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,September 1 & 2, 2018
Acolyte: Alyssa Milan
Altar Guild: Alice Wallace; Barbara Young
Assistant to the Pastor: Pat Leith
Assisting Minister: Tina Milan
Chalister: Kathy Fenstermacher
Coffee Hour: Lee Ann Malesky, Doris Smith, Alice Wallace, Jo Ann Young
Lector: Tammy Welch
Ushers: Glenn Campbell, Greg & Cindy Frederick, Barbara Young
Saturday, September 1, 2018 (Worship Service at 6:00 p.m.) AND
Sunday, September 2, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We, having been washed in the word when we were born in the font, return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.
Servants for Sunday, September 9, 2018
Acolyte: Ben Fogel
Altar Guild: Barbara Young
Assistant to the Pastor: Marianne Zellner
Assisting Minister: Barbara Young
Chalister: Joyce Leith
Coffee Hour: Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kathy Shermetta
Lector: Quinette Brucker
Ushers: Glenn Cressman, Jere & Phyllis Reiss, Kenneth Young
Sunday, September 9, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. Everyone who brings her or his need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.
Servants for Sunday, September 16, 2018
Acolyte: Alyssa Milan
Altar Guild: Trisha Corcoran, Loretta Duch
Assistant to the Pastor: Tina McCardle
Assisting Minister: David Moser
Chalister: Linda Weaver
Coffee Hour: Larry Brown, Tammy Welch
Lector: Tim Fulmer
Ushers: Cindy Hart, Ron & Carol Miller, Kathy Shermetta
Sunday, September 16, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Three weeks ago we heard John’s gospel’s version of Peter’s confession of faith. This week we hear Mark’s version, when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” In John, the stumbling block is Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh, given for the life of the world. In Mark too the scandal has to do with Jesus’ words about his own coming death, and here Peter himself stumbles over Jesus’ words. But Jesus is anointed (the meaning of “messiah”) in Mark only on the way to the cross (14:3); so we are anointed in baptism with the sign of the cross.
Servants for Sunday, September 23, 2018
Acolyte: Kenneth Young
Altar Guild: Sarah Acker, Kathy Shermetta
Assistant to the Pastor: Cindy Ziegler
Assisting Minister: Cindy Ziegler
Chalister: Sharon Bender
Coffee Hour: Amanda Bokan, Angie Fulmer, Denise Hoffert, Brenda Leister
Lector: Tim Fulmer
Ushers: Larry Brown, Tina & Alyssa Milan, Tammy Welch
Sunday, September 23, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. Then, to make it concrete, he puts in front of them an actual flesh~and~blood child. We are called to welcome the particular children God puts in front of us, to make room for them in daily interaction, and to give them a place of honor in the assembly.
Servants for Sunday, September 30, 2018
Acolyte: Zoey Bokan
Altar Guild: Alice Wallace, Barbara Young
Assistant to the Pastor: Glenn Campbell
Assisting Minister: Tim Fulmer
Chalister: Quinette Brucker
Coffee Hour: Ron & Carol Miller
Lector: Marianne Zellner
Ushers: Katie Fogel, Greg & Cindy Frederick, Arianna Klein
Sunday, September 30, 2018 (Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.) ~ Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost ~ Someone is casting out demons in Jesus’ name who isn’t part of Jesus’ own circle, and the disciples want him stopped. They appeal to Jesus, as Joshua did to Moses about the elders who prophesied without official authorization. Like Moses, Jesus refuses to see this as a threat. Jesus welcomes good being done in his name, even when it is not under his control. The circle we form around Jesus’ word must be able to value good being done in ways we wouldn’t do it, by people we can’t keep tabs on.
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!