*Worship on June 14/17 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Jun 16, 2018

*The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life.  We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed.  It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look.  Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share.  It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

*Attendance Last Week:  Thursday (June 7) ~ 43;  Sunday (June 10) ~123

*Next Week’s Lessons (June 21/24):  Job 38:1-11;  Psalm 107;1-3, 23-32;  2 Corinthians 6:1-13;  Mark 4:35-41

*Thank you to Wayne Shipman, our Guest Preacher this week!  Wayne is a BLC member who has been attending United Lutheran Seminary.  He will head out to Washington state in August for his internship year.  Thanks to Wayne for proclaiming God’s Word among us this weekend!

Altar Flowers:  Do you enjoy seeing flowers on the altar?  Flowers may be donated to memorialize or celebrate a special event or person.  Please complete the form in the flower book located in the literature rack in the narthex next to the nursery.  The cost is $25 for altar flowers and $40 for an arrangement in the plant stand.

Welcome to Our Visitors Today:  To thank you for coming, please pick up a BLC visitor mug containing more information about who we are from the shelf above the literature rack in the narthex.  Also, we encourage our members to take a mug to a new neighbor or friend as a way to introduce them to our church.

Childcare is available at BLC every Sunday morning for children through age 3.  The nursery is staffed by volunteers.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office.  We strive to have two volunteers in the nursery each week. Youth are welcome and encouraged to serve along with an adult.

Worship includes the weekly celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Gathering regularly around Word and Sacrament is central to our identity as God’s people.  Christ comes to us in many ways, but we are assured of His presence in the bread and wine.  In the meal of Holy Communion, we receive a tangible reminder of God’s love and forgiveness and become the body of Christ for the world.

Hospitality at the Table of Our Lord:  The communion table is the place where we are united in the participation of receiving the sacrament when we gather for worship.  It is important that we are gracious hosts at this table, and for that reason we offer grape juice as an alternative to wine so that all people can receive both the bread and cup.  By offering gluten-free wafers and a non-alcoholic option for the cup, we are practicing the radical hospitality that Jesus offers to all of us, especially in the form of his own body and blood.  If you would prefer to receive juice instead of wine, please let the assisting minister or communion assistant know.  If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor Hoffman or Pastor Amy.

In Our Weekly Prayers during worship, we especially remember those who have a new or acute need for prayer.  Our monthly Prayer Letter names those with an ongoing need for prayer, including those who are homebound or with long-term health concerns.  Copies of the current Prayer Letter are available in the literature rack in the narthex.  If you have a name to add to our Prayer Letter, please email prayers@blcfairport.org or call the church office at 223-0634.