As We Gather:
Today we come to the conclusion of
the first half of our worship year. From Advent (in early December)
through Pentecost's celebration of our ascended Lord's sending of
the Holy Spirit, we have celebrated the Lord's half of the year. We
have again received the great plan of salvation-the work of God. At
Christmas, God the Father sent His only Son into the world for us.
Through Epiphany, Lent, and Easter we saw the Son of God, our Lord
Jesus, willingly give Himself for us. Today we worship and honor
God, the Holy Trinity, as the climactic festival in that first
half. Now we will move on in the Sundays of Pentecost to the
Church's half of the year, to see the life and Word of our Lord
growing and doing its saving
work through us-the church. The colors for today are
white-signifying the holiness and glory of God.
May 27: Dr.
Roland Cap Ehlke continues with the second in the series "In the
World, Not of It." This course deals with Christian faith and
life in a world that welcomes neither our faith nor our
Christ-centered lifestyle. We'll look at inspirational examples
from the Bible and from church history. Last week, we focused on
the life and times of the Apostle Paul; this Sunday we discuss the
world of Augustine and his mother Monica.