Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Lord's Prayer Worship Series

Sunday, August 10th we will begin a four week study on the Lord's Prayer. I found this wonderful graphic online this week. This is a free printable resource found at: http://www.st-barnabas.info/the-lords-prayer-free-printable-download/  Enjoy! Worship begins at 10am. All are welcome.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Worship Series on Wisdom


A quick reminder that summer worship begins June 29th, 10am
 Adult Study will take a break and resume at 9am on July 13th

Summer Worship Series Info:
This Summer we will work through two series. The first is seven weeks on Wisdom Literature found in Scripture. What does that mean? It means we will hear passages from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and other wisdom texts. These sections of Scripture are not history nor are they narrative...they are collections of sayings, idioms, colloquialisms and general wisdom shared and passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation. 

What is wisdom according to Scripture? 

Wisdom in Hebrew is chokmah. In the book of Proverbs wisdom is personified as a women (see Prov. 1:20-21 for an example), which is similar to the Greek sophia, which is also a feminine noun.
Proverbs suggests that the “fear of the Lord,” is the beginning of wisdom. The word for fear in this text is not meant as abject or servile fear. Instead, the fear suggested here is reverent. It suggests total dedication and respect for God. In this sense wisdom comes from a willingness to put total trust in God and a willingness to learn from God. Easier said than done, right?! Proverbs is a unique collection of sayings that offer a beginning to our learning about wisdom. Wisdom is something that takes time to develop and it is something we, as disciples, are called to pursue. That may seem a little daunting, but consider how this community faith might encourage one another to seek the wisdom that comes from a deep relationship with God. Together, we may be surprised by what wisdom God will teach us. 

A quick note about Proverbs: 
The book of Proverbs is a collection of essays, poems, and sayings expressing the wisdom of ancient Israel. Some of the material probably originated as folk wisdom, circulating in the family or the clan. Other parts reflect the life of the royal court. Arrangement began during the time of Solomon (about 961-922 B.C.E.), and the final edition was likely produced during the exile in Babylon (about 587-539 B.C.E.). Jeremiah 18:18 refers to the priest, the wise, and the prophet as leaders in Israel; the book of Proverbs is the product of the work of "the wise."

 I look forward to learning some wisdom for each of you this summer. This should be a wonderful series. We do not often get a chance to delve into Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. 

Pastor Krista

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Worship on JUNE 22nd, 11am, Eldridge Park!

Please remember to bring a dish to pass, beverage and your own place-setting (some extras will be on hand). See you there!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mission Possible Update!

Good day all!

So much is happening for Mission Possible...this past weekend a group went to paint at Saving Grace. Here are some photos. Want to come paint next time? We are heading back as a group on July 5th from 8am-12pm...corner of E. Hudson and Clemens Center Pkwy.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Upstate New York Synod has Elected a NEW Bishop!

On June 3rd, The Rev. John Macholz was elected to be the next Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA. Please pray for our current Bishop, Marie Jerge as she discerns where God is calling her next in ministry. Also, please thank her for her 12 years of service as our Bishop. Please keep Bishop elect Macholz in your prayers as he prepares himself to step into this demanding role.

As the ballots were collected for the final time Bishop Marie and Rev. Macholz embraced and shook hands. Their mutual respect for one another was a beautiful thing to see. I trust the transition in leadership will be smooth.

Bishop-elect Rev. John Macholz

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mission Possible II

It is that time of year again! May 4th we began our Mission Possible celebration. This Spring and Summer there are 7 mission opportunities available for us. There is a bulletin board full of information at both churches. Please sign-up and grab a half-sheet for more information on particular mission opportunities.

Thank you to the 113 folks who came to worship on May 4th. Thank you also to all who stayed for the Senior Citizen Banquet. What a wonderful day of celebration!