Camp Sunday – this week at ELC

Camp SundaySummer will be here before we know it.  We look forward this week to welcoming Rev. Jeff Barrow from Sugar Creek Bible Camp to share a gospel message, and a word about the great things that happen in the lives of our young people at Sugar Creek. 

Worship this week with Holy Communion:

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

Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m.  Education hour

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:  

LABORERS IN THE VINEYARD

 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, Psalm 16:5-8, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 16:1-12, Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday, Matthew 16:13-23, Jesus Foretells His Death

Thursday, Matthew 17:9-27, Teachings of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 18:10-14, Parables of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 19:1-30, Teachings of Jesus

 (Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK:  “Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the

               same as I give to you.”    (Matthew 20:14)

We hear a simple tale about a just employer paying honest wages to his workers. How could such a thing cause such outrage? One might ask the same of God’s kingdom.

  • Where are wages just and where are they unjust within your community? What would happen if Jesus’ idea of abundant generosity was played out in your community?
  • What difference does it make to your life that you have been given abundant, unearned, generous love from God?
  • For the littles: What does it feel like to get more than you were expecting? God is a generous giver—God gives us much more than we expect!

PRAY: O Lord, you are merciful, just, and gracious. Make us grateful recipients of your generosity and joyful dispensers of the same lavish benefits to those who depend upon us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS: May God surprise you with more. Amen.

 

“How often should I forgive?” This week at ELC

forgive

Jesus calls on his followers to forgive, as they have been forgiven, that is, graciously and generously.

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 and fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Devotions for this week:    FORGIVENESS

 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, Psalm 32:1-2, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 14:1-12, Death of John the Baptist

Wednesday, Matthew 14:34-15:9, Teachings of Jesus

Thursday, Matthew 15:10-20, Teachings of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 15:21-28, Teachings of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 15:29-39, Teachings of Jesus

 (Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK:   Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven  

                 times.” (Matthew 18:22)

We owe God a considerable debt, yet all has been forgiven us. How much more ought we to pardon our brothers and sisters for their relatively minor sins against us?

  • In our litigating society, how does culture view justice? How does it view forgiveness? What might happen if people practiced forgiveness over blame and the need for restitution?
  • Who stands in need of your forgiveness? What would it take to make you ready to forgive?
  • For the littles: Have you ever told someone, “I forgive you”? What did it feel like? Jesus is happy when we forgive.

PRAY: God, you have forgiven us a world of transgressions. Make us likewise gracious to those who are in debt to us, showing them the mercy which you offer to all. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESS: May God grant you strength to forgive. Amen.

Transfiguration – This week at ELC

Transfiguration

A vision of glory sets the stage for the difficult days ahead.  How does our experience of Jesus carry us through our difficult days?

Worship with Holy Communion this week:

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

Sunday at 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:  TRANSFIGURATION

 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, Psalm 41:7-10, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 13:47-53, Parables of Jesus

Wednesday, Matthew 18:1-9, Who Is the Greatest?

Thursday, Psalm 146:7c-10, Psalm

Friday, Psalm 51:1-3, Psalm

Saturday, Matthew 13:54-58, Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

(Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK: And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun,

               and his clothes became dazzling white.   (Matthew 17:2)

Three of the disciples find themselves atop a mountain with Jesus and two dead prophets in a blaze of light. Under such circumstances, can we really blame Peter for speaking nonsense?

  • What events have occurred in your community that have changed the course of your community’s future? How have the transformational events transformed you?
  • What does it mean to you when Jesus says, “Deny [yourself], and take up your cross and follow me”? In what ways have you taken up a cross? In what ways have you denied yourself?
  • For the littles: What does it mean when a person glows bright like the sun? Jesus glowed like that!

PRAY: O God of the ages, you give us your only son and ask only that we listen to him. Help us to see you throughout our highs and lows, and to find courage in having you by our side. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

BLESS: May God transform your heart and mind to be of like heart and mind with God. Amen.

Feeding of the 5000 — This week at ELC

Feeding 5000

Jesus fills the needs of the crowd not only for food, but for their need for hope.  Will we listen to that voice of hope today?

Worship this week:  Saturday at 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:   FEEDING THE 5000

 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, Psalm 95:1-5, Psalm

Tuesday, Matthew 12:9-21, Teachings of Jesus

Wednesday, Matthew 12:22-32, Teachings of Jesus

Thursday, Matthew 12:33-45, Teachings of Jesus

Friday, Matthew 12:46-50, Teachings of Jesus

Saturday, Matthew 13:1-23, Parables of Jesus

(Go to clergystuff.com/daily-devotions for devotions on the daily readings.)

TALK: Consider some of these ideas: Taking the five loaves and the two  

      fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave

     them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

                                                                                                      (Matthew 14:19)

Crowds throng to see, hear and experience the great teacher/healer. But Jesus resists the impulse to keep the spotlight on himself. If anyone would follow him, they must learn the strength of their own faith, love, and generosity.

  • Who are the miracle workers and healers in your community? How are they recognized? How are they rewarded? What is God’s role in healing and the working of modern miracles?
  • How much authority has God given you that you are reluctant to claim? What might you accomplish if you accept responsibility for the gifts God has given you?
  • For the littles: What would you serve for dinner if you had very important guests coming?

PRAY: O Lord, you feed us on the riches of your kingdom, then invite us to feed others in kind. Spread the impulse of your generosity far and wide, that this world may see a revival of your original vision for creation. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

BLESS: May God fill your belly with food and your heart with love. Amen.