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

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July 12, 2020 Worship Service

6th SUNDAY after Pentecost

July 12, 2020

God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. As we are fed with God’s word, we are able to bear fruit in the world.

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

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Monthly News / July & August 2020

These dates may be subject to change/cancellation due to the Corona Virus.  We will keep you posted if further changes are necessary.  Information can be found on our website – gracebroomall.org, Facebook, and the church answering machine. 

During the months of July and August Worship services will be led remotely via Zoom.   We have also canceled the altar flowers for July and August.

July 1, – August 2, 2020 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 1st through August 2nd for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year. See attached list of items needed to fill backpacks.  Thrivent will provide the backpacks.  Since we are not worshiping at Grace right now due to the Corona Virus we have put the box for collecting school supplies next to the door that faces Mather Avenue right at the bottom of the steps.  During July that door will be unlocked on every Wednesday morning from 9 – 12 noon for anyone who wants to drop off school supplies to do so.  If you need to come at a different time please call the church office at 610-356-1824 and we will make arrangements for you to bring your school supplies.  Monetary gifts are also welcome.  Please make your check out to Grace Lutheran Church and mark School Supplies on the memo line and mail your check to the church office.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 – We will be feeding the hungry.  Due to the Corona Virus Keith Jones will contact the regular volunteers the Sunday before July 8 to let you know what we are doing and how.

Monday July 13, 2020 – There will be a Council Meeting via Zoom which will begin at 7:00 pm.  Marie Kneizys will send out an invitation to Council members.

Sunday, July 19, 2020 – We will be having a very important Congregational Voters Meeting via Zoom following the worship service that morning at 11:15am.  Please plan to attend this important meeting.  Marie Kneizys will be sending out the Zoom invitation for you to join the meeting.  If you don’t have a computer you can use the phone number provided in the Zoom invitation and put in the ID number which will also be provided in the invitation and join by phone.

Planning Ahead

Monday, September 7, 2020 – Labor Day!

June 28, 2020 Worship Service

4th SUNDAY after Pentecost

June 28, 2020

The role of a prophet is to point to the Almighty God, and proclaim God’s will for the world.  In Jeremiah we hear that one knows the words of a prophet are true if they come to pass.  In the Gospel, Jesus says to the disciples that they are prophets as they take God’s word to the people, and a blessing occurs when they are received as messengers of God.  In Romans, Paul states that the goal of a person of faith is to proclaim God in both word and deed, not yoking oneself to sin, but following the example of God’s grace and mercy in Jesus Christ.  Following the sinful path of the world leads to death, but following the living Word of God lead to salvation and eternal life.

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

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June 21, 2020 Worship Service

3rd SUNDAY after Pentecost

June 21, 2020

God hears the cry of people in every time and every place.  In Genesis, God hears the cry of Hagar, and blesses her son Ishmael.  In Romans, Paul reminds us that we will be joined in a resurrection like Jesus, as we have been united with him in his death.  In the Gospel Jesus reminds us not even sparrows fall to the ground apart from God’s knowledge, and we are of much more value than sparrows.  Living together as children of God through our baptism into Christ, we live and love with confidence and hope.

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

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  

Amen.

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June 14, 2020 Worship Service

2nd SUNDAY after Pentecost

June 14, 2020

Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. From this worship service we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick, and to share our bread with the hungry.

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

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June 7, 2020 Worship Service

The following Service of the Word is offered for use by synods and congregations who assemble around the recorded sermon from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton June 7th, 2020.

HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY

June 7, 2020

Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

GATHERING                  

The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God

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Monthly News / June 2020

Sunday, June 14, 2020 – Our Annual Church Picnic is canceled due to the Corona Virus pandemic.

Sunday, June 14, 2020 – There will be a Zoom Council Meeting at 11:15am after the Zoom worship service. 

Sunday, June 21, 2020 – Happy Father’s Day!

JULY, AUGUST & LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2020 – SUMMER REFRESHMENTS!

There is a signup sheet in the Narthex to sign up to provide Summer Refreshments.  The paper products will be provided. You will need ice tea, lemonade and light snacks.  Please sign up for a Sunday or two during the summer months. If we have to cancel summer refreshments due to the Corona Virus we will contact those who have signed up. Thank you!        

Looking Ahead to July & August

Sunday, July 1, – August 2, 2020 – We will be collecting school supplies in conjunction with Thrivent Financial from July 1st through August 2nd for local school children in need of a little help to start the school year. There is a list of items needed to fill backpacks includes in this newsletter.  Thrivent will provide the backpacks.  Or if you prefer monetary gifts are also accepted.  Please make your check payable to Grace Lutheran Church and mark School Supplies on the memo line.  Thank you for your support.

May 31, 2020 Worship Service

THE FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST THE SENDING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

May 31, 2020

Pentecost derives its name from the Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and the giving of the law on Mount Sinai fifty days after Passover. Fifty days after Easter, we celebrate the Holy Spirit as God’s presence within and among us. In Acts the Spirit arrives in rushing wind and flame, bringing God’s presence to all people. Paul reminds us that though we each have different capacities, we are unified in the Spirit that equips us with these gifts. Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit on his disciples, empowering them to forgive sin. We celebrate that we too are given the breath of the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim God’s redeeming love to all the world.

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May 24, 2020 Worship Service

CELEBRATION OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

Seventh Sunday of Easter

May 24, 2020

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.

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