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Servant Schedule & Sermon Topics for March 2024



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NEW JERUSALEM EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH SENDS

OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

FOR A HAPPY, HEALTHY 2024!



May God fill you will his goodness every day and

may the love of Jesus overflow from you to others throughout the year!


 

In case of a pastoral emergency,

please contact Pastor Lisa Borrell at 610-838-0731 or email MizLKB@aol.com.

 

SERVANT SCHEDULES AND SERMON TOPICS


Greetings! Please consider volunteering to make our Worship Service safe and a success. We need you. We have several openings for volunteers. If you know someone who would love to help, and they do not have internet, feel free to give them my contact information. Robin (610-349-2586). Please help!


To Be Determined: Please use the sign-up sheets in the Narthex for volunteer opportunities, i.e., Acolytes, Pastor Assistants (Council Members), Assistant Ministers, Chalisters, Lectors, and Ushers. Thank you.


 


Saturday, March 2, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 4:30 p.m.

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Servants for Sunday, March 3, 2024

Altar Guild: Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to Pastor: Pat Leith

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Phyllis Reiss & Kathy Shermetta

Lector: Tim Fulmer

Sunday School Leader: TBA

Technology: Bill Young

Usher(s): Rita Frey & Jayne Schrantz


Sunday, March 3, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~ 3rd Sunday of Lent ~ 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 commandments 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. The Ten Commandments are essential to our baptismal call: centered first in God’s liberating love, we strive to live out justice and mercy in our communities and the world.


 



Servants for Sunday, March 10, 2024

Altar Guild: David Moser, Barbara Young

Assistant to Pastor: Bill Young

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Angie Fulmer, Jayne Schrantz, Kevin & Debra Schrantz

Lector: Cindy Ziegler

Sunday School Leader: TBA

Technology: TBA

Usher(s): Pat Leith & Deb Schrantz


Sunday, March 10, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

4th Sunday of Lent ~ 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.


 



Servants for Sunday, March 17, 2024

Altar Guild: Tina McCardle & Sarah Parente

Assistant to Pastor: TBA

Coffee/Fellowship Hour: Larry Brown & Tammy Welch, Ron Muschlitz

Lector: TBA

Sunday School Leader: TBA

Technology: TBA

Usher(s): Amanda & Zoey Bokan



Sunday, March 17, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~ 5th Sunday in Lent ~ 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 love and truth into our hearts. We join together in worship, sharing in word, song, and meal, and leave strengthened to share God’s love with all the world.


 



Servants for Sunday, March 24, 2024 for 10:00 a.m.

Altar Guild:  Sharon Bender & Tina Young

Assistant to Pastor: Sharon Bender

Coffee/Fellowship Hour:  Alice Palmieri &

Barbara Plohocki

Lector:  Sharon Bender

Sunday School Leader:  TBD

Technology:  Ben Fogel

Usher(s): TBA



Sunday, March 24, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~

Palm Sunday ~ This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.


 

Servants for Thursday, March 28, 2024

Altar Guild:  TBA

Assistant to Pastor:  TBA

Lector:  TBA

Usher(s):   TBA



Sunday, March 28, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. ~

Maundy Thursday ~ This evening our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Tonight, we remember Christ’s last meal with His disciples, but the central focus is His commandment that we live out the promise embodied in this meal. As Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, so we are called to give and receive love in humble service to one another. Formed into a new body in Christ through this holy meal, we are transformed by the mercy we have received and carry it into the world. Departing worship in solemn silence, we anticipate the coming days.


 

Servants for Friday, March 29, 2024

Altar Guild:  TBA

Assistant to Pastor:  TBA

Lector:  Denise Hoffert

Usher(s):   Rita Frey



Friday, March 29, 2024 ~ Worship Service at 7:00 p.m. ~ Good Friday ~ Life and death stand side by side as we enter into Good Friday. In John’s passion account, Jesus reveals the power and glory of God, even as He is put on trial and sentenced to death. Standing with the disciples at the foot of the cross, we pray for the whole world in the ancient bidding prayer, as Christ’s death offers life to all. We gather in solemn devotion, but always with the promise that the tree around which we assemble is indeed a tree of life. We depart silently, and we anticipate the culmination of the Three Days in the Easter Vigil.


 

Servants for Sunday, March 31, 2024 for 10:00 a.m.

Altar Guild:  Sarah Acker & Kathy Shermetta

Assistant to Pastor:  Terry Ravier

Coffee/Fellowship Hour:  8:47 a.m. Pre-Church Coffee Hour (PCCH) ~ Bring a favorite coffee hour item or breakfast item to share PRIOR to the worship service.

Lector:  TBA

Sunday School Leader:  NO Sunday School

Technology:  TBA

Usher(s):   TBA




Sunday, March 31, 2024 ~ Brass Quartet Preludes at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. ~ Easter Sunday ~ Christ is risen! Jesus is alive, and God has swallowed up death forever. With Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, we may feel astonished and confused, unsure of what to make of the empty tomb. But this is why we gather: to proclaim, witness, praise, and affirm the liberating reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. In word and feast, we celebrate God’s unending love, and depart to share this good news with all the world. Alleluia!


 



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​​May the beauty of God be reflected in your eyes, the love of God be

reflected in your hands, the wisdom of God be reflected in your words,

and the knowledge of God flow from your heart,

that all might see, and seeing, believe.


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Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present,

nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

God, the creator, Jesus, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the comforter,

bless you and keep you in eternal love.


The members of New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wish you a blessed day and we pray that your day is filled with hope, love, peace, and good health!

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