…from Worship at Good Sam on May 24, 2014 (Pentecost Sunday)
1st Reading: Acts 2:1-21
PRAYER OF THE DAY Mighty God, you breathe life into our bones, and your Spirit brings truth to the world. Send us this Spirit, transform us by your truth, and give us language to proclaim your gospel, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
What language do you think is most beautiful? I used to think it was French. Lately I love to watch sign language. It is so expressive and evocative, almost like a dance. Love has it’s own language and vocabulary. Respect, admiration, affirmation and patience are among the vibrant motions and actions of love. But love is not simply a language of words, it is primarily a language of action, persistence, faithfulness and resilience. Becoming fluent in the language of love is a vital activity for those who know God through Jesus and especially for those who are called to share the Good News of God through Jesus Christ. It is so freeing to love someone through patience without having to convince, instruct, convert or contrive. This is simply one of the gifts and approaches that are abundant in the language of love.
”How Do You Speak the Language of Good News”
…from Worship at Good Sam on May 17, 2015 (Confirmation Sunday)
Worship Readings for this Sunday May 17th
PRAYER OF THE DAY Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
One of the best ways to build up a community is to share the stories that highlight where God moments have happened. Have you had a connection with a neighbor that seemed to suggest to you God was present and working? We want to hear from you! This summer we are prepared to make time in worship for you to share your stories of seeing God at work in the relationships or connections around you. Please tell Pastor Mitch about your experience and think about volunteering to share your story during our Mission Focus spotlight time. You can also write your story on a 3×5 card and place it on the Mission Focus Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. By doing this, we can see the multitude of ways where God is at work among us.
ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water is a year-long, youth-driven fundraising challenge to raise $500,000 in support of water-related projects of ELCA World Hunger. Thanks to a generous family, all gifts toward this goal will be matched, dollar for dollar, until we reach a total of $1 million! Together, we can make a difference, creating healthier families, stronger economies and a future filled with hope. For this year ONLY, we’ve launched a site for you to create your own fundraising events for ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water. Individual and team events are welcome. Visit the site here.
We have an exciting addition to our web presence: the ability to give online. Now you can make a gift or pay an activity registration fee anytime from anywhere you have web access. Here is the link – (Give) it a look. You can find this link in the welcome page of our website and on the “About Us” page under Resources.
Here are some things you should know about online giving.
- You can make a onetime gift or a recurring gift
- You can give to the General Fund or any Designated Fund
- You can set up an account and then you will have access to your online giving history anytime you want
- You can pay for any church activity fee, simply use the ‘Other’ category and designate what the payment is for
- You can make a gift from your credit card or an Electronic Transfer from your bank account. Please note: The fees we pay for this activity are significantly less for electronic transfers than for Credit Card gifts and you have the option of including an additional amount to cover the fee of a credit card gift if you so choose.
Please consider scheduling your giving to Good Sam through an automated payment method. My family has been using Bill Pay at our bank to make our church contributions for some time now and have just switched to electronic transfers through the website. This is the most efficient method for the church, for us personally and for the bank too. No postage, envelopes, or checks and the money is deposited directly into the church’s account.
Simply Giving is another method of making a recurring gift. It is a scheduled and preauthorized agreement to electronically debit your account for a gift to Good Sam. Talk to Rich S. if you would like to explore this option.
Thank you for all your faithful participation in life and ministry at Good Sam. Your consistent giving while you are away for Summer Holiday is another way you can support our work and mission together.
In the pews now, you may notice a new laminated pew card for online giving. This card has two purposes. First, if you are making your offering gifts to Good Sam through bill pay, Simply Giving or another automated process, we invite you to use this card and place it in the offering place as it is passed. It will give you a physical activity in worship to add to the quiet behind the scene activity of your automated giving. Second, notice the QR code on the back of the card. This Quick Response code can take you directly to our website giving page where you can make an online donation. You can do this anytime, from anywhere, but we invite you to make use of it in worship if it is convenient for you. Give it a try. You can also place this card in the offering plate to acknowledge the gift in a physical way. If nothing else, your pew neighbors will be impressed that you know what to do with that new pew card.
Construction on the playground is now complete. Join us on May 31st at 10:30 to noon for a cookout to show our appreciation for all who helped. All members of our church family as well as volunteers are invited for the celebration & blessing of the playground. If you would like to bring something to share at the cookout, please contact Cocoa M.
…from Worship at Good Sam on May 10, 2015
PRAYER OF THE DAY O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you that, loving you above all things, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all we can desire; through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Can you imagine that love is something you can pour? Imagine love being poured into you. Can you open to fully receive it? Can you allow it to fill you up? Can this pouring somehow overflow from you? How will you participate in its being poured? Yes, can you pour that same love into the lives of others, without judgement, without bias, without withholding? This is love that surely does not come from us, but must originate from God.
Message for the day: The Water and Blood or Pouring out Love
…from Worship at Good Sam on May 3, 2015
Worship Readings for this Sunday May 3rd
PRAYER OF THE DAY O God, you give us your Son as the vine apart from whom we cannot live. Nourish our life in his resurrection, that we may bear the fruit of love and know the fullness of your joy, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Guest faith story from Chris Van Camp