“Good News” Newsletter – April 2015

The April 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – April 2015

In this issue:

  • Pondering Pastor: Transitions
  • Faith Milestones
  • Sticky Notes and Pancakes
  • Thank You from Troop 1800

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.

Holy Week Schedule

  • March 29 Palm Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
  • April 2 Maundy Thursday / Stripping of the Altar 7:00p.m.
  • April 3 Good Friday / Tenebrae 7:00p.m.
  • April 5 Easter Sunday / The Resurrection of Our Lord 8:30 & 11:00 a.m

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 29th

Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sundayimage032915

The first and second readings and psalm are the same this Sunday every year: Christ emptying himself of divine power and protection, willingly becoming vulnerable to those who struck him and put him to death. With Christ we lament his suffering and all human suffering, but expect God’s final vindication. Mark’s passion story begins with an unnamed woman anointing his head, perhaps to proclaim him Messiah, and Jesus saying she has anointed him beforehand for burial. Mark’s Easter story will begin with women going to anoint Jesus for burial, only to find that he has been raised, God’s living Anointed One.

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
The servant of the LORD submits to suffering
Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Into your hands, O LORD, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Humbled to the point of death on a cross
Gospel: Mark 14:1–15:47
The passion of the Lord
Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 22nd

Fifth Sunday in Lentimage032215

God promises Jeremiah that a “new covenant” will be made in the future: a covenant that will allow all the people to know God by heart. The church sees this promise fulfilled in Christ, who draws all people to himself when he is lifted up on the cross. Our baptismal covenant draws us to God’s heart through Christ and draws God’s light and truth into our hearts. We see God’s heart most clearly in the way Jesus shares human suffering, in an agony both the John and Hebrews readings describe.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
A new covenant written on the heart
Psalm: Psalm 51:1-13 (Psalm 51:1-12 NRSV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. (Ps. 51:11)
Second Reading: Hebrews 5:5-10
Through suffering Christ becomes the source of salvation
Gospel: John 12:20-33
The grain of wheat dying in the earth
Liturgical Color: Purple

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 15th

Fourth Sunday in Lent image031515

The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith, for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.

First Reading: Numbers 21:4-9
The lifting up of the serpent
Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
The LORD delivered them from their distress. (Ps. 107:19)
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Saved by grace through faith for good works
Gospel: John 3:14-21
The lifting up of the Son of Man
Liturgical Color: Purple

Lutheran Youth Organization Assembly in Greensboro was amazing!!

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 8th

Third Sunday in Lent image030815

The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The ten commandments are one of the chief parts of Luther’s catechism, a core piece of baptismal instruction. They begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods.

First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17
The commandments are given at Sinai
Psalm: Psalm 19
The commandment of the LORD gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
Christ crucified, the wisdom of God
Gospel: John 2:13-22
The cleansing of the temple
Liturgical Color: Purple

“Good News” Newsletter – March 2015

The March 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – March 2015

In this issue:

  • Pondering Pastor
  • Lent and Holy Week Schedule
  • “Assets”
  • Family Night at APLC

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, March 1st

Second Sunday in Lent image030115

The second covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the one made with Abraham and Sarah: God’s promise to make them the ancestors of many, with whom God will remain in everlasting covenant. Paul says this promise comes to all who share Abraham’s faith in the God who brings life into being where there was no life. We receive this baptismal promise of resurrection life in faith. Sarah and Abraham receive new names as a sign of the covenant, and we too get new identities in baptism, as we put on Christ.

First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
God blesses Abraham and Sarah
Psalm: Psalm 22:22-30 (Psalm 22:23-31 NRSV)
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD. (Ps. 22:26)
Second Reading: Romans 4:13-25
The promise to those who share Abraham’s faith
Gospel: Mark 8:31-38
The passion prediction
Liturgical Color: Purple

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, February 22nd

First Sunday in Lentimage022215

On Ash Wednesday the church began its journey toward baptismal immersion in the death and resurrection of Christ. This year, the Sundays in Lent lead us to focus on five covenants God makes in the Hebrew Scriptures and to use them as lenses through which to view baptism. First Peter connects the way God saved Noah’s family in the flood with the way God saves us through the water of baptism. The baptismal covenant is made with us individually, but the new life we are given in baptism is for the sake of the whole world.

First Reading: Genesis 9:8-17
The rainbow, sign of God’s covenant
Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9 (Psalm 25:1-10 NRSV)
Your paths are love and faithfulness to those who keep your covenant. (Ps. 25:9)
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Saved through water
Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness for forty days
Liturgical Color: Purple