This Week in Worship – for Sunday, November 2nd

All Saints Sunday All Saints_Year A

All Saints celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who are the body of Christ. As November heralds the dying of the landscape in many northern regions, the readings and liturgy call us to remember all who have died in Christ and whose baptism is complete. At the Lord’s table we gather with the faithful of every time and place, trusting that the promises of God will be fulfilled and that all tears will be wiped away in the new Jerusalem.

First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
The multitudes of heaven worship the Lamb
Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Fear the LORD, you saints of the LORD. (Ps. 34:9)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-3
We are God’s children
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Liturgical Color: White

“Good News” Newsletter – November 2014

The November 2014 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – November 2014

In this issue:

  • All Saints’ Sunday
  • A Musical Holiday
  • Oktoberfest is a Success!
  • LYO Rally & Hike-a-Thon

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at

Congregational Meeting – November 16th

There will be a congregational meeting between services on November 16, 2015, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Members worshiping at 8:30 are asked to stay for the meeting. Those planning to worship at 11:00 are asked to arrive by 9:45 for the meeting.

The agenda for this meeting consists of two items:

  1. Review and vote on the proposed budget for 2015
  2. Election of Church Council members for terms beginning January 1, 2015

A quorum is required. Please plan to attend.

Calendar for the Week of October 26th

Sunday, October 26—Reformation Sunday
9:45am—Sunday School for all ages

Monday, October 27
6:30pm—Worshipful Dancers

Tuesday, October 28
6:45pm—7:45pm—Praise Band Rehearsal—Sanctuary
7:00pm—Organization and Policy Team—Fellowship Hall

Wednesday, October 29
APPLESeeds—No School—Teachers’ Work Day
10:00am—OWLs—Fellowship Hall
5:30pm—Koinonia Meal
6:30pm—2015 Budget Workshop
6:30pm—Koinonia Programs

Thursday, October 30
11:30am—12:30pm—APPLESeeds Halloween Party and Parade

Friday, October 31—Halloween

Saturday, November 1
Youthquake Raleigh
9:00am—10:00am—Altar Guild—Work Room

Sunday, November 2—All Saints Sunday
2:00am—Daylight Savings Time Ends
9:45am—Sunday School for all ages

Photos for All Saints Sunday

On November 2nd, we will celebrate All Saints’ Sunday. If you would like to display a photo of a departed loved one who was a faithful inspiration in your life, please bring your photo with you to worship on November 2nd.  Arrive a few minutes early to allow you time to place your photo on the display near the Baptismal Font in the Sanctuary.  Please label your photo appropriately so that it can be returned to you if you forget to pick it up.


The Lego Club at Holly Ridge Middle School is looking for donations for the club, which especially serves youngsters on the Autism Spectrum.  Any donations of previously loved Legos, Duplo, K’nex or Kre-o would be gladly accepted. For questions or to donate, please see Briant or Rose Knechtel or contact them at [email protected] or 919-552-9973.  Thank you.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, October 26th

Reformation SundayReform_Year A

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! Though we give thanks for the events of the sixteenth-century Reformation that brought renewal to the church of that time, we pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34
I will write my law in their hearts, says the LORD
Psalm: Psalm 46
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Ps. 46:4)
Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
Justified by God’s grace as a gift
Gospel: John 8:31-36
Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truth
Liturgical Color: Red

Calendar for the Week of October 19th

Sunday, October 19
9:45am—Sunday School for all ages

Monday, October 20
6:30pm—Worshipful Dancers

Tuesday, October 21
6:45pm—7:45pm—Praise Band Rehearsal—Sanctuary

Wednesday, October 22
10:00am—OWLs—Fellowship Hall
5:30pm—Koinonia Meal
6:30pm—Koinonia Programs

Thursday, October 23
7:00pm—Women’s BLB—Bunco at APLC Fellowship Hall

Friday, October 24

Saturday, October 25
8:00am—1:00pm—Camp Agape Fall Work Day
5:00pm—APLC Halloween Party

Sunday, October 26—Reformation Sunday
9:45am—Sunday School for all ages
5:30pm—6:30pm—APE Kids and Mustard Seeds—Fellowship Hall

Commitment Cards – It’s not too late!

Thank you to the over 1/2 of our members who have turned in your commitment card this past week. With your pledge of time, talent & treasure the leaders at APLC can better prepare for the 2015 ministry year.  If you have not been able to fill out a card, ask one of the ushers for one this morning, then put it into the offering plate.  Thank you for your commitment to APLC!

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, October 19th

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Lect29_Year A

In today’s first reading God uses the Gentile ruler Cyrus to accomplish divine purposes. When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus, he tells them to give the emperor what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God. To gather for worship reminds us that our ultimate allegiance is to God rather than to any earthly authority. Created in the image of God, we offer our entire selves in the service of God and for the sake of the world.

First Reading: Isaiah 45:1-7
An earthly ruler as the instrument of God’s will
Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9 [10-13]
Ascribe to the LORD honor and power. (Ps. 96:7)
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thanksgiving for the church at Thessalonica
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-22
A teaching on giving to the emperor and to God
Liturgical Color: Green