15 Nov: News for November 17

Theme of the Day Today we are actually introducing Advent with ELW setting 10 for Traditional Worship. Advent is a season of anticipation. We have the tree, animals gathering and the prophets helping us prepare. we hear Isaiah 5:1-15. We continue in the prophetic book of Isaiah Kings for the Act 4 Israel is pictured as a vineyard. God looks for the fruit of righteousness but finds only injustice. Question: What is justice? Are you one who seeks it? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

08 Nov: News for November 10

Theme of the Day Today we hear Hosea 11:1-9 We continue in the historic book of Kings for the Act 4 Israel and the prophets. God’s passionate love for his children despite their disobedience he cannot give them up. Hosea the prophet, reminds us people continue to disregard God. God grieves like a parent. Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

01 Nov: News for November 3

Theme of the Day Today we hear 1 Kings 11:26-40 We continue in the historic book of Kings for the Act 4 Israel and the prophets. The prophet Elijah feels like a minority among the prophets of Baal. Elijah calls fire from heaven on Mount Carmel to reveal God’s presence. In the midst of loss, fear, and challenge, who do we call on? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

25 Oct: News for October 27

Theme of the Day Today we hear 1 Kings 11:26-40 Rebellion in the section of the Bible on “Israel.” The kingdom of Israel is divided after Solomon becomes king. King Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, is made King. Jeroboam returns as well to report the people are weary of labor, government and taxes. This is not so different from the time of the Reformation in the 1500s or today. Who will King Rehoboam listen to? Who do we listen to? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

18 Oct: News for October 20

Theme of the Day Today we hear 1 Kings 11:26-40 There is rebellion in this section of the Bible on “Israel.” The kingdom of Israel is divided after Solomon becomes king. Who is Jeroboam? How do we seek God in the midst of division? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

11 Oct: News for October 13

Theme of the Day This is an enormous weekend for St. John’s in our community with the 38th Annual Country Fair Day. As a church, we gather together to worship and live out an initiative from our 2016 Strategic Mission Plan for unity. We are traditional and contemporary. We are youthful and aging. We are Republican and Democrat and Independent. And we are one in Christ. We come together in unity for worship to give thanks to God for the whole church of St. John’s, our regional Delaware Maryland Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA.org). Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

04 Oct: News for October 6

Theme of the Day Today we hear the act of the Bible about Israel with our reading of Genesis 32:22-30. Abraham and Sarah’s grandson, Jacob, wrestles with an angel and receives the name “Israel” which means “strives with God.” Why do we struggle with God? How is God in the struggle? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

27 Sep: News for September 29

Theme of the Day Today we hear a three part reading that includes Genesis 15:1-6; 18:10-15; 21:1-7. The promise of God to Sarah and Abraham unfolds with a surprise birth announcement. This child will be the new bearer of God’s promise to bless all people. The Fall does not remove the blessing. Question. What is the hardest part about trusting God’s promise? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

20 Sep: News for September 22

Theme of the Day Today we hear Genesis 4:1-16. “The Fall” occurs every time we break relationships and vandalize the shalom of creation. Sin lurks at the door waiting to make us its slave. God desires restored relationship—a covenant—even when we turn away. What sin is lurking closest to your door? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

13 Sep: News for September 15

Theme of the Day Today we hear Genesis 2:4-9. In creation the breath of God gives us and all things life. The Creator continues to pour out breath to create and recreate the heavens and the earth. How are we living apart from God’s creation? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly