September 6, 2020 Worship Service

14th SUNDAY after Pentecost

September 6, 2020

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today’s gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


Monthly News / September 2020

September 2020Dates for communion.  We will be having communion every other Sunday for September and October starting with 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, and 10/25.  After that we will reevaluate and we might go back to the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays as well as festival Sundays.  As we move forward we will let you know what works best to keep everyone safe during this very different time.

Portals of Prayer – We still have many copies of July – September Portals of Prayer and we now have Portals of Prayer for October through December available too.  When we are back at church for worship on Sunday, September 13 please pick up a copy for yourself and one for a friend.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – Vicar Kayla Sadowy joins Grace Lutheran Church!

Sunday, September 6, 2020 – We will start September with a Zoom Worship Service.

Monday, September 7, 2020 – Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Marie Kneizys will send out the invitation for the meeting.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – We will be feeding the hungry.  Keith Jones will be contacting the usual volunteers if help is required. Also, Altar Guild will meet at 10:00a.m to get the sanctuary ready for worship. 

Bible Study led by Pastor Richard will begin again around 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 9th. Pastor will be calling those who usually attend.

Sunday, September 13, 2020Rally Day! It is also our first Sunday back at Grace for worship!  Please join us for a service with Holy Communion.  After the service there will be a meet and greet with Vicar Kayla Sadowy in the chancel and we will be practicing social distancing.  Please wear a mask and enter through the church’s front doors by 10:00am.

This is also God’s Work or Hands Sunday.  We will be collecting small goodie bags for the children at Martin Luther Silver Springs School now called Gemma Services. This year we will pre-filled snack bags and/or sandwich bags at home with small fun size candy, small snack packages of pretzels, fruit snacks, animal crackers, crackers, small note books, small crayon packs, card games, stickers, etc. Try to avoid items/toys with strings longer than a few inches and small parts or sharp items.  We will have a box for you to place them in the Narthex.

Planning Ahead

Sunday, October 11, 2020 – This will be Pastor Richard’s las Sunday with us at Grace.  Please join us for Holy Communion and to wish Pastor Richard God’s blessings in all she does.

Monday, October 12, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm – The Delaware Conference Annual Assembly is scheduled to take place at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Springfield. The Conference Executive Committee is currently reviewing plans for this event which include an outdoor version of this Assembly, or virtual if needed. Whichever venue is chosen, the date remains October 12.  We will keep you posted as we make our decision in these next few weeks. 

It is extremely important that, in addition to rostered leaders, two (or three, according to the number you send to Assembly) members from each congregation attend this meeting as you will be electing a new Conference Dean as well as conducting other important business. Bishop Davenport will be in attendance to oversee the election. Further information, including eligibility and process for electing a Dean, will be sent soon.

August 30, 2020 Worship Service

13th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 30, 2020

The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the incurable wound of his suffering yet finds in God’s words the delight of his heart. When Peter doesn’t grasp Jesus’ words about suffering, Jesus tells the disciples they will find their lives in losing them. Such sacrificial love is described by Paul when he urges us to associate with the lowly and not repay evil with evil. In worship we gather as a community that we might offer ourselves for the sake of our suffering world.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


August 23, 2020 Worship Service

12th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 23, 2020

In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From this service we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


August 16, 2020 Worship Service

11th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 16, 2020

In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering in the presence of Jesus we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


August 9, 2020 Worship Service

10th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 9, 2020

Elijah finds the presence of God not in earthquake, wind, or fire, but in the sound of sheer silence. When the disciples face a great storm on the sea, they cry out with fear. Jesus says: “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Amid the storms of life, we gather to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. In comforting words of scripture and in the movement of the Holy Spirit, God grants us peace and sends us forth to be a sign of God’s presence to others.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


Worship Service August 2, 2020

9th SUNDAY after Pentecost

August 2, 2020

In today’s first reading God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost. Jesus feeds the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. As we have been fed by the word of the Lord, so are we sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


July 26, 2020 Worship Service

8th SUNDAY after Pentecost

July 26, 2020

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

GATHERING          The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God


July 19, 2020 Worship Service

7th SUNDAY after Pentecost

July 19, 2020

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from this worship service we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.

GATHERING                   The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God