Join Pastor Pokora for Bible Study this evening at 7 pm (via Zoom). E-mail Pastor Pokora (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request the meeting id and password needed to join.
Preparation for the Food Pantry & Clothing Closet
Volunteers are needed to help put away the River Bend Food Bank delivery at All Saints Lutheran Church at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 21st.
Food Pantry & Clothing Closet Open on Saturdays
The Food Pantry & Clothing Closet are open every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm, even holiday weekends. Several volunteers are needed while the food pantry and clothing closet are open to the public. The food pantry & clothing closet serve about 125 families each and every week.
Children’s Sunday School
Calling all youth! Children’s Sunday school will meet on Sundays at 9:00 am in the library. As previously announced, Sunday school lessons will be on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month and Sunday school activities/service projects will be on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Contact Amanda or Marilyn if you would like to help teaching Sunday school and/or helping with activities/service projects.
Proclamation Ministry Team
You are invited to join Pastor and Roger at 9 am in the gathering space for an Adult Forum for the next three (3) weeks (September 24, October 1, & October 8). During this time the focus will be Stewardship: Imagine (see the article below).
All are welcome to join us for contemporary worship and fellowship time at All Saints Lutheran Church at 10 am!
Introduction for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost
Matthew narrates one of Jesus’ controversial parables in which Jesus says that the reign of God is like that of a landowner who pays his workers the same wage no matter what time of day they began to work. When God changes God’s mind about punishing Nineveh for their evil ways, Jonah is angry. Yet God is gracious and merciful, abounding in steadfast love. In baptism we receive the grace of God that is freely given to all. As Martin Luther wrote, in the presence of God’s mercy we are all beggars.
Scripture (two (2) read Sunday morning)
Jonah 3:10–4:11 God’s concern for the city of Nineveh
Psalm 145:1-8 The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Ps. 145:8)
Philippians 1:21-30 Standing firm in the gospel
Matthew 20:1-16 The parable of the vineyard workers
Theme & Write Up for the Season of Pentecost Autumn/November
written by Matt Reece, Director of Music Ministries
Open our hearts, Open our eyes, Open our hands
As we approach the end of the Pentecost season, our worship theme is “Open our hearts, Open our eyes, Open our hands.” This theme will guide us in a journey of spiritual growth and interconnectedness. Rooted in the teachings of Christ and the imagery of the vineyard, we will explore the transformative power of opening ourselves to God and others, fostering spiritual relationships characterized by understanding, forgiveness, and compassion.
Through our worship, we will reflect on the metaphor of the vineyard, understanding ourselves as branches of the same vine tended by God. This imagery will remind us of our interconnectedness and shared dependence on God’s love and grace. As we open our hearts, we will cultivate a disposition of humility and non-judgment, recognizing that every individual is a unique creation of God. By opening our eyes, we will seek to perceive the world with Christ-like compassion, acknowledging the struggles and joys of those around us. As we open our hands, we will embrace the transformative power of forgiveness and extend kindness to others, nurturing the spiritual relationships that bind us in the shared journey of faith. In this season, we will strive to embody Christ’s teachings by becoming vessels of His love and grace, fostering unity and renewal within our faith community and beyond.
By embodying these principles, we will actively participate in the flourishing of God’s Kingdom here on Earth, creating an environment of love, compassion, and grace that extends far beyond the boundaries of our congregation.