*Worship on June 8/11, 2017Jun 10, 2017
*Though the word trinity is not found in the scriptures, today’s second reading includes the apostolic greeting that begins the liturgy: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.
*Welcome to Pastor Amy Walter-Peterson who is preaching and presiding at worship on Sunday as she stands for call as Bethlehem’s co-Pastor. Plan to stay after worship for our congregational meeting to vote on extending a call to Pastor Amy.
*Thank you to Lori N. for preaching and presiding at worship on Thursday while Pastor Hoffman attends the Upstate NY Synod Assembly. Lori is a longtime member of Bethlehem and a recent graduate of Luther Seminary who has been approved for ordination and is awaiting call. Welcome, Lori!
*Thank you to Mark P. for serving as organist while Susie D. is away!
*Altar Flowers: The flowers on the altar this week were given by Jim and Donna B. in honor of their 44th wedding anniversary. 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: Thursday ~61; Sunday ~149
*Next Week’s Lessons: Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 223-0634.