*Worship on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sep 09, 2017

*”We receive our blessings not from other human creatures, but from God, through them.  Creatures are only the hands, channels and means through which God bestows all blessings.” (Martin Luther, Large Catechism, First Commandment)  In Jesus Christ, all of life – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.  Today, we give thanks for all the ways that God uses our hands, hearts, minds, and voices in the otherwise ordinary moments of each day to show and share God’s love with others.  Throughout worship, we will remember all of the ways that in water and Word, bread and wine, Christ frees us to serve.

*Altar Flowers:  The flowers on the altar this week were given anonymously in celebration of God’s Work. Our Hands weekend.  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.

*Next Week’s Lessons:  Genesis 50:15-21;  Psalm 103[1-7] 8-13;  Romans 14:1-12;  Matthew 18:21-35

*Attendance Last Week:  Thursday ~45;  Sunday ~ 113

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.