*Worship on September 24, 2017Sep 24, 2017
*Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables, in which Jesus says the reign of God is like workers who get paid the same no matter when they start. When God changes his mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.
*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: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32
*Attendance Last Week: 8:30 am ~ 143; 11:00 am ~ 73
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 223-0634.