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Prayers of Intersession 11/19/17

Welcoming God’s reign of righteousness and mercy, let us pray with people of every time and place. (A brief silence.) We pray for the church. Enliven its witness in ecumenical ministries, feeding programs, and new ventures. Open our hearts to friendships that share faith, and open our mouths to share your good news. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for parks and open spaces, for clean air and clear water. Help us protect places where we are reminded of God’s work in creation and find renewal. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for those who have been and are still today enslaved, trafficked, or oppressed. Make clear the needs of those who are silenced by suffering, that we may listen and bring an end to exploitation. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for those who cry out for healing, hope, or help, and for those for whom we have promised to pray. We pray for Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Richard, Dean, Matthew, Kim, Al, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Janice and Dan. We also pray for those who we say out loud or in the silence of our hearts. (PAUSE). Bring relief to caregivers and surround those who are lonely with your powerful presence. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Lord, our dwelling place in all generations, we remember with thanksgiving all who have died in you especially Sara Firchau. Teach us to count our days as gifts from you. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

We pray for this congregation and the talents and treasures each person brings. Bring new talents to blossom among us, as we encourage and build up one another. We pray for Operation Christmas Child. May the boxes we collect bring hope and wellness to the receiving communities. We pray for the Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May our directives provide for the mission and vision you desire for us. We pray for those who pick up where the disaster of Hurricanes and fires have left.  We give thanks for the past 500 years of reformation. May the next 500 continue to reform the church into a better resemblance of your kingdom. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Receive these prayers and the hopes and concerns of our hearts, O God, as we entrust into your loving care all for whom we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

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Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Tuesday morning Bible Study group.  Pastor Justin leads out in a group discussion every Tuesday from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m in the Harms Fireside Room.  The discussions focus on the coming Sunday’s readings as taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  While the readings follow a three-year cycle, the conversations vary as each participant brings his or her own unique perspective to the conversation.  We look forward to seeing you there. Follow the link below for a look at this week’s readings

http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/.

National Youth Gathering: Register Now!

 

This summer, Lutherans in the ELCA have a very exciting opportunity to attend the 2018 National Youth Gathering in Houston, TX, June 25-July 3 (Including travel).  Youth who are currently 8th-12th graders are welcome to attend, and we also need several adult leaders to be in attendance.  St Paul and First English would like travel and room together.

To learn more about the trip check our the gathering website ( NatGath website) for basic info.  The discounted registration rate expires November 15th, so there’s no time to wait!  Please contact Renata Conger renata@feelc.org or Pastor Justin at Justin.dittrich@stpaulgp.org if you are interested.

You can find registration here (Registration_Worksheets). We will also need a $130 deposit at the time of registration.

 

“Thrivent Builds Worldwide” Trip

Since 2014 members from St. Paul have participated in annual church-supported Thrivent Builds. This year our group will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity in Portugal to renovate a home.  The trip dates are May 26 – June 4, and is open to anyone age 16 and older.  Join us for the informational meeting on October 25 at 7:00 pm in the second-floor classroom.

Prayer Vigil For Peace – Nov. 27

Held every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm, these evenings begin with a short video followed by a discussion.  Everyone is invited, and there is no preparation needed.  The next vigil will be held on November 27th.  The prayer forum used is entitled, ACT Palestine Forum Prayer. A link to the organizations website may be found here.

A Message for Our President

Sunday October 22nd Congregational Meeting Results

Congratulations Pastor Frederic J. Harms! The congregation of St. Paul voted unanimously to confer Pastor Harms with the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus. The announcement of the unanimous vote was met with dozens of smiling faces and vigorous applause. An amazing moment! The Pastor Emeritus ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 10th during the regular worship service.

The congregation of St. Paul also approved an air conditioning motion. Please click here to read the motion. The motion passed soundly with an 80% pass rate: 64 YES, 14 NO, 2 ABSTENTIONS. The next step is collecting pledges. Please click here for a pledge form.

Notable dates:

  • Pledges for A/C motion are being accepted now through December 22, 201
  • Funds for pledges are due by May 31, 2018

Please consider the air conditioning pledge drive separately from your annual Stewardship pledge. Your annual Stewardship pledge supports the ongoing ministries of St. Paul.

Cheryl Wiseman, Congregation President

Christmas Eve Worship at St. Paul

Come and worship as we give glory to God in the highest heaven for the birth of our Savior, Jesus the Christ!

9:30 am – Service of Readings and Carols
4:00 pm – Family Service
7:00 pm – Service of Readings and Carols
10:00 pm – Candlelight Service

Thanksgiving Eve

Join us for our Thanksgiving eve service November 22 at 7:00 pm as we praise God for his many blessings.  All choirs will participate in this festive time of worship.

This Sunday . . .

Join us November 19th in worship and Fellowship

Advent Workshop and Potluck: November 19th
After worship we will have a potluck, followed by unique crafts. What you make may be the perfect present for someone, or may turn into a treasured keepsake for yourself. The committee has come up with some new and exciting crafts for this year, but will of course have some returning favorites.
See you Sunday!


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