We enter Advent this Sunday (Dec. 1), lighting the first candle on the wreath as we begin this time of hopeful expectation and anticipation.
The gospel reading for Sunday, which you can find here, might seem a bit odd amid the cheerful Christmas shows and songs that already are popping up. Seems more fitting of this classic from Elvis Costello than the Christmas carols we associate with December.
Seems to me it has more to do with what football coaches would call “clock management” or maybe the hazard of being so focused on what’s coming we fail to do anything now.
We’ll talk about it in worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
A few weeks ago we blessed quilts and personal care kits we were shipping off to Lutheran World Relief. Today, they might be on their way to the Philippines, giving comfort and care to people left with nothing in the wake of the typhoon that devastated the islands last week.
You can check out a video update on typhoon relief here and you’ll hear and see where quilts and personal care kits end up.
this Sunday at our 2 p.m. worship service in Fellowship Hall. Pets are welcome but not required at this service of scripture, prayers, familiar hymns and Holy Communion along with individual blessings for pets and their people.
Also, this Sunday at 9:15 a.m. we begin a two-week look at Trinity Lutheran Seminary Professor Mark Allan Powell’s video series “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible.”
This Sunday (Oct. 20) we celebrate and give thanks to God for the work of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, which operates the 2100 Lakeside men’s homeless shelter and many other efforts to help those pushed to the margins in Cleveland. Find out more about LMM here or watch this video.
The Rev. Mark Brauer, LMM’s vice president, youth services, will preach and lead worship at 10:30 a.m.. Mark and Faith members Lynn Schlessman and Bill Fink will talk and field questions about LMM during the 9:30 a.m. adult Faith Walk class.
Discover – or rediscover – Faith this Sunday (October 13) as we celebrate its founding as a mission congregation 89 years and look toward its future as a mission community in southwest Lakewood.
The day begins with Faith Walk and Bible study at 9:30 a.m. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. and at noon we’ll celebrate with an Oktoberfest-style lunch with brats, hot dogs, sauerkraut and such.
If you can’t make it, please support Faith in your prayers and consider a donation to the Faith Mission Fund. Checks can be made payable to Faith Lutheran Church, with “Faith Mission Fund” in the memo line and mailed or brought to Faith at 16511 Hilliard Road, Lakewood, OH 44107. A slip to mark your gift in honor of someone and to indicate whether it’s OK to include your name in a public list of Faith supporters can be found here.
Thank you for your support!
— Pastor Mark Rollenhagen
Faith’s first pet memorial service is at 5 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary.
No pets at this service, but people are encouraged to bring photos or other memories of a deceased pet. Photos for a video display can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pets are welcome at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 6) for Faith’s monthly pet-friendly worship service, which includes blessings for pets and their people.
The memorial service on Saturday acknowledges the loss people feel when pets die and offers an opportunity to give thanks to God for the love and companionship between people and their pets. A reception following the service will offer time to share memories and photos.
One of my favorite commentaries on scripture is called The Gospel in Solentiname (pronounced so-LEN-teh-NAH-me). It’s not the product of stuffy academic types.
Instead, it is a collection of “dialogue sermons” in which a Catholic priest named Ernesto Cardenal and residents of a small fishing village in Nicaragua read scripture and talked about it. This was in the 1960s and ‘70s as the revolution against the Somoza regime unfolded. The reversal of fortune theme in Luke was powerful for people who had been oppressed for decades.
Here’s a couple of observations made in response to this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Luke 16:19-31:
GLORIA: “The rich man’s sin was that he had no compassion. Poverty was at his door and that didn’t disturb him at his parties.”
ALEJANDRO: “If we were selfish we’d say: let the rich continue with their scheme and let the poor man get saved. But that would be kind of bad, wouldn’t it? To want the rich man to get screwed because of his wealth.”
So, what do you make of this story told by Jesus? Does it make you uncomfortable? Feel a little parched? What does it suggest to you about God?
– Pastor Mark Rollenhagen
This coming Sunday’s gospel lesson, Luke 15: 1-10, raises all sorts of questions:
- Why are those tax collectors and sinners coming to listen to Jesus?
- Why are those Pharisees and scribes grumbling?
- Is it prudent to go looking for one lost sheep, leaving 99 in peril?
- Who are the folks who don’t need to repent?
- What do those two little parables – the lost sheep and the lost coin – have in common? What’s different about them?
What is this passage trying to say about Jesus? About us?
Worshiping with folks from Good Shepherd (Brooklyn), St. Thomas (Cleveland), and Trinity (Lakewood) Lutheran Churches, we packed the pavilion at upper Edgewater Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America!
Enjoyed a feast of a potluck lunch that fortified us for an afternoon of service.
Thanks be to God!
Worship this Sunday (Sept. 8) is at 11 a.m. — outdoors at Edgewater Park, upper pavilion off West Boulevard, with Trinity (Lakewood) and St. Thomas (Cleveland) Lutheran Churches, in celebration fo the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Followed by a potluck and hotdog lunch and service projects in the afternoon, including a cleanup of the park area near E. 55th Street and quilt and cross-making at the Edgewater Pavilion.