Education

Worship Insight: Hospitality

“If the Eucharist (Holy Communion) is the birthright of all the baptized, the exercise of hospitality is the responsibility of all the baptized. Gathering around word and sacrament is central to the life of the community, just so, the exercise of hospitality by the assembly is primary. Those who serve formally as greeters, ushers, and coffee hour hosts are important and perform significant functions, but they do not take over the role for the rest of the assembly.  All are welcomed into this most public activity of the church.”  (Sundays and Seasons).

 

Adult Bible Study This Tuesday

Pastor Ingrid will lead the Tuesday Bible Study group again on Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00 PM in the Adult Forum Room and will continue the tradition of meeting at Pezzo’s in Long Valley to share lunch (“Dutch Treat”) at 12:00 PM before heading over to the church.

 

Educational Classes Today

Sunday school parents and children will meet in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM for opening. The Adult Forum will meet at 9:15 AM in the Splash Room. The topic of discussion will be: Planning your funeral. Rather than depressing, it’s very caring to plan for your funeral so that your loved ones don’t have to make too many decisions during a time of trauma and grief.

 

WORSHIP INSIGHT: Creeds

One of the ecumenical creeds (Apostles’ or Nicene) is spoken as part of the assembly’s proclamation of and response to the word of God. The third and longer Athanasian Creed is rarely used in worship. Although the Nicene Creed was once exclusively associated with the Communion service, more recent Lutheran practice alternates the use of the Nicene and Apostles’ creeds. The Nicene is especially suitable on festivals days and during the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Easter. The Apostles’ is especially suitable for the season of Lent, with its emphasis on the renewal of baptism, and for Sundays for which the color is green (seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost).

Adult Bible Study This Tuesday

The Tuesday Bible Study will meet again on Tuesday, May 7th at 1:00 PM in the Adult Forum Room and will continue the tradition of meeting at Pezzo’s in Long Valley to share lunch (“Dutch Treat”) at 12:00 PM before heading over to the church.

 

Worship Insight: Gospel Verse

The Gospel Verse is sung by the congregation to introduce the gospel reading for the day.  We pay special attention to the reading from one of the Gospels as a way of

revealing that the gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ crucified and risen is at heart of all of the readings. The “stand-by” Gospel Verse is printed in the hymnal: “Alleluia. Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Alleluia.”  These are the words from Peter’s mouth when Jesus asked him if he wanted to leave as many others were doing.

 

Adult Bible Study Will Resume This Tuesday

The Tuesday Bible Study will meet again on Tuesday, April 30th at 1:00 PM in the Adult Forum Room and will continue the tradition of meeting at Pezzo’s in Long Valley to share lunch (“Dutch Treat”) at 12:00 PM before heading over to the church.

 

EDUCATIONAL CLASSES RESUMES

Sunday school will resume this Sunday. Parents and children will meet in the Sanctuary at 9:00 AM for opening. The Adult Forum will resume at 9:15 AM in the Splash Room. Crossroads Director Anthony Briggs will be on hand this week to discuss how our partnership with Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center is an investment in faith formation for all ages and leadership development for the church of today and tomorrow.

Adult Forum 4/28

April 28- Complex Social Issues: Abortion & the Death Penalty. Based in the understanding that God works through good government, we’ll look at two applications of March’s adult forums (e.g., “Beyond Church & State: How God works in the world & church”) in the form of social statements of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Abortion (1991) and The Death Penalty (1991)

No Adult Bible Study Next Tuesday

The Tuesday Bible Study will take a break for Holy Week and will not meet next Tuesday, April 16th. The group will meet again on Tuesday, April 23rd at 1:00 PM in the Adult Forum Room and will continue the tradition of meeting at Pezzo’s in Long Valley to share lunch (“Dutch Treat”) at 12:00 PM before heading over to the church.