Good Sam Happenings
April 2 [Sunday Theme] Sunday of Hope “Relay for Life – Luminaries”
April 5 ◊ Soup and Bread Meal @ 5:30 pm ◊ Evening Worship (Vespers) @ 6:30 pm
April 9 [Sunday Theme] Palm / Passion Sunday
April 13 ◊ Maundy Thursday Service @ 7pm (New Commandment Thursday)
April 14 ◊ Good Friday Service @ 7pm (the Passion of Jesus According to John)
April 16 [Sunday Theme] Easter Sunday
Early Worship 8:45 am (Traditional) with Hallelujah Chorus
Easter Brunch (pot-luck) 10 am
Late Worship 11:10 am (Contemporary Music) with Hallelujah Chorus
April 21 ◊ Red Cross Blood Drive at Good Sam, 1 pm until 6 pm
April 23 [Sunday Theme] Easter Cantata Sunday “Kingdom, Power, Glory”
April 30 [Sunday Theme] “Really Present: Easter Continues”
Prayer: Bend your ear to our prayers, Lord Christ, and come among us. By your gracious life and death for us, bring light into the darkness of our hearts, and anoint us with your Spirit, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer: Merciful God, the fountain of living water, you quench our thirst and wash away our sin. Give us this water always. Bring us to drink from the well that flows with the beauty of your truth through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer: O God, our leader and guide, in the waters of baptism you bring us to new birth to live as your children. Strengthen our faith in your promises, that by your Spirit we may lift up your life to the entire world through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
In an effort to get acquainted with everyone and get to know our families and friends, each week we will spotlight on a Family or Friend of Good Sam Lutheran Church, In addition we will be posting pictures and locations of where our families are originally from in the Fellowship Hall on the Big US Map. It’s interesting to see where we all hail from. We truly are Finding our neighbors along the journey of faith!
This weeks spotlight is Rich Slavik
Rich was born and raised in Bergenfield NJ and has one younger brother, Rich enlisted in the United States Navy after high school and worked in Aviation Maintenance. He retired as a Master Chief. Rich is active in his community and Church and serves as Coordinator for the “Our Daily Bread” Food pantry. Rich enjoys spending his free time watching sports, playing board games and occasionally playing a round of golf.
Stop by and introduce yourself if you have not met them.
As we enter the season of Lent, I begin to contemplate. I think about ways in which I can be present with others. I think about things that I [perhaps] need to release from my own life. As I ponder, I realize what I need most is to meditate on God’s Word and just listen.
During Lent, people often make some sort of change—whether it be giving something up or engaging in a new discipline. Whatever it may be, that change can be challenging. But, if we look in our scriptural “toolbox,” God gives us encouragement through His Word all along the way. If we ponder on it, it becomes more engrained within us—easier, something we can readily access.
So this year, during the Lenten season, I’m taking one scripture each week to allow me time to really internalize and digest the message God wants to reveal. I use God’s Word to settle my mind and create space to allow the Holy Spirit to speak. When I fill my mind with the Word of God, there’s no room for all the chatter. For me, this is basically putting God at the helm. By beginning each day meditating on His Word, I’m allowing Him to be my guide. It may be that’s all He wants from me–giving my time to Him first. It may be that He is leading me to grow in an area of my life. This, I don’t know. What I do know, is that spending time really meditating—or pondering—on His word helps me to grow as a Christian and in the body of Christ.
I invite you to join me in this journey of meditating, or pondering, on a scripture each week beginning on Ash Wednesday. I’m calling this journey “40 Days to Ponder.” My hope is that others might find scriptural meditation to be a useful discipline. If you’d like to take this journey, I’ve included the Bible verses I’ll be using. Feel free to use them or find ones that speak to you. If you’d like to journey together or talk about it, please contact me.
Enjoy the journey!
God Bless, Gail Wathen
Week 1: Philippians 4:13
Week 2: Isaiah 41:10
Week 3: 2 Corinthians 12:9
Week 4: John 14:27
“ If you notice in my suggestions, the first three weeks focus on strength. This was intentional. I for one find myself drawing on God’s strength daily. As I embark on a journey through lent, and discern how God is working in my life and perhaps leading me to make some changes, I will need His strength more than ever. My thoughts are that perhaps others may experience similar feelings. The last week/scripture focuses on God’s peace. John reminds us in this passage that Jesus left us with a gift when he ascended back into heaven—a gift that the world can’t give. He left us His peace. We can tap into Him at any time and He will show us how to get back to Him and how to feel the depth of spirit that brings us peace again. He alone can provide that peace that stills the mind, renews our strength and restores our soul.” –Gail
Prayer: Lord God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
From Worship at Good Sam – “Where All the Law and the Prophets Sing Out Together: There is Jesus” – February 26, 2017
Prayer: O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah, and in the voice from the bright cloud declaring Jesus your beloved Son, you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us heirs with Christ of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Prayer: Holy God of compassion, you invite us into your way of forgiveness and peace. Lead us to love our enemies, and transform our words and deeds to be like his through whom we pray, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.