*Worship on October 1, 2017

Oct 01, 2017

*Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God, such as prostitutes and tax collectors going before others into God’s kingdon.  In the reading from Ezekiel the people question whether the ways of the Lord are unfair; instead they are to repent and turn to the Lord.  Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, looking to the interests others above our own.  Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.

*Thank you to Alli O. for giving voice to God’s word as she has experienced it in her life.  In addition to preaching at both services, Alli will also lead the Adult Education hour.  Thank you Alli!

*Thank you to Mark Phinney for serving as organist while Susie D. is away.

*Altar Flowers:  The flowers on the altar this week were given anonymously by a member who loves to see fresh flowers in our worship space.  If you also love the sight of fresh flowers and would like to make a gift for this purpose, please complete the form found in Flower Book located in the literature rack next to the Nursery.  Flowers may be donated to memorialize or celebrate a special event or person.  The cost is $25 for altar flowers and $40 for an arrangement in the plant stand.

*Next Week’s Lessons:  Isaiah 5:1-7;  Psalm 80:7-15;  Philippians 3:4b-14;  Matthew 21:33-46

*Attendance Last Week:  8:30 am ~ 150;  11:00 am ~ 56

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.