This Week in Worship – for Sunday, January 25th

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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.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, January 18th

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All the baptized have a calling in God’s world. God calls not just the clergy but also the youngest child, like Samuel. The story of the calling of Nathanael plays with the idea of place. Nathanael initially dismisses Jesus because he comes from Nazareth. But where we come from isn’t important; it’s where—or rather whom—we come to. Jesus refers to the story of the vision of Jacob, who called the place of his vision “the house of God, and … the gate of heaven” (Gen. 28:17). Jesus says he himself is the place where Nathanael will meet God.

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20]
The calling of Samuel
Psalm: Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 (Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 NRSV)
You have searched me out and known me. (Ps. 139:1)
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Glorify God in your body
Gospel: John 1:43-51
The calling of the first disciples
Liturgical Color: Green

Sandwiches for Superbowl Sunday

Dear Disciples of Jesus at APLC:

The youth gearing up for the ELCA National Youth Gathering are now taking orders for those of you who want sub sandwiches on Superbowl Sunday.

I’ve attached the order form in the event you would like to order by e-mail. The subs are 12″ and limited to regular white sub roles.

Sub Sale Fundraiser Order Form

The subs will be made available to you on Sunday, February 1st, so you can pick them up after worship that morning.

Pastor Jeffrey Ingold



This Week in Worship – for Sunday, January 11th

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Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit/wind moved over the waters. Both Mark’s gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit’s movement that distinguishes Jesus’ baptism from John’s. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God’s beloved children and setting us on Jesus’ mission to re-create the world in the image of God’s vision of justice and peace.

First Reading: Genesis 1:1-5
God creates light
Psalm: Psalm 29
The voice of the LORD is upon the waters. (Ps. 29:3)
Second Reading: Acts 19:1-7
Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Gospel: Mark 1:4-11
Revelation of Christ as God’s servant
Liturgical Color: White

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, January 4th

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Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word continues to dwell among us. Christ comes among us in the gathered assembly, the scriptures, the waters of new birth, and the bread and the wine. Through these ordinary gifts we receive the fullness of God’s grace and truth.

First Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14
Joy at the gathering of God’s scattered flock
Psalm: Psalm 147:13-21 (Psalm 147:12-20 NRSV)
Worship the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. (Ps. 147:13)
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
The will of God made known in Christ
Gospel: John 1:[1-9] 10-18
God with us: the incarnation of the Word
Liturgical Color: White

“Good News” Newsletter – January 2015

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

Abiding Presence Good News – January 2015

In this issue:

  • Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity
  • Special Worship for Triangle Lutheran Churches
  • Christmas Finale Concert
  • Agapé-Kure Beach Activities

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at

Advent at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church is a vibrant and growing congregation in southern Wake County. Organized as a new mission church in October 1992, we’ve recently added a Fellowship Hall and new Sanctuary to our facilities. Please join us in worship to experience God working in our midst.

A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in Fuquay-Varina, NC.

Sermon for November 9, 2014

Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Sermon by Pastor Diane Amidon
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, November 9th

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Today the prophet Amos calls for justice to roll down like waters. Paul urges us to encourage one another with the promised coming of the Lord. Jesus tells the parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Surrounded by the faithful of every time and place, we celebrate Christ’s coming in our midst in the word of life and the feast of victory—the marriage feast of the lamb.

First Reading: Amos 5:18-24
Let justice roll down like waters
Psalm: Psalm 70
You are my helper and deliverer; O LORD, do not tarry. (Ps. 70:6)
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The promise of the resurrection
Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13
The story of the wise and foolish bridesmaids
Liturgical Color: Green