Preaching: Pastor Steve Knudson Sermon: "Worshiping God"
Leading into our discussions starting next weekend about the renovation of our worship space, we will look at how a worship space can shape how we experience the triune God. What happens in worship? Our first response is to say--we sing, we pray, we read the Bible, we hear a sermon, we do communion. The follow-up question is — what does God do in worship? When we come, what do we expect God to do? The essential answer is: God forgives. God shows us God's grace and mercy. We might add: God speaks to us in scripture and in God's word of grace. God gathers us at the table, and feeds us with the bread of life. God sends us out into the world to serve in Christ's name. God is the host, and we are the guests. God acts, and we receive in faith. The essential actions of worship are shaped by God: God gathers us, God speaks God's Word of Law and Gospel, God serves a meal, God sends us out.
10:15 a.m. in the Lower-Lever Fellowship Hall Loras College Philosopher Dr. Chris Lammer-Heindel teaches a course on science and religion and will talk about the current intellectual problems facing traditional Christianity in the present world.
10:15 a.m. in the Main-Level small Chapel
The force is strong with this one! Pr. Craig Brown will look at the new direction of the Star Wars anthology and see how it might tell us something about what’s happening with Christianity today.
Our Sunday Morning Children's Learning has wrapped up for the school year; we'll see you in September!
Starting in June you can stay connected to church and explore new, fun ways to grow your faith! Stop by the Welcome Desk any weekend, and check out one of the MANY Family Faith Kits we’ll have available for you to either check out, or take home to keep! Options include:
567 Ministries placemats: using Old and New Testament stories, paired with beautiful, original artwork, you can foster meaningful faith conversations at mealtime.
Movies With A Twist: did you know that there are great resources available to you that can spark faith conversations around your child’s favorite animated films? It’s true! Check out any one of the 17 kits we have, which include titles like Frozen, Rio, Planes Fire and Rescue, The Lego Movie and more!
Family Faith Jar: an easy way to jumpstart family faith discussions at home, Family Faith Jars have 48 practices that can be rotated through daily, weekly, or sporadically! Pick up this kit, have fun cutting them out together, decorate your jar together, and start a conversation! This is a kit you can KEEP!
Weekly Worship Kit: each week, we’ll have a kit of a few crafts or activities you can take home to connect what you’ve heard in worship, to your faith practices at home. Think Discovery Cove activities in your own home, or in the car on a road trip, or as a ‘boredom buster’! This is also a kit you can KEEP!
Kits will be available beginning in June, and while we know it will be super tempting to take them ALL home the first week, we suggest starting with ONE of the kits, and trying a new one each week. You’ll never be short of ways to keep connected to God this summer!