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Farming 4 Hunger | Gathering at the Farm Sept. 8, 2018

On Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 A.M. – 12 Noon, we’ll have an all-congregation “God’s Work. Our Hands.” activity as we gather at Farming 4 Hunger—Serenity Farms in Benedict, MD.  This activity gathers our Tri-County ELCA partners–St. Nicholas Lutheran, Huntington MD and Peace Lutheran, Waldorf, MD churches

to harvest, enjoy fellowship and get to know each other and everyone at the Farm.  Come meet our neighbors where they are and make new connections!  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with our partners.  They’ll be inside and outside tasks to do for all physical levels.  Here are some items you might want to bring along (if you have them) in prep for the harvest:  wear your God’s Work. Our Hands. T-shirts, gloves (for you and kiddos), shovel, spade, hoe, digging fork, water to keep hydrated and a picnic lunch.  Come and join us!  All are fed at the farm.

Connections That Carry the Light Touch of God

Acts 11:19-26

Bang.  Frieda popped into my head.  Why would that be?  Sometimes a particular person will just pop into your head.  Have you had this happen to you?   You might know why, or maybe you have no idea at that moment why you are thinking about that person.

Something like this happens to Barnabas when he was sent to Antioch to investigate some rumors.  What was happening there?  Why were these Jewish Christians having interactions with Greek speaking people and how is it that these Greeks were receiving Jesus?  Barnabas was amazed at what he saw.  It warmed his heart and inspired his spirit to see that the faith of these new Greek Christians we bright, alive and Spirit filled.  How could this be?  What was God doing and who would know how to engage this new possibility?

What he saw, warmed his spirit and engaged his mind… and he thought of Saul, well Paul actually.  Some years earlier Saul of Tarsus have been converted to faith in Christ after he had previously persecuted Jewish Christians.  But his first months of Christian life and faith had gotten him into more debates, scrabbles and augments than any of these young Christians were comfortable with.  So, he was invited to return home to Tarsus.

But Barnabas remembers Saul, who had become “Paul” in his conversion.  He remembered how insightful and passionate Paul’s was.  Barnabas remembered that Paul grew up in a Greek speaking community and understood these Gentiles as well as the Christian faith.  He might be a perfect fit to encourage this new community in faith.What he saw, warmed his spirit and engaged his mind… and he thought of Saul, well Paul actually.  Some years earlier Saul of Tarsus have been converted to faith in Christ after he had previously persecuted Jewish Christians.  But his first months of Christian life and faith had gotten him into more debates, scrabbles and augments than any of these young Christians were comfortable with.  So, he was invited to return home to Tarsus.

God as a way of making use of each of our unique gifts, experiences and abilities, even when they seem to not be valued or needed at one time or another.  It is always our work to find the places where God will use us to make a difference in the lives of others.  Barnabas played his role and helped Paul find his.

God is still doing wonders among us like this, building community and shaping our lives to care for people we come to meet and know.  It is a curious wonder how God works in our lives filled with great graciousness.  This work we do of finding our neighbors along the journey of faith can indeed be godly work, filled with the activity of Christ among us.

Just as my heart is thankful for Barnabas and Paul, so I pray for this time and our gifts that we might be alive in the Spirit and attentive to God’s activity within us and around us.  This is the Graciousness of God at work.  AMEN.

–Pastor Mitch Watney

September Highlights

Good Sam Happenings 

September 2 [Sunday Theme] “Centered on God”

September 9 [Sunday Theme] “Along the Way”

            ◊ RALLY DAY – 11:00 am all Congregation Picnic with games, fun, activities and hotdogs and hamburgers to share.  Bring a side dish. 

September 16 [Sunday Theme] “Hold the Tongue, Reserve Judgement and Wait on the Lord”

September 23 [Sunday Theme] “Stories from the National Youth Gather in Huston”

           ◊ Youth Sunday

September 30 [Sunday Theme] “A Share of the Spirit”

          ◊ Welcome of New Members

 

Sunday’s Sermon: August 26, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 26, 2018, Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18,Psalm 34:15-22, Ephesians 6:10-20,John 6:56-69 

Sermon: “A Feast of Hope”

Prayer: Holy God, your word feeds your people with life that is eternal. Direct our choices and preserve us in your truth, that, renouncing what is false and evil, we may live in you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Sunday’s Sermon: August 19, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 19, 2018, Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Proverbs 9:1-6, Psalm 34:9-14, Ephesians 5:15-20, John 6:51-58

Sermon: “Finding Jesus in the Bread”

Prayer: Ever-loving God, your Son gives himself as living bread for the life of the world. Fill us with such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 5, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on August 5, 2018, Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Exodus 16:2-4,9-15, Psalm 78:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35

Sermon: “Come in For What You Need, Stay For The Needs of Others 

Prayer: O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

August Highlights

Good Sam Happenings 

August 5 [Sunday Theme] “Come in for What You Need, Stay for the Needs of Others”

August 12 [Sunday Theme] “When Bread is More Than “Bread”

August 19 [Sunday Theme] “Finding Jesus in the Bread”

August 26 [Sunday Theme] “A Feast of Hope”

 

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, July 29, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 29, 2018, Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: 2 Samuel 11:1-15, Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21

Sermon: A Message from Pastor Carlsen 

Prayer: Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that we may know your Son to be the true bread of heaven and share this bread with all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from John’s Gospel.

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 15, 2018, Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Amos 7:7-15, Psalm 85:8-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29

Sermon: A Measured Course and a Plumb Line

Prayer: O God, from you come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works. Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 8, 2018

…from Worship at Good Sam on July 8, 2018, Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Lessons: Ezekiel 2:1-5, Psalm 123, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13

Sermon: I Forgot to Check My Hearing Aids…

Prayer:  God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The sermon begins after the reading from Mark’s Gospel.

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