July~August 2012

Post date: Jun 27, 2012 5:15:29 PM

Greetings in the long, green, growing season of the church year: the Sundays after Pentecost. I hope you are able to find some time this summer to relax, refresh, renew and perhaps do something new or change things up a bit. At First Lutheran we will change things up a bit for several summer weekends.

On Sunday, July 15th at 10 AM we’ll have our (almost) annual Service in the Street with our friends from First Christian Church. We’ll set up chairs on 6th Avenue between our church buildings and “Connections” will lead us in singing hymns and praises to God. Folks from both churches will read the Bible passages and Pastor Don Green and I will both give short (!) messages. I know it’s dangerous to have 2 pastors preach at the same worship service, but we promise to keep our sermonettes brief. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. First Lutheran will bring wine and bread. First Christian will bring grape juice and bread. It is First Lutheran’s turn to host the fellowship time afterwards. I’d like to suggest that we bring a couple of our light weight tables outside and continue our fellowship outside. We trust that the weather will cooperate. It will be wonderful to worship together in the great outdoors.

On Saturday, August 11th here at FLC, Matthew Erickson will be ordained as an ELCA pastor. Matthew is Pat Erickson’s grandson and has many fond memories of First Lutheran and his grandparents. They were instrumental in his Christian upbringing. We are glad that Matthew has chosen to have his ordination service here and you all are cordially invited. The worship service will be late morning or early afternoon. Bishop Martin Wells will be here. Matthew’s friends and family will be here and they’ll take care of any food. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. Matthew has been working with a church in Colorado and has now accepted the call as pastor of Calvary Lutheran in Post Falls, Idaho. So he will be in the Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod with us. Mark your calendars for Saturday August 11th and come celebrate with Matt Erickson.

The very next day, Sunday August 12th, “Heavenly Harps” will lead our 10 AM worship service. This mother and daughter harp team play spiritual songs and hymns and intersperse Bible verses and brief messages into their program. Heavenly Harps was here in August 2011 and gave a great musical worship service.

Of course we do have worship here on Sundays at 10 AM throughout the summer. That doesn’t change. The Thursday Bible Study and prayer group also continues to meet throughout the summer at 9:00 AM. But we will change things up a bit with worship on a couple of weekends this summer. I hope you can join us for these special events. Remember to take time to relax, refresh and renew yourself this summer. Prayer, Bible reading and worship are great ways to let God help you do this.

Peace in Christ, Pastor Dennis