This Week in Worship – for Sunday, October 11th

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The rich man who comes to ask Jesus what he should do to inherit eternal life is a good man, sincere in his asking. Mark’s gospel is alone in saying that Jesus looked on him and loved him. Out of love, not as judgment, Jesus offers him an open door to life: sell all you own and give it to the poor. Our culture bombards us with the message that we will find life by consuming. Our assemblies counter this message with the invitation to find life by divesting for the sake of the other.

First Reading: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Psalm: Psalm 90:12-17 (12)
Second Reading: Hebrews 4:12-16
Gospel: Mark 10:17-31
Color: Green

Daily Devotions – by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold

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“Good News” Newsletter – October 2015

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

Abiding Presence Good News – October 2015

In this issue:

  • Smith installed as bishop
  • Stone Soup
  • What’s Happening at APLC
  • Reformation Day

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, October 4th

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Icon1 Lectionary 27B

Today’s gospel combines a saying that makes many of us uncomfortable with a story we find comforting. Jesus’ saying on divorce is another of his rejections of human legislation in favor of the original intent of God’s law. Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples who are fending off the children should challenge us as well. What does it mean to receive the kingdom of God as a child does?

First Reading:  Genesis 2:18-24
Psalm:  Psalm 8 (5)
Second Reading:  Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12
Gospel:  Mark 10:2-16
Color: Green

Congregational Meeting – Sunday, October 11th

On Sunday, October 11th, after each worship we will hold a “Congregational Meeting” for the following purpose:
  1. Present the current slate of candidates who have agreed to stand for council election, Cecilia Rosman and Joe Haran.
  2. Receive nominations from the floor.  Please note you must ask the person you are nominating prior to the meeting and received their approval before putting their name forward.  We are currently short 2 nominations, so if there is someone you would like to nominate, please ask them.
Please contact the church office if you have any questions.
Pastor Jeffrey

Columbarium Memorial Garden

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church has set aside a beautiful plot of land known as The Columbarium Memorial Garden to memorialize members of the community, members of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, and for the inurnment of cremated remains.

Sermon for September 27, 2015

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, September 27th

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Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.

First Reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm: Psalm 19:7-14
Second Reading: James 5:13-20
Gospel: Mark 9:38-50
Color: Green

Sermon for September 20, 2015

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, September 20th

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Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh-and-blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.

First Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Second Reading: James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a
Gospel: Mark 9:30-37
Color: Green