May God fill you with his New goodness everyday in 2018
and may the love of Jesus overflow
from you to others throughout the year!
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Servants for Sunday, May 6, 2018
Acolyte: Zoey Bokan
Altar Guild: Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta
Assistant to the Pastor: Glenn Campbell
Assisting Minister: David Moser
Chalister: Denise Hoffert
Coffee Hour: Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta
Lector: Marianne Zellner
Ushers: Katie Fogel, Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta
Sunday, May 6, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ This Sunday's image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John's gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.
Servants for Sunday, May 13, 2018
Acolyte: Alyssa Milan
Altar Guild: Tina Milan, Alice Wallace
Assistant to the Pastor: Barbara Young
Assisting Minister: Pauli Connelly
Chalister: Quinette Brucker
Coffee Hour: Larry Brown, Tammy Welch
Lector: Larry Brown
Ushers: Greg & Cindy Frederick, Wendy Pepkowski, Tina Young
Sunday, May 13, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ The gospel for Easter's seventh Sunday is always taken from the long prayer Jesus prays for his followers in John's gospel on the night before his death, and always includes Jesus' desire that his followers will be one as he and the Father are one. This oneness is not mere doctrinal agreement or institutional unity, but mutual abiding, interpenetrating life, mutual love and joy. This oneness is the work of the Spirit whom we have received but also await. Come, Holy Spirit!
Servants for Sunday, May 20, 2018
Acolyte: Kenneth Young
Altar Guild: Barbara Young
Assistant to the Pastor: Bill Young
Assisting Minister: Tina Milan
Chalister: Linda Weaver
Coffee Hour: Gina Grekula, Cindy Hart, Cris Hess
Lector: Frank Petak, Jr.
Ushers: Ariana Klein, LeeAnn Malesky, Ron & Carol Miller
Sunday, May 20, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Day of Pentecost ~ On the fiftieth day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom and in whom the people of God are created and re-created. Pentecost is sometimes called the church's birthday, but might more appropriately be called its baptism day, since the gift of the Spirit is the fullness of baptism. Ezekiel's vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. Romans makes it clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire cosmos; yet the Spirit is also at work in the most intimate and personal way, praying in us "with sighs too deep for words" when we do not know how to pray.
Servants for Sunday, May 27, 2018
Acolyte: Gabrielle Miller
Altar Guild: Trisha Corcoran, Loretta Duch
Assistant to the Pastor: TBA
Assisting Minister: Tim Fulmer
Chalister: Kathy Fenstermacher
Coffee Hour: Amanda Bokan, Angela Fulmer, Denise Hoffert, Brenda Leister
Lector: Sharon Bender
Ushers: Amanda & Zoey Bokan, Larry Brown, Tammy Welch
Sunday, May 27, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Holy Trinity ~ When we say God is the Triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul's words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.
New Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church wishes you a blessed day
and we pray that Christ's message of eternal life fills you with hope and love!