“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

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, February 15th

Transfiguration of Our Lordimage021515

The Sundays after Epiphany began with Jesus’ baptism and end with three disciples’ vision of his transfiguration. In Mark’s story of Jesus’ baptism, apparently only Jesus sees the Spirit descending and hears the words from heaven. But now Jesus’ three closest friends hear the same words naming him God’s beloved son. As believers, Paul writes, we are enabled to see the God-light in Jesus’ face, because the same God who created light in the first place has shone in our hearts to give us that vision. The light of God’s glory in Jesus has enlightened us through baptism and shines in us also for others to see.

First Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-12
Elijah taken up to heaven and succeeded by Elisha
Psalm: Psalm 50:1-6
Out of Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth in glory. (Ps. 50:2)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
God’s light seen clearly in the face of Christ
Gospel: Mark 9:2-9
Revelation of Christ as God’s beloved Son
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, February 8th

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany picture020815

In Isaiah it is the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars—it is that God who strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up to health and diakonia. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.

First Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31
The creator of all cares for the powerless
Psalm: Psalm 147:1-12, 21c (Psalm 147:1-11, 20c NRSV)
The LORD heals the brokenhearted. (Psalm 147:3)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
A servant for the sake of the gospel
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
The healing of Peter’s mother-in-law
Liturgical Color: Green

“Good News” Newsletter – February 2015

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

Abiding Presence Good News – February 2015

In this issue:

  • Lent Activity Schedule
  • NCLMM and Triangle WELCA
  • Worshipful Dancers – “I Can Only Imagine”
  • Dinner for 8 is Back!

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

Sermon for January 25, 2015

Third Sunday after Epiphany
Sermon by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, February 1st

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany image020115

In Deuteronomy God promises to raise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God; in Psalm 111 God shows the people the power of God’s works. For the church these are ways of pointing to the unique authority people sensed in Jesus’ actions and words. We encounter that authority in God’s word, around which we gather, the word that trumps any lesser spirit that would claim power over us, freeing us to follow Jesus.

First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
The prophet speaks with God’s authority
Psalm: Psalm 111
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Limits to liberty: the case of food offered to idols
Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
The healing of one with an unclean spirit
Liturgical Color: Green

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, January 25th

Third Sunday after Epiphany Picture012515

Stories of the call to discipleship continue as the Time after Epiphany plays out the implications of our baptismal calling to show Christ to the world. Jesus begins proclaiming the good news and calling people to repentance right after John the Baptist is arrested for preaching in a similar way. Knowing that John was later executed, we see at the very outset the cost of discipleship. Still, the two sets of fisherman brothers leave everything they have known and worked for all their lives to follow Jesus and fish for people.

First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Repentance at Nineveh
Psalm: Psalm 62:6-14 (Psalm 62:5-12 NRSV)
In God is my safety and my honor. (Ps. 62:8)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Living in the end times
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
The calling of the disciples at the sea
Liturgical Color: Green

Congregational Meeting Reminder – January 25th

There is a congregational meeting (suspended format) Sunday after both worships. A quorum is required, and all voting members are asked to remain. We will receive the 2014 Annual Reports and elect the 2015 Nominating Committee.