Worship on August 1/4 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Aug 02, 2019

Today’s texts offer instruction and encouragement for all who are occasionally overwhelmed by the “unhappy business” of life. Jesus urges us to take care and be on guard against all kinds of greed. We who have died with Christ in holy baptism have also been raised with him and are encouraged to elevate our thinking, seeking the “things that are above.” To that end we seek the sustenance of the Lord’s supper and the encouragement of God’s word.

Attendance last week:  Thursday, July 25: ~ 83;  Sunday, July 28 : ~ 101

Lessons for this week, August 1/4:  Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23;  Psalm 49:1-12;  Colossians 3:1-11;  Luke 12:13-21

Lessons for next week, August 8/11:  Genesis 15:1-6; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

On Thursday, August 1, we welcome the Rev. Deborah and Joe Troester, who serve as ELCA missionaries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zambia. The Troester’s ministry was supported by the Sunday School noisy offerings throughout the last year. We give thanks for their presence with us this week!

Altar Flowers:  Do you enjoy seeing flowers on the altar? Flowers may be donated to memorialize or celebrate a special event or person. Do you have a yard in bloom? Consider filling a vase with the bounty from your garden for the altar! Just note that you will bring your own flowers when you sign up for a date! If you would like to donate flowers, sign up in the Flower Book found in the literature rack in the narthex or contact the church office to place your order.

Welcome to Our Visitors Today:  To thank you for coming, please pick up a BLC visitor mug containing some goodies and 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.