18 Oct: News for October 20

Theme of the Day Today we hear 1 Kings 11:26-40 There is rebellion in this section of the Bible on “Israel.” The kingdom of Israel is divided after Solomon becomes king. Who is Jeroboam? How do we seek God in the midst of division? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

11 Oct: News for October 13

Theme of the Day This is an enormous weekend for St. John’s in our community with the 38th Annual Country Fair Day. As a church, we gather together to worship and live out an initiative from our 2016 Strategic Mission Plan for unity. We are traditional and contemporary. We are youthful and aging. We are Republican and Democrat and Independent. And we are one in Christ. We come together in unity for worship to give thanks to God for the whole church of St. John’s, our regional Delaware Maryland Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA.org). Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

04 Oct: News for October 6

Theme of the Day Today we hear the act of the Bible about Israel with our reading of Genesis 32:22-30. Abraham and Sarah’s grandson, Jacob, wrestles with an angel and receives the name “Israel” which means “strives with God.” Why do we struggle with God? How is God in the struggle? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

27 Sep: News for September 29

Theme of the Day Today we hear a three part reading that includes Genesis 15:1-6; 18:10-15; 21:1-7. The promise of God to Sarah and Abraham unfolds with a surprise birth announcement. This child will be the new bearer of God’s promise to bless all people. The Fall does not remove the blessing. Question. What is the hardest part about trusting God’s promise? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

20 Sep: News for September 22

Theme of the Day Today we hear Genesis 4:1-16. “The Fall” occurs every time we break relationships and vandalize the shalom of creation. Sin lurks at the door waiting to make us its slave. God desires restored relationship—a covenant—even when we turn away. What sin is lurking closest to your door? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

13 Sep: News for September 15

Theme of the Day Today we hear Genesis 2:4-9. In creation the breath of God gives us and all things life. The Creator continues to pour out breath to create and recreate the heavens and the earth. How are we living apart from God’s creation? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly  

06 Sep: News for September 8

Theme of the Day Today we hear Mark 1. Mark starts his gospel with a simple statement of who Jesus is that has world-changing effects. The full story of God, when we live it, has the power to transform our lives and our world. Q: How does this story prepare us to live in a new creation? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

30 Aug: News for September 1

Theme of the Day Our theme this summer is restoring waters. Today we hear Psalm 23. How does God make us lie down in green pastures and why does God lead us beside still waters? Prayer List St. John’s Weekly Bulletin

23 Aug: News for Sunday, August 25

Theme of the Day Our theme this summer is restoring waters. Today we hear Exodus 14 Israelites cross the Sea. God will be with us to help us overcome our struggles. Just as God parted the Red Sea, God will be there for us. How can we recognize where God is working? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly

16 Aug: News for August 18

Theme of the Day Today we are reading Psalm 65. Our theme this summer is restoring waters. Where is God in the midst of distress? How can we have both lament and praise? How do we live now with the promise of restoration? Bulletin Prayer List St. John’s Weekly