*Worship on March 11, 2018

Mar 10, 2018

*Throughout the Sundays of Lent this year, we hear about God’s persistence in loving us.  Despite our failures and shortcomings, God chooses relationship with us.

This week, we hear about God’s provision.  though God provides food and water for the Israelites in the wilderness, they whine and grumble. They forget about the salvation they experienced in the exodus.  God punishes them for their sin, but when they repent God also provides a means of healing: a bronze serpent lifted up on a pole.

During worship this Lenten season, you’ll notice that we are using a simple liturgy and have created space in our worship for silence.  In a world that bombards us with messages, pitches, tweets and posts, worship in the season of Lent provides us with an opportunity to make space, be still, and listen for God’s voice calling to us.  Each week in the sounds and in the silence, we hear again a story of God’s extravagant love revealed to us from the beginning of time and renewed each generation.

*Attendance Last Sunday (March 4):  8:30 ~ 131; 11:00 ~ 60;  (Thursday, March 7)  ~ 81

*Next Week’s Lessons (March 18):  Jeremiah 31:31-34;  Psalm 51:1-12;  Hebrews 5:5-10;  John 12:20-33

*Altar Flowers:  The flowers on the altar were donated by Sherry and Jim C. in loving memory of Sherry’s parents, Jane and Rod Johnson.  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.