Our Saturday 5 PM worship is a spoken service with Holy Communion. It is casual by nature and runs about 25 minutes. Because of its short length, it is ideal for families with small children or those with older children who have many Sunday activities, as well as those who like to sleep in on Sundays.
Our 8:30 AM Sunday morning Communion service is also a 25 minute spoken, casual service like our Saturday service. Many find it a good option when they have plans for later in the day.
Our 10:30 AM Sunday morning service is the most like what one thinks of when one thinks of a traditional worship service. We have a choir, music, sing hymns, and follow the Lutheran liturgy, including Holy Communion. Still, the service is usually only 45 minutes.
Live a God-Pleasing Life!
This year's stewardship theme is Live a God-Pleasing Life! We have been “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Together we'll learn how God not only prepares the work we are to do, but prepares and equips us, his stewards, to do that work.
Be sure to join your brothers and sisters in Christ as we study God's Word to find how we can Live a God-Pleasing Life!
Both our worship and Bible study focused on the following themes:
Faith is the Foundation
Discipleship is the Path
Generosity is the Hallmark
It is our prayer that each of us will be overwhelmed again and again at the grace of God which has created us, saved us, and daily offers us forgiveness and strength to be stewards who please him.
Commitment Sunday is November 26, which will be a day of joyful response to that grace of God. Please make every effort to attend both worship services and review the bulletin inserts, emails and website postings during this program and prayerfully consider your privileges and responsibilities as God's stewards.
Faith is the Foundation is the theme this week as we focus on how to Live a God-Pleasing Life! “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Through faith, we can become the God-pleasing stewards that he wants us to be. Stewardship expresses our faith. Don't miss next week when we will discuss discipleship as the path for stewards living a God-pleasing life.
“Stewards living a God-pleasing life” are managers of God’s creation. Our stewardship is active and involved rather than a passive caretaker role. “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Psalm 24:1
Discipleship is the Path is today’s topic of study during our stewardship program, Live a God-Pleasing Life! “Come, follow me,” Jesus commands (Matthew 4:19). Just as Jesus called his original twelve disciples, he calls us today. Disciples are followers of Jesus who submit to him and share his love with others. Let us pray that our stewardship program will encourage us to follow God’s will for our lives as his stewards. Next Sunday we will be concentrating our thoughts on generosity in giving of ourselves through money, time, and talents. Please remember to bring your commitment cards!
Live a God-Pleasing Life!
Generosity is the Hallmark of how to Live a God-Pleasing Life!, which has been our stewardship theme, these past three Sundays. The apostle Paul wrote, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11). May you rejoice in all God’s gifts to you and may you willingly, joyfully, and generously share them with others. Through your faithful giving, God blesses the recipients of your gifts, he blesses you, the giver, and he receives praise and glory.
As God-pleasing stewards, we know that all we have belongs to him so we can hold our time, talents, and money in an open palm. “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
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