Monthly News / April 2021

April & May 2021 – During April and May we will be collecting for Autism.  If you would like to contribute, please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and on the memo line please put Autism. Offering envelopes are provided for you if you prefer on the table in the Narthex.

Thursday, April 1, 2021 – Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion will be at 7:00pm in conjunction with Temple Lutheran and Vicar Kayla will be preaching.  This service will be in person and on Zoom.  Temple also has a service online on Temple’s YouTube channel.

Friday, April 2, 2021 – Good Friday service will be at 7:00pm and Pastor Tim Johansen will be preaching.  This service will be in person.  Temple will have a Tenebrae service on their YouTube channel.  Zoom will not be possible due to the darkening of lights this service.

Sunday, April 4, 2021Easter Sunday service is at 10:00am.  We will have coffee and donuts at 9am.  Weather permitting this service will be outside in our parking lot.  Thank you to those who have ordered Easter plants for this service.  You may pick your plant(s) up after the service.

Wednesdays in April 2021 – Each Wednesday evening (4/7, 4/14, 4/21 & 4/28) at 7:00pm please join us for a Pray vespers for 20 to 30 minutes on Zoom in conjunction with Temple Lutheran Church. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – we will be hosting another all-day blood drive from 9:00am – 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please sign up at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.

Sunday, April 11, 2021 – There will be a Council Meeting immediately following worship.  Please let Ruth know if you cannot attend.

Monday, April 12, 2021 – There will be an Internship Committee Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – There will be a Guiding Coalition Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 – Please join us for Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall or via Zoom at 1:00pm..  We will be looking at all versions of the Resurrection.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let Vicar Kayla know.

Planning Ahead

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 we will be having another Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fellowship Hall from 8:00am to 6pm.  Please sign up at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767 to sign up.  Please mark your calendar and save the date.

Monthly News / March 2021

March 2021 – The Altar Guild will be taking orders for Easter Lilies and/or Tulips. Plants are $10 each. Please fill out both sides of an order form and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate by March 22nd with your check made payable to Grace Lutheran Altar Guild. Plants can be picked up after the Easter morning worship service.  Thank you for helping to beautify our church this Easter!

Wednesdays in March – We will be having Mid-week Lenten Bible Studies on 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24 at 1:00 in the Fellowship Hall.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let the church office know and you will receive a Zoom invitation.

Also, on Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm we will have Evening Pray with Temple Lutheran for 20 – 30 minutes.   Zoom invitations will go out each week.

Monday, March 8, 2021 – The Internship Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet via Zoon at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – we will be feeding the hungry. Keith Jones will be contacting volunteers to help.

Sunday, March 14 2021Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 13.

Also on March 14th there will be a Council Meeting immediately following the worship service at 11 via Zoom.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 – First Day of Spring

Sunday, March 28, 2021 – Palm Sunday is March 28 this year.  This starts Holy Week.

Holy Week Schedule of Services

Maundy Thursday on April 1, at 7:00pm

Good Friday on April 2, at 7:00pm

Easter Sunday, April 4, at 10:00 am.

Ash Wednesday Worship Bulletin

FEBRUARY 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday 7:00pm

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PREDLUDE

Stand

Gathering

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

A reading from Psalm.

Psalm: Psalm 51:1-17

1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your | steadfast love;
  in your great compassion blot out | my offenses.
2Wash me through and through | from my wickedness,
  and cleanse me | from my sin.
3For I know | my offenses,
  and my sin is ev- | er before me.
4Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil | in your sight;
  so you are justified when you speak and right | in your judgment. 
5Indeed, I was born | steeped in wickedness,
  a sinner from my | mother’s womb.
6Indeed, you delight in truth | deep within me,
  and would have me know wisdom | deep within.
7Remove my sins with hyssop, and I | shall be clean;
  wash me, and I shall be pur- | er than snow.
8Let me hear | joy and gladness;
  that the body you have broken | may rejoice. 
9Hide your face | from my sins,
  and blot out | all my wickedness.
10Create in me a clean | heart, O God,
  and renew a right spir- | it within me.
11Cast me not away | from your presence,
  and take not your Holy Spir- | it from me.
12Restore to me the joy of | your salvation
  and sustain me with your boun- | tiful Spirit. 
13Let me teach your ways | to offenders,
  and sinners shall be re- | stored to you.
14Rescue me from bloodshed, O God of | my salvation,
  and my tongue shall sing | of your righteousness.
15O Lord, o- | pen my lips,
  and my mouth shall pro- | claim your praise.
16For you take no delight in sacrifice, or | I would give it.
  You are not pleased | with burnt offering.
17The sacrifice of God is a | troubled spirit;
  a troubled and broken heart, O God, you will | not despise. 

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Monthly News / February 2021

FEBRUARY 2021 – We will be collecting personal items for the homeless women & men at the Life Center again this year.  We will be filing a box with personal items so just bring your bag from the store and place them in the box in the Narthex by Sunday, February 16th.  Items needed:  Soap, shampoos, conditioners, brushes, combs, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, tooth brushes, tooth paste, mouth wash, feminine items, etc.   If you are able to include new socks they can always use men’s and women’s new socks too.  If you need someone to pick up your items and bring them to church please call the church office at 610-356-1824 and we will make arrangements.

Lent in a Bag!

In collaboration with Temple Lutheran Church, each household will be receiving Lent in a Bag!, an at home kit filled with items to cultivate a richer prayer life along the Lenten journey and useful aides for at-home worship and sacred time. Thank you to all who have been helping from both congregations! If you would like to arrange pick-up at the church, please do so with Vicar Kayla before February 16th, to ensure you will have your bag for Ash Wednesday. Otherwise, delivery arrangements will be made.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – We will be having an all-day Red Cross Blood Drive from 8am to 6pm.  If you sign up to donate you will receive a $5 Amazon gift card via email.  Please help spread the word.

Monday, February 8, 2021 – The Internship Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Sunday, February 14, 2021Council meeting will take place at 11:00 via Zoom.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – We will have Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm.  A Zoom invitation will be sent out.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – We will be starting a Weekly Lenten Bible Study at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall downstairs.  The mid-week Lenten Bible Study will be 5 weeks running through March 24th.  If you wish to join via Zoom please let the church office know and we will sent you a Zoom invitation.

Monthly News / January 2021

January 2021 – Happy New Year!

Starting in January we will be collecting toiletries and new socks for the homeless.  There will be a box in the Narthex to put everything in.  As we have done in the past these socks and toiletries will be delivered to the Life Center on the week of February 7.  Please have everything in by Sunday, February 7.  If you are not in church on Sunday you can drop off your items Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 – noon during office hours.  Thank you.

Sunday, January 3, 2021 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately after the worship service.  Please plan to stay and help. 

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – We will have our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom. Please stay after church or on Zoom for this important meeting.

Monday, January 11, 2021 – The Internship Committee will be meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – the Guiding Coalition Committee will be meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – We will be feeding the hungry. Keith Jones will be contacting volunteers to help prepare food and take it to the shelter.

Also on Wednesday evenings we will have Evening Prayers at 7pm. starting on January 13 via Zoom.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – Please join us at 10:30a.m. for Bible Study in the Fellowship Hall downstairs or let Vicar Kayla know if you want to join through Zoom.  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King is often considered one of the most prominent theologians of the 20th century. On April 3, 1968, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of his most iconic and eerily prophetic speeches, I have been to the mountaintop… This would turn out to be his last speech, as he was assassinated the next day. During this Bible Study, we will look at the many Biblical references Rev. King utilizes in this speech and what we might understand from these applications of scripture. To look over the materials in advance such as the Bible passages and text or video of the speech, please contact Vicar Kayla

Planning Ahead

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 – we will have an all-day Red Cross Blood Drive from 8 am – 6 pm.

Sunday, February 7, 2021 – This is the last day to bring in your new socks and toiletries for the homeless.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – We will have Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00pm.

Monthly News / December 2020

As of Sunday December 13 we are once again having worship services via Zoom instead of in person. If you would like to join us please call the church office at 610-356-1824 or email Vicar Kayla Sadowy at gracebroomall@gmail.com and leave a message so you can contact you and send you the Zoom invitation.

Advent Bible Study – Vicar Kayla will be having Advent Bible Study each Wednesday in Advent at 1pm.  The dates are December 2, 9, 16, 23.  Each will be via Zoom.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Orders for Poinsettia Plants for Christmas are due on Sunday, December 6th.  Please call the church office 610-356-1824 if you wish to order plants but have not yet filled out and returned your order form or place it in the offering plate by December 6th.

Monday, December 7, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please Plan to attend.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – We will be decorating the church for Christmas.  Please stay after the worship service and help to decorate our church. 

Monday, December 14, 2020 – The Internship Committee will meet at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – The Guiding Coalition Committee will meet at 7:00pm via Zoom.

Tuesday, December 24, 2020 – We will have one Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship Services via Zoom at 7:00p.m. with special music and prelude starting at 6:45.  A Zoom invitation will go out to members prior to the service. If you wish to join us and you are not a member please call the church office at 610-356-1824 or contact Vicar Kayla Sadowy at gracebroomall@gmail.com.

Planning Ahead – January 2021

Sunday, January 3, 2021 – We will be un-decorating the church immediately following the worship service. Please plan to stay and help

Sunday, January 10, 2021 – Our Annual Congregational Voters Meeting will take place immediately following the worship service in person and via Zoom.  Please plan to attend this very important meeting.

Monthly News / November 2020

Saturday, October 31, 2020 – Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00a.m. on Sunday November 1st.

November 2020 – The New Flower Chart for 2021 is now up and waiting for you to pick your dates to dedicate Altar Flowers.  The cost is still $25 per week.  Dedication forms are also there for you to take, mark the dates you have selected, fill out your dedication and return to the church office so that the information gets into the bulletin.

As in the past, we are collecting unwrapped gifts for the children of Gemma (formerly Silver Springs Martin Luther School).  In the Narthex is a Wish List for the children to make it easier for you to shop and there is a box in the Narthex to fill.  If you are not able to shop but would like to help please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark it on the memo line for Silver Springs..  If you want to purchase gift cards they would like them in $25 increments or less.  The best gift cards to purchase are Amazon, Walmart, Target, Marshall’s as well as grocery store gift cards – Giant, Acme, etc.  Because they also provide gifts for children who don’t live at the school they use the grocery store gift cards so they can be sure the family will have food for Christmas dinner.  All gifts should be in by Sunday, November 22th.

Sunday, November 1st – December 6, 2020 – You can order Poinsettia Plants to beautify our altar for Christmas. Please fill out an order form or call the church office with your order for red or white poinsettias and how many of each.  Then fill out your dedication(s) and make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Altar Guild. You can place this in the offering plate or return it to the church office. Plants are $10 each.  Orders for Poinsettia Plants will be due no later than Sunday, December 6th.  Plants can be picked up after the Christmas Eve service.

Monday, November 2, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom at 7:00pm.  Please let Keith know if you cannot attend.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – POST ELECTION PRAYER SERICE – Remembering that we are all members of the Body of Christ, we will be coming together for a prayer service for healing and unity at 12:00 pm. This service will be open to the community. Masks are required.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 – We will be preparing food to feed the hungry in the morning around 9:30 and then taking it to the shelter and meeting at church around 6:15p.m.  Keith Jones will notify you if he needs help.

Also on Wednesday, November 11th there will be Bible Study at 10:30am in the undercroft.  Please join us and bring a friend.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – We will once again be having a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1:00 – 6:00pm.  If you are able to donate please let us know what time is good for you.  With so many colleges and schools closed due to Covid-19 many blood drives in the area have been cancelled so please sign up early.  Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to come out and help support the Blood Drive!  This is a time of year when donations of blood are needed!  There is a signup sheet in the Narthex if you want to help by donating blood or call the church office at 610-356-1824 and leave a message with the time you are available and we will return you call.  You can also go to RedCrossBlood.org and enter: GLCBroomall to schedule an appointment.  The Red Cross volunteers can only do 4 donors at a time so please be flexible.

Saturday, November 28, 2020 – The Altar Guild will me meeting at 10:00 a.m. to prepare the church for Advent.  Anyone interested in helping please come and join us.

Planning Ahead

Sunday, December 6, 2020 – Please have all poinsettia orders in to the church office by December 6.  Thank you!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – Red Cross Blood Drive at Grace from 1:00 to 6:00.  This will be our 3rd blood drive in as many months in order to help the Red Cross collect much needed blood.  If you are able, and have not given blood in the past 56 days please sign up  online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor keyword: GLCBroomall or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Sunday, December 13, 2020 – We will have a service of lessons and carols.  December 13 – Though a choir and singing will not be possible, with the help of violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, we will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a service of Lessons and Carols.  Readings which tell the story of the Creation, prophetic promises, and Gabriel’s visit to Mary coupled with music of the Season will help accentuate the anticipation of Christmas.

Also on December 13 we will be decorating the church for Christmas immediately following the worship service.  Please plan on staying and helping with the decorating.  If possible we will also have a pizza lunch.  There will be a signup sheet in the Narthex so we know who will stay for pizza.

Thursday, December 24, 2020 – We will have our Christmas Eve Candlelight service with Holy Communion starting at 7:00pm December 24 – Soprano Megnot Toggia, violinist Michael Shingo Crawford, and cellist Steve Kramer will offer German, French, and English carols.  Organist John Ervin will offer French and German Baroque Christmas music.  Congregational singing may be absent, but hearing traditional carols as well as other Christmas music should bring the joy of the Season to everyone.

Monthly News / October 2020

October 1 through Sunday, November 22th – We will begin collecting gift card, money and gifts for the children of Gemma (formerly Silver Springs Martin Luther School) for Christmas on October 1st. There will be a box in the Narthex for the toys/gifts/gift cards and the Wish List for the children including stocking stuffers will be available then too.  All gifts must be in by Sunday, November 22th.  If you purchase gifts nothing can be wrapped but if you wish to donate wrapping paper and tape they also will be greatly appreciated.  The children can also use their own personal toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, etc. all appropriate for girls and for boys. If you would like to donate money please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark Silver Springs on the memo line.  If you want to purchase gift cards they would like them in $25 increments or less.  The best gift cards to purchase are Amazon, Walmart, Target, Marshall’s as well as grocery store gift cards – Giant, Acme, etc.  Because they also provide gifts for children who don’t live at the school they use the grocery store gift cards so they can be sure the family will have food for Christmas dinner.

Sunday, October 4, 2020 – Violinist Michael Shingo Crawford will be with us to play during the worship service.  Please plan on joining us.

Also on October 4th – Bring in a photo of your pet, a packet of seeds or a small plant to be blessed.  St. Francis of Assissi committed his life to Christ in many ways, most notably his care for creation.  Please join us for the Feast of St. Francis on October 4.

Monday, October 5, 2020All Council Members please plan to attend the October Zoom Council Meeting at 7:00pm. Marie will send out the Zoom invitation for this meeting.

Also on October 5, 2020 there will be an Internship Committee Meeting via Zoom at 6:00pm.  A Zoom invitation will be sent out by Vicar Kayla Sadowy.

Monday, October 12, 2020 – Our annual Conference Assembly will be taking place on the evening of Monday, October 12 from 6:30-8:30 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 400 Lynbrooke Road, Springfield, PA 19064. This will be a virtual meeting.

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.

Thank you to Keith Jones and Ruth Moyse for agreeing to attend this meeting.  If you are interested in attending via Zoom please let Pastor Leslie or Vicar Kayla know.

Wednesday, October 13, 2020 Grace will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  Please sign up to donate blood and save lives.  You can go online at RedCrossBlood.org and use sponsor keyword: GLCBroomall or call 1-800-RED CROSS.  If you are not available for this blood drive we will be hosting a second blood drive on Tuesday, November 24 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm.  There will also be a signup sheet on the table in the Narthex.  Thank you for your support.

On October 14 there will be Bible Study led by Vicar Kayla & Pastor Leslie the undercroft downstairs.  Please feel free to bring a friend.  We start around 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 – There will be an Altar Guild Meeting immediately following the worship service in the undercroft downstairs.

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

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