*Worship on June 4, 2017

Jun 03, 2017

*Today’s festival derives its name from the Jewish festival of Pentecost, observed fifty days after Passover.  On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Holy Spirit as the power of God among us that heals, forgives, inspires, and unites.  In the reading from Acts, images of wind and fire describe the Spirit poured out on disciples of all nations.  In John’s gospel the risen Christ breathes the Spirit on his followers on Easter evening.  In the one Spirit we are baptized into one body, and at the Lord’s table the Spirit unites us for witness in the world.

*Altar Flowers:  The flowers on the altar this week were given anonymously in honor of the confirmands and all who have helped them in preparation for this Sunday.  The red geraniums are shared with us by congregants and their dedications are listed in the bulletin.  If you are interested in providing altar flowers, please complete the form found in the Flower Book located in the literature rack in the narthex.

*Last Week’s Attendance:  Sunday, 9:30 am ~ 173

*Next Week’s Lessons:  Genesis 1:1—2:4a;  Psalm 8;  2 Corinthians 13:11-13;  Matthew 28:16-20

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.

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.