Word for the Week

Sunday, March 26, 2017 Fourth Sunday in Lent Introduction

Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. I was blind, but now I see, declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved sons and daughters. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Samuel anointed David even though he was the eighth-oldest son of Jesse and did not match his brothers in height or other physical characteristics. With the anointing came endowment with the Spirit of the Lord, designating David as the Lord’s chosen successor to Saul.

Psalm: Psalm 23

You anoint my head with oil. (Ps. 23:5)

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

Because we now live in the divine light that is Jesus Christ, we conduct our lives in ways that reflect the light of Christ, so that our activity is truly pleasing to God.

Gospel: John 9:1-41

Jesus heals a man born blind, provoking a hostile reaction that he regards as spiritual blindness to the things of God.

Prayer of the Day

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.

Theme for the Lent

We are Chosen.
Lent is a season of remembering that we were formed by God and called by name.

We are Filled.
Lent is a season of refocusing our priorities and opening ourselves to God’s will through the Holy Spirit.

We are Saved.
Lent is a season of witnessing the steadfast faith, humble service, and ultimate sacrifice of Jesus.

We are Called.
Lent is a season of reflecting on our own faith and our position on the path God laid out for us.

In the midst of our stillness and reflection, wherever we are on that path, we hear the same message: Expose the Darkness. Testify to the Light.

What darkness is God calling you to expose?
How can you testify to the light of Christ?
How is All Saints being called to bring peace, hope, and light to this community?

Remember that none of us walk alone or unprepared.  We are:

Chosen by God
Filled with the Spirit
Saved by Grace
Called to Believe

We are the light of the world. Let our light pierce the darkness!

Shared Ministry Update

We are very pleased to announce that we have hired Pastor David Aanonson as our interim pastor. Pastor Aanonson will start his ministry with us on Sunday, April 2nd. St. James Lutheran Church and All Saints Lutheran Church will be “sharing” Pastor Aanonson, which means both congregations will be changing their worship service times. St. James will move their worship service to 9:00 am and All Saints will move their worship service to 10:30 am with Children’s Sunday school at 9:30 am. Pastor Aanonson’s office hours at All Saints will be on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm beginning April 4th.

Sunday Morning Time Changes begin April 2nd and are as follows:
9:00 am Men’s Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Ardor Rehearsal
9:30 am Children’s Sunday school
10:30 am Worship
11:30 am Fellowship

Mid-week worship during Lent

We will have a soup supper on Wednesdays during the season of Lent (March 22nd, 29th, and April 5th) at 6:00 pm in the gathering space followed by the mid-week Lenten worship service (Holden Evening Prayer) at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary led by Matt Reece, Sharon Martin, and Wanda Barber.

The proclamation team is looking for volunteers to bring soup, bread, butter, crackers, set-up and clean-up each week. Please sign up on the clipboard on the “Many Hands Make Light Work!” wall in the gathering space. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break during our busy week to fellowship over food and worship together. We hope you will join us!

There will be worship on Maundy Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm as well as worship on Good Friday, April 14th at 7:00 pm.

Autism Awareness!

The first Royal Ball Run fund-raiser for 2017 will be held tomorrow, Thursday, March 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Camden Centre in Milan, IL. There will be a dinner of tacos, rice, beans, chips, and salsa provided by Rudy’s Tacos, a free will donation will be collected for the dinner. There will also be a bake sale and raffle items to purchase. All proceeds will benefit Quad City area autism programs and efforts to increase autism awareness. For more information see the kiosk in the gathering space, talk to Scott and Anne Holtan or visit www.royalballrun.com.

All Saints will again collect money to donate to the Royal Ball Run. Our goal is to collect at least $500.00 by April 30th so that our church name will be listed on the back of the shirts that are handed out to all who participate in the Royal Ball Run in June. Last year we donated $700! Please mark your donation clearly (Royal Ball Run) on your check or envelop and place it in the offering plate on Sunday mornings.