All Saints Sunday

Sunday, November 5th is All Saints Sunday. During the worship service we will be recognizing those who have gone before us by reading their name(s) and lighting a candle in their honor. Please sign-up on the clipboard located on the kiosk in the gathering space. If you have any questions, please contact Pat @ 563.285.9895 or a member of the Proclamation Ministry Team (Laura McCreery, Pat Howell, and Scott Holtan). There will be cookies and punch after the service in the gathering space.

This Week and Beyond – October 18th

This Week

Wednesday, October 18th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Pastor Amy’s Office Hours @ St. James
5:45 pm QC Studio Z – Zumba (fellowship hall)

Thursday, October 19th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Pastor Amy’s Office Hours @ All Saints
5:30 pm QC Studio Z – Zumba set-up for Glow Party

Friday, October 20th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Pastor Amy’s Office Hours @ St. James
5:30 pm QC Studio Z – Zumba annual Halloween Glow Party (fellowship hall)

Saturday, October 21st
9:30 am QC Studio Z – Zumba (fellowship hall)
9:30 am – 12:00 pm Clothing Closet Work Day
1:00 – 3:00 pm Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

Sunday, October 22nd
9:00 – 9:45 am Ardor rehearsal (sanctuary)
9:30 – 10:15 am Children’s Sunday school (downstairs classroom)
9:45 – 10:15 am Men’s Choir rehearsal (sanctuary)
10:30 am Worship (sanctuary)
11:30 Fellowship Time (gathering space)
4:30 pm Joint Parish Faith Formation begins (7-week study) @ All Saints (sanctuary/gathering space) week #4
6:00 pm Live Nativity planning meeting @ All Saints (gathering space)

Monday, October 23rd
No Office Hours for Pastor Amy
5:45 pm QC Studio Z – Zumba (fellowship hall)

Tuesday, October 24th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Pastor Amy’s Office Hours @ All Saints
12:00 pm e-weekly articles/announcements deadline
6:00 pm SoundReach fall session (sanctuary)

Wednesday, October 25th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Pastor Amy’s Office Hours @ St. James
5:45 pm QC Studio Z – Zumba (fellowship hall)

Beyond

Sunday, October 29th
9:00 – 9:45 am Ardor rehearsal (sanctuary)
9:30 – 10:15 am Children’s Sunday school (downstairs classroom)
9:45 – 10:15 am Men’s Choir rehearsal (sanctuary)
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Reformation Fair @ St. James
10:30 am Worship (sanctuary)
11:30 Fellowship Time (gathering space)
4:30 pm Joint Parish Faith Formation begins (7-week study) @ All Saints (sanctuary/gathering space) week #5

Sunday, November 5th
10:30 am All Saints Sunday with remembrance and candle lighting
4:30 pm Joint Parish Faith Formation begins (7-week study) @ All Saints (sanctuary/gathering space) week #6

Tuesday, November 7th
5:30 pm Fit4Mom Stroller Strides class begins (fellowship hall)

Thursday, November 16th
6:30 pm Together in Christ Parish Board meeting @ All Saints (???)

Tuesday, November 21st
5:30 pm Pie Fest @ St. James
7:00 pm Thanksgiving “Eve” Worship @ St. James

Wednesday, November 22nd
Office closed

Thursday, November 23rd
Thanksgiving Day – Office Closed

Friday, November 24th
Office Closed

Sunday, November 26th
Church decorating following worship

Tuesday, December 5th
Salvation Army Meal site
6:00 pm SoundReach fall session concert (sanctuary)

Wednesday, December 6th
5:30 pm Worship Planning meeting (library)

Sunday, December 24th
9:00 am No worship @ St. James
10:30 am Worship – Advent 4 @ All Saints
4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family worship @ St. James
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion and candle lighting @ All Saints

Monday, December 25th
Christmas Day – Office Closed

Word for the Week

Sunday, October 15, 2017 Lectionary 28 Introduction

In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God.

Prayer of the Day

Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

First Reading: Isaiah 25:1-9

After a hymn of praise acknowledging God as a shelter for the poor, the prophet portrays a wonderful victory banquet at which death—which in ancient Canaan was depicted as a monster swallowing everyone up—will be swallowed up forever. The prophet urges celebration of this victory of salvation.

Psalm: Psalm 23

You prepare a table before me, and my cup is running over. (Ps. 23:5)

Second Reading: Philippians 4:1-9

Though writing from prison and facing an uncertain future, Paul calls on the Philippians to rejoice and give thanks to God no matter what the circumstance. God’s peace is with us and binds together our hearts and minds in Jesus Christ, especially when things around us do not seem peaceful.

Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus tells a parable indicating that the blessings of God’s kingdom are available to all, but the invitation is not to be taken lightly.