Join Pastor Pokora for Bible Study this evening at 7 pm (via Zoom).
To join use Meeting ID 749 7516 9733 and Password NTsdj8
Grace Lutheran Church Invites You!
Grace Lutheran Church invites you to attend a Life & Legacy Series on Thursdays during the month of May.
Preparation for the Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
Volunteers are needed to help load, unload, and put away the items from River Bend Food Bank. The load will be picked up at 8:30 am from River Bend Food Bank and unloaded at All Saints Lutheran Church at 9:15 am on Friday, May 12th.
Volunteers are always needed during the week to prepare boxes, stock the shelves, and hang/organize clothing.
Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
The Food Pantry & Clothing Closet are open every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm, even holiday weekends.
All are welcome to join us for worship and fellowship time at All Saints Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 14th, the 6th Sunday of Easter.
Children’s Sunday school – 9 am (through May 21st)
Worship – 10 am (sanctuary)
Fellowship/Refreshments – after worship (gathering space)
Theme & Write Up for the Season of Easter
written by Matt Reece, Director of Music Ministries
God’s grace transforms our suffering into feasting
Christ is risen – he is risen indeed! The shadows over the sun have cleared, and we rejoice in the risen Savior’s victory over sin and death.
During the season of Lent, we wore the sackcloth and ashes of silence and introspection. We looked into the shadows of ourselves and discovered God waiting for us even there. Now, a new morning has dawned. The stone has been rolled away. Suffering has been transformed into feasting. Our ears ring with shouts of “Hosanna!” and “Alleluia!”
Christ shares our suffering, and shows us God’s grace by remaining present with us even on our most difficult journeys. The trials of our lives don’t allow us to just flip a switch from darkness to light: each day is a pathway through both suffering and feasting. No matter the stones and roots we encounter on the path, God is constantly creating us anew to be filled with his Spirit of love and compassion.
As we celebrate the resurrection throughout the season of Easter, may our hearts be filled with love and light, and may our suffering be transformed into feasting.
Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.
Acts 17:22-31 – Paul’s message to the Athenians
Psalm 66:8-20 – Bless our God, you peoples; let the sound of praise be heard. (Ps. 66:8)
1 Peter 3:13-22 – The days of Noah, a sign of baptism
John 14:15-21 – Christ our advocate
SEIA Synod Revival
A Synod Revival titled “Imagine” will be held Saturday, May 20th from 10 am – 3 pm at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. To learn more visit: https://sites.google.com/seiasynod.org/synodrevivalorg/home/
What is a Synod Revival? It is a one-day event present by Southeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA designed to nourish and connect people and to reimagine our relationships in and with the church. This event is free of charge and intended to be a joyful fun gathering for all ages full of inspiration, worship, food, and prayer. Bring your friends, neighbors, family, or anyone and watch what God does!