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Prayers of Intersession 5/7/17

Rejoicing in the risen life of Christ, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. (A brief silence.) We pray for the church. Strengthen ministers of word, sacrament, and service who are called to shepherd your people. Renew your church and unite us through your Spirit. Send us out to serve our neighbors and to receive their care with gratitude. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the earth. For pastures and prairies, rivers and streams, oceans and mountains. For those who care for livestock and pets. For all animals, wild and domestic, with whom we share this world. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For the nations. Guide leaders into the path of peace. Uphold all who govern. Bring an end to injustice, warfare, and violence. Protect those who risk their lives to shield others from danger. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For those in need. For those who lack safe housing and adequate food. For workers whose pay is insufficient to meet their daily needs. Comfort the grieving and heal the sick. We pray especially for Anneliese Mac Donald, Cindy Stiller-Treusch and The Creighton Family. We Pray also for Lynne, Jim, Sara, Roger, Linda, Richard, Sara, Dean, Matthew, Aaron, Marsha, Matthew, Shirley, Elizabeth, Erich, Karen, Karen, Betty, Shirley, Linda, Dan, Hannah and Andrew. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

For this assembly. For ushers, acolytes, and greeters. For those who clean and prepare this space for worship. Give wisdom to our councils, committees, and all who guide this congregation’s ministry. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Shepard us oh God through this Always Reformed, Always Reforming process. May it be a gate to the future. We give thanks for Samartitas and its work with people in Foster care. We pray for our Synod and our reelected Bishop Don Kriess. Help us to find a bold mission fueled by the resurrected Christ and lead us to gate that is our mission. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Joining our voices with your faithful ones in every time and place, we offer our prayers in the name of the Risen One, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Christian Education has moved out of the classroom to engage people in active faith and to build relationships.  It is now be called Faith Formation to encompass the many activities we do to build relationships and serve others, while we learn and grow in our faith.  Click link for more details.

“Always Reformed, Always Reforming”– Keep the Conversations Going

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Our 19 Guiding Questions await your further input. Some conversations are well underway. A colorful display of different-sized post-it notes and stickers attests to the relevance and timeliness of these questions.

However, other question boards remain mostly white and over-looked. Perhaps these questions are less concrete or more time-consuming to address. Maybe their out-of-the-way locations make them less likely to get attention. Whatever the reason, we crave your opinions. If you don’t have answers, post comments that invite further discussion.

All 19 questions address deeply important aspects of our future ministry. Please continue the conversation and add your unique viewpoint to the future vision for St. Paul.

 

ARAR Overview

Below is an overview of the process for your reference.

Step One: (Present – February)

  • Cottage meetings will be held in congregant’s homes, coffee houses, or at St. Paul to determine our guiding questions for this process of discovery and the areas we would like to further reform.

Step Two: (March – June)

  • Church-wide, interactive meetings will take place to find solutions and actions for our guiding questions.

Step Three:  (June – October)

  • A draft of our reformation directive will be written by the ARAR team, considered by the congregation and ultimately, received on Reformation Day 2017—the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.

Please keep this process in your prayers and as opportunities arise please give your heart, mind, and time to this process.

Tuesday Mornings with Justin

Are you looking for a more in-depth foray into the scriptures?  We invite you to attend our Timg_5355uesday morning Bimg_5352ible 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/.

A “Thrivent Builds Worldwide” trip to Jordan

Since 2014 members from St. Paul have participated in annual church-supported Thrivent Builds.  A group of 12 from St. Paul just returned from the Jordan Valley where they assisted in building a three-bedroom home for Fahmi Naser Khashan and his family.  To catch up on the latest news out of Ammar Ben Yasser, Jordan check out Stephanie and Elizabeth mission trip blog.

“Listening for God’s” Next Meeting

While our women’s book club, “Listening for God,” does not meet during the summer months, they have a great summer read for you! Discussions will resume again in the fall with a #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.  In preparation for September 13th’s 7:30 p.m. meeting at the church, we hope you enjoy reading Elizabeth Stroud’s book, My Name Is Lucy Barton. 

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Strout tells how “simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the tender relationship between mother and daughter in this extraordinary novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys.”

WELCA Treinnial Gathering, July 13-16

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Did you know that every woman of the church is automatically a member of WELCA?  Which means that you could attend the 10th Annual Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, July 13-16.  We are real women talking about our faith. About our doubts and challenges. About joy and what inspires us. We’ll experience simple conversations between friends—old and new—that will develop into a movement sweeping the church, inspired and infused with the Holy Spirit.

Join the conversation as we explore the triennial gathering theme All Anew.” Listen to inspiring speakers; participate in worship and praise; learn by attending workshops, viewing films and engaging in servant events. Visit the exhibit hall where you can gather, shop and connect.

Check the WELCA website for more information or speak with one of the WELCA Board members, Gretchen Archinal, Brenda Dittrich, Carol Meza, Alana Sabol, Lela Ulmanis or Peg Upmeyer.

Vacation Bible School: July 31 – August 4

We anticipate this summer’s collaborative VBS ministry.  Together with Christ Church Episcopal and First English Lutheran, St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church invites you to attend “Maker Fun Factory!”  See the brochure for more information. You can find registration Here.

Prayer Vigil For Peace – June 26

Held every fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the chapel area of the sanctuary, 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 June 26th.  The prayer forum used is entitled, ACT Palestine Forum Prayer. A link to the organizations website may be found here.

WELCA Bible Study

The upcoming Wednesday evenings will include a meditative practice of coloring as part of devotions. Join in “Color, Pray, Explore ‘All Anew’” May 24 – June 21 at 7:00 PM.

 

ELCA Synod Assembly Report

Three St. Paul members attended the Southeast Michigan Synod’s (SEMI) annual assembly from May 4 – 6.  For highlights from the gathering click here.


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