The service begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at Faith, 16511 Hilliard Road, Lakewood. It is sponsored by the Lakewood Ministerial Association and hosted by Good Soil Lutheran Ministries (Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Churches).
We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of David Strieter as Music Director of Good Soil Lutheran Ministries, the cooperative ministry of Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River Lutheran Churches.
David will return to his Lutheran roots on Reformation Sunday this weekend, when Good Soil worships at Faith at 10 a.m.
He has served in churches of all sizes and several denominations, beginning with a weekly coffeehouse service at Bethel Lutheran Church in Middleburg Heights as a teenager. Most recently, David was Director of Music at Hope Christian Church in Avon.
With Good Soil, he will develop a diverse music program that embraces many different styles of music, from traditional hymns to jazz, reggae, Latin, and beyond.
David plays the piano, keyboard, organ, guitar, percussion, tuba, bassoon, accordion, harmonica and dulcimer.
In addition to his church music career, he is a private instructor for piano and music theory, and plays around town in various venues. He has played keyboards for several rock, pop and R&B bands as well as many local theater productions.
This Sunday (Oct. 23) at Our Savior’s we welcome the folks from Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in southeast Cleveland as part of a
continuing effort to promote understanding, peace and healing across racial lines.
Advent Pastor Leonard Killings will preach and Good Soil Pastor Mark Rollenhagen will preside. Our 10 a.m. worship service will be followed by lunch in Our Savior’s Fellowship Hall.
Adult forum resumes this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the lounge at Our Savior’s as we hear from ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s thoughts on atonement in the Animate video series.
Sunday School for kids will happen during worship.
This Sunday (Oct. 16) we welcome the Rev. Mark Brauer, vice president of youth services for Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.
Pastor Brauer will preach and fill us in on what’s happening with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. His responsibilities include LMM’s Next Step program, which helps young people aging out of the county foster care system. An earlier visit from Pastor Brauer helped spark the creation of Friends & Volunteers of Next Step (FVNS), an ecumenical group that meets monthly at Faith and provides support to the Next Step program.
There will be an opportunity to support LMM’s ministries through special offering envelopes. Pastor Rollenhagen serves on the board of directors of LMM.
Adult Forum begins at 9 a.m. with “Animate:Faith” a multi-session video and discussion series that explore central topics of Christian, including God, religion, Jesus, salvation, cross, Bible and church. This week we gather in the chapel at Faith. Next week in the lounge at Our Savior’s.
Kids, pre-K through sixth grade, begin Sunday School during the 10 a.m. worship service. We have eight great Sunday School teachers who will use materials that correspond to the Narrative Lectionary, which we use in worship, so that families have a chance to talk about each Sunday’s scripture throughout the week. The kids will leave worship for Sunday School before the scripture readings begin and return during the passing of the peace before communion.
Coming up soon will be opportunities for parents of younger children to gather regularly around “Frolic: Little Steps. Big Faith.” And if we can round up enough middle school kids, there will be opportunities for them to explore their faith as well.
The name out front still says “Faith Lutheran Church,” but we’re now calling the building the Lakewood Abbey, as we endeavor to foster community by offering office space to organizations, venues for artistic performances and community gatherings and co-work space for freelancers.
Of course, our building is also still home to Faith Lutheran Church and other partners interested in spiritual growth and the care and growth of children in the community.
This Sunday (July 31) the Good Soil Lutheran Ministries congregations of Faith Lakewood and Our Savior’s Rocky River are traveling to southeast Cleveland to worship with Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church, a predominantly African-American congregation in southeast Cleveland.
It’s the first step in what’s hoped to be a continuing effort to promote understanding, peace and healing across racial lines.
Community Vacation Bible School begins Monday, July 18, at Faith. The VBS is for pre-K through the fifth grade and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon daily through Friday, July 22.
The VBS is offered by the southwest Lakewood congregations of Faith Lutheran, Calvary United Methodist, Grace Presbyterian and Prodigal Community Churches.
The cost is just $5. A registration form is available here.
So begins the Biblical saga of the long-suffering Job (pr. Jobe), a devout, righteous man beset by a series of calamities. He loses his vast livestock holdings, his children and his health because of a wager between God and the Satan.
The story is powerful enough that it has worked its way into popular culture. You don’t have to be religious to understand that someone who has “the patience of Job” has stayed the course while enduring many problems. But how much thought have you ever given to Biblical book of Job?
We’re going to do that during the five Sundays of July. Here are the passages we’ll hear in worship on Sunday mornings:
July 3 – Job 1:1-22; July 10 – Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21; July 17 – Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27; July 24 – Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11; July 31 – Job 42:7-17.
At some point, you might want to take the time and sit down and read the entire book of Job. In the meantime, here are couple of more contemporary helps to get you started thinking about Job.
Here is an interesting overall look at Job from a group called The Bible Project.
And here is a good read from Richard Rohr this week. It mentions Jonah rather than Job, but I’m struck by the thought that “transformation … begins when something old falls apart” and by the thought “living in the confusing dark space for a while.” Surely, Job knew the confusing dark space.