Worship Will Be Different This Week - In what ways? (So glad you asked!)
- We will be together with worship leaders from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in King of Prussia (where we have been recording our worship content in recent weeks)
- We will be live streaming @ 9:30 AM on Sunday - so this week (only) you will not be able to open a link for worship on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. We will send you a link via email which you can open @ 9:30 on Sunday to join us live or later in the day as it will be recorded for your convenience. Also, there may be a small delay in the posting of worship on our website and Facebook page.
While this may be inconvenient for some (especially our Saturday night worshipers), it will give us an opportunity to celebrate the partnership we share with Good Shepherd, thank them for opening their hearts and building to us, and experience different voices and perspectives in worship (Pastor Mueller will still be preaching).
Ash Wednesday (Next Wed. Feb. 17) will be different this year too:
Digital Resources (scripture, message, and prayer) will be posted in congregational e-mail, Facebook page, and church website by noontime on this day.
"Ashes to Go" will be offered outside in lower parking lot (near playground) 9:30 – 10:00 AM, 12:30 – 1:00 PM, and 6:30 – 7:00 PM. (Walk up or drive up). We will all be wearing masks and will be available for prayer requests and for ashes to be imposed on the forehead this year using cotton swabs (one swab per person). This act of sorrow and repentance and an acknowledgement of our own mortality is a way of humbly preparing ourselves for this Lenten journey. (Lenten devotions will also be available for folks who stop by this day. Also, if you have not already done so, you are welcome to bring non perishable food items for Norristown Interfaith Food Pantry as well as cash donations for Norristown Soup Kitchen on this day).
Keep your eyes open for more ways that we will experience a very different, but meaningful, growth filled Lenten season.
Dear Friends, There are several learning opportunities coming up in week ahead that I wanted keep on your radar. - "Aslan on the Move" : This Sunday (downstairs in Jerusalem Room) at 9:30 AM we gather together for a presentation / discussion based on Christian themes found in the C.S. Lewis classic, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." This gathering will continue through November 24. Anyone from high school students to senior citizens are welcome to attend. Join us and be enriched in faith. - "Lunch Bunch Bible Study" - We gather each Thursday at noontime in St. Andrew's Hall to look a little deeper at the assigned bible texts that will be proclaimed the upcoming Sunday. We provide coffee and printed out texts. You are free to bring Bibles and a bagged lunch if you wish. People who rarely take part in Bible Study have become a part of this group and have found it very helpful in their walk of faith.
Holy and Living God, You continue to confound our expectations and surprise us with your redeeming power in our lives. Come among us, risen Lord. Reveal yourself to us that we may know with confidence that nothing in all creation, not even death, can separate us from your love. In Jesus' name. Amen . A word of thanks to all of you who offered your hearts and hands and voices to a deeply moving Holy Week and a joy filled celebration of the Resurrection. It was exciting to see an increase in attendance at special services throughout Lent and Holy Week this year, especially among those who are newer to our faith community. Many hearts were touched and lives were lifted up through the celebrations of this past week. We are truly blessed. Continue to pray for those who were unable to be with us on Sunday, the sick, the struggling, the hospitalized, the homebound, and the dying. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world, especia
Dear Friends, This Sunday in worship our Gospel lesson is Luke 11:1-13. In my message, I will be focusing chiefly on this rather strange parable of Jesus. However, this is also the text where on e of Jesus' disciples says, "Lord, teach us to pray" and Jesus introduces what would become known as the Lord's Prayer. While this will not be a primary focus on Sunday, I thought I would share with you below a reflection by Christian writer Brian McClaren bringing fresh meaning to a prayer that has become so familiar that, unfortunately, it can become rote and uttered with little meaning or reflection. I hope that you will find this helpful for your own time in prayer. And who knows? It may even show up sometime in a worship service. A Spoken Version of the Lord’s Prayer This rendering of the Lord’s prayer uses unfamiliar words and phrasing to help us actually hear its message rather than lapsing into an auto-pilot recitation. You can use it in public w