, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

Saturday, Psalm 66:20, Praise for God’s Goodness to Israel

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” (John 1:38-39)

 John’s proclamation begins to take hold as Jesus attracts his first followers. They are already impressed by what they see in their new leader, but they couldn’t possibly be prepared for what is to come.

  • In what ways, do you abide with Jesus? How do you emulate him?
  • How much time do you spend with Jesus throughout the week?
  • Why did people leave everything to follow Jesus? What would I be willing to leave to follow? What would be hard to leave?

PRAY:  Holy Lord, your word is compelling and your authority apparent. Draw us to yourself, and lead us forth in faith, to follow in your servant footsteps. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

BLESS:   May God abide with you, day in and day out. Amen.

Christmas carol worship – this week at ELC

Xmas carolsJoin us for a special worship time at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday as we gather to sing the carols of the season to close the year!

Devotions for this week:  

A new beginning

December 31,  2017

 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 1:19-34, A Voice in the Wilderness

Monday, Psalm 32:1-2, The Joy of Forgiveness

Tuesday, Psalm 32:3-4, The Joy of Forgiveness

Wednesday, Psalm 32:5, The Joy of Forgiveness

Thursday, Psalm 32:6-7, The Joy of Forgiveness

Friday, Psalm 32:8-9, The Joy of Forgiveness

Saturday, Psalm 32:10-11, The Joy of Forgiveness

TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’” as the prophet Isaiah said. (John 1:23)

  • Who is this Messiah, this long-awaited whom John is proclaiming to anyone who will listen? Who is this one who baptizes, not with water but with the Holy Spirit? Who is it? (Hint: it’s not John.)
  • There are so many competing voices in our world. In what ways do celebrities (entertainers, sports figures, politicians, etc.) compete to be heard? How does their contenting affect the rest of us? How do you know whose voice to listen to?
  • Wonder: What was it like to live as a prophet in Jesus’ day? If you were a prophet today, what would you eat? What would you wear? How would you make your voice heard?

 PRAY: God who calls us, your servant John cries out in witness to Christ. May our lives also point to and proclaim the One who has delivered us and claimed us as his own. In the name of that same Jesus, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God be the loudest voice in your head. Amen.