St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church

3800 East Third Street

Bloomington, Indiana 47401

News & Events — January 2011




Saturday January 1, 2011

[WCC News: WCC condemns attack on church in Alexandria]

The Name of Jesus (Liturgical Color: White)

How exalted is your name in all the world. (Psalm 8: 1)

Gantan sai

January 2, 2011

Second Sunday of Christmas (Liturgical Color: White)

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! (Psalm 147: 12)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 4 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Entrance Hymn: Let Our Gladness Have No End (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 291)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31: 7-14
Responsive Reading: Psalm 147: 12-20
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1: 3-14
Holy Gospel: John 1: [1-9], 10-18

Homily: 'Ambrosia' — a story from A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays by David Valdes Greenwood — Doug Bauder

Hymn of the Day: By Your Hand You Feed Your People (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 469)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Hymn: In the Bleak Midwinter (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 294)

stanza 3

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Of the Father's Love Begotten (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 295)

Communion Hymn: What Feast of Love (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 487)

Sending Hymn: Let All Together Praise Our God (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 287)

Sunday Church School begins at 9:45 a.m.

Godly Play (preschool age) meets in the room next to the Nursery.

Kindergarten through 6th grade will gather in the Education Wing.

Confirmation students meet in the Conference Room.

Adult Bible Study meets in Room 11.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 4 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Entrance Hymn: Let Our Gladness Have No End (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 291)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31: 7-14
Responsive Reading: Psalm 147: 12-20
Second Lesson: Ephesians 1: 3-14
Holy Gospel: John 1: [1-9], 10-18

Homily: 'Ambrosia' — a story from A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays by David Valdes Greenwood — Doug Bauder

Hymn of the Day: By Your Hand You Feed Your People (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 469)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Hymn: In the Bleak Midwinter (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 294)

stanza 3

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Of the Father's Love Begotten (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 295)

Communion Hymn: What Feast of Love (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 487)

Sending Hymn: Let All Together Praise Our God (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 287)

Bread and Wine: Motz Baughman

Take down the decorations following the late service

Johann Konrad Wilhelm Loehe, pastor, 1872 (Liturgical Color: White)

Monday January 3, 2011

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ENS News: In New Year message, Archbishop of Canterbury addresses impact of King James Bible]

[ENS News: Episcopal Church's Haiti Appeal ready to accept donations: Official launch of effort to rebuild diocesan cathedral set for this month]

[LCMS News: Rev. James Linderman, former district president, dies]

Tuesday January 4, 2011

Yoga Class meets at 10:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall.

Worship Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. in Room 11.

[ACNS News: Egypt churches to have security barriers, cameras after New Year's Eve bombing]

[LWF News: Resist Violence, LWF General Secretary Urges]

[PNS News: Books probe Christmas' religious origins]

[PNS News: King James Bible still influential, argues literary scholar]

[PNS News: International ecumenical and interfaith leaders condemn New Year church bombing in Egypt: Nigerian Christians also attacked during holiday violence]

[PNS News: Facing life and death: PC(USA) pastor overcomes fears through CPE hospice chaplaincy]

[UCC News: CMEP, WCC condemn attack on Christian worshipers in Egypt]

[UMNS News: Deacon called from one life to another]

Wednesday January 5, 2011

Sister Parish meets at 5:30 p.m. in Room 11.

Mission Committee meets at 6:45 p.m. in Room 11.

[ENS News: Prayers offered to mark 10th anniversary of Episcopal-Lutheran full-communion agreement]

[ENS News: Utah teens raise $1 million, inspire others to aid local homeless]

[PNS News: Mormons lift the veil on official 'handbook' of teachings]

[PNS News: World Association for Christian Communication conveys support to U.N. new women's program]

[PNS News: Presbyterian Writers Guild seeks best new author: Angell Award goes to best first book by a Presbyterian writer]

[RCA News: Benjamin Rivera Nominated to NCC's Racial Justice Working Group]

[UMNS News: Sermons For Truckers]

Thursday January 6, 2011

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

[ENS News: Chicago Episcopalians capture spirit of Sudan through video, images, music]

[ENS News: Sudanese Bishop Joseph Garang speaks about the referendum and international partnerships]

[LCMS News: St. Louis-area Lutherans report tornado damages]

[LCMS News: Harrison offers new year, Epiphany blessing in video]

[LCMS News: ILC makes leadership changes]

[LCMS News: Resources available for 'Schools Week']

[LCMS News: CPH produces Spanish VBS]

[LCMS News: Sem sponsors 'Prepare/Enrich' workshop]

[PNS News: Assassination complicates controversial blasphemy law]

[PNS News: Interim editor appointed for ENI: veteran journalist De Santis assumes reins of Geneva-based news agency]

[PNS News: Reflecting reality: Spanish-language lay training at Louisville seminary provides biblical, theological education, contextual curriculumm]

[UMNS News: Church empowers African businesswomen]

[WCC News: Blessing of the waters at the Ecumenical Centre]

Epiphany (Liturgical Color: White)

January 7 to 9, 2011

Youth Group Ski Trip

January 7 to 8, 2011

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Candidacy Meeting at Servants of Christ Lutheran Church, 7650 Oaklandon Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46236-9797

Friday January 7, 2011

[ACNS News: The Anglican Communion rallies in prayer and support behind Sudan]

[ELCA News: ELCA, Episcopal Church Mark 10th Anniversary of Full Communion]

[ELCA News: ELCA Presiding Bishop Addresses Coptic Church Bombing In Egypt]

[ELCA News: Paul Egertson, Former ELCA Synod Bishop, Professor and Advocate, Dies]

[ENS News: Episcopalians, Sudanese partners unite in prayer for a peaceful referendum]

[PNS News: Pastor Outlines List of Ten Things Christians Don't — and Do — Need to Believe]

[PNS News: Religious profile of 112th Congress remains stable]

[PNS News: Prayers sought on Jan. 9 for Coptic Christians]

[PNS News: Seminary News]

[PNS News: PC(USA)-backed domestic violence special begins airing Jan. 9 on ABC: 'I believe you' funded in part by Presbyterian women]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Seamen's Church Institute]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Haiti Earthquake Anniversary]

[UMNS News: Pillowcase dresses aim to cheer Haitians]

Saturday January 8, 2011

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Finance Committee Meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Lutheran Center Chapel

Indiana-Kentucky Synod South Central Conference Call consultant Training 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Louisville, KY

January 9, 2011

The Baptism of Our Lord (Lectionary 1) (Liturgical Color: White)

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. (Psalm 29: 3)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Christ, Our Lord, to the Jordan Came, BWV 684 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Entrance Hymn: Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 311)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 42: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 10: 34-43
Holy Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Homily: Pastor Kelli Skram

Hymn of the Day: Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 304)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Pastorale — Arcangelo Corelli

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: When Jesus Came to Jordan (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 305)

Communion Hymn: Baptized in Water (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 456)

Sending Hymn: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 310)

Postlude: Trumpet Tune in D — David N. Johnson

Sunday Church School begins at 9:45 a.m.

Godly Play (preschool age) meets in the room next to the Nursery.

Kindergarten through 6th grade will gather in the Education Wing.

Confirmation students meet in the Conference Room.

Adult Bible Study meets in Room 11.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Christ, Our Lord, to the Jordan Came, BWV 684 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Entrance Hymn: Hail to the Lord's Anointed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 311)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 42: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 10: 34-43
Holy Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Homily: Pastor Kelli Skram

Hymn of the Day: Christ, When For Us You Were Baptized (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 304)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Amen — (arrangement Jester Hairston

Adult Choir; Brandon Gauby, tenor

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: When Jesus Came to Jordan (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 305)

Communion Hymn: Baptized in Water (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 456)

Sending Hymn: Songs of Thankfulness and Praise (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 310)

Postlude: Trumpet Tune in D — David N. Johnson

Bread and Wine: Mike and Jaydene Laros

Flowers: Ron Pennington

Congregation council meets following the late service.

[UMNS News: Arizona bishop asks for prayers after shootings]

[WCC News: Pope\ Shenouda III receives condolences from WCC delegation]

Monday January 10, 2011

Book of Faith session 5 meets from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Interim Ministry Meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the Synod Lutheran Center Downstairs Conference Room

[ENS News: Millions take to the polls in Sudan's historic referendum; clashes in Abyei claim lives]

[ENS News: In Haiti, painstaking mural-restoration work due to begin this week: Three Haitian cathedral murals are recoverable]

[PNS News: PC(USA) member among those killed in Arizona shootings: PC(USA) leaders express horror and anguish over tragedy]

[PNS News: Atheists' diversity woes have no black-and-white answers]

[PNS News: WCC delegation consoles Pope Shenouda]

[PNS News: Local action against hunger needed in 2011, says CWS: 'hungry people can't afford to wait for world bodies to solve the problems']

[PNS News: Being something: racial ethnic seminarians conference helps Costa Rican pastor persevere]

[UCC News: Circle of Mercy members spend Christmas in Cuba]

[UCC News: Two national UCC officer nominees announced]

Tuesday January 11, 2011

Yoga Class meets at 10:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall.

Living History meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Altar Guild meets at 5:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

[ELCA News: Floyd Schoenhals, Bishop of ELCA Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod, to Retire Feb. 1]

[ENS News: Alabama Episcopal Church medical team serves Haitians during quake anniversary: Team members see progress amid challenges one year later]

[PNS News: Second Tucson shooting victim with Presbyterian ties identified: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette re-releases two hymns for commemorative use]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Debbie Friedman, 1951-2011]

[UCC News: A year later in Haiti 'we see people trying to move on with their lives']

[UMNS News: Haiti: Shaken but not broken one year later]

[UMNS News: Earthquake survivor focuses on Haiti recovery]

Wednesday January 12, 2005

[ELCA News: ELCA Continues Long-Term Relief Effort in Haiti]

[ENS News: Haiti marks one year since devastating earthquake: Episcopal diocese working to rebuild infrastructure and lives]

[ENS News: Episcopalians begin to rebuild Haitian cathedral one 'brick' at a time: Church-wide fund-raising effort gets underway]

[LCMS News: A year after Haiti quake, Lutherans continue to change lives]

[LCMS News: Students raise funds to build school in Uganda]

[LCMS News: LSA conference promises 'something for everyone']

[LCMS News: Harrison installed as assistant pastor]

[LCMS News: Wenthe announces retirement]

[PNS News: 'Civility' author comments on Arizona shooting, political blame game]

[PNS News: 'Civility' author comments on Arizona shooting, political blame game]

[PNS News: Poll: Americans see religion's role declining]

[PNS News: Haitians mark a 'very, very difficult year']

[PNS News: Lutheran World Federation (LWF) general secretary cautions of religion's role in fueling violence]

[PNS News: PC(USA) leaders send solidarity letter to Egyptian partners: Parsons, Valentine express 'great anguish' over fatal attacks]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Haiti Earthquake Recovery One Year Later]

[UCC News: UCC Women's Ministry seeks 2011 Antoinette Brown nominees]

[UMNS News: Volunteers build relationships in Haiti]

[WCC News: WCC general secretary speaks to Islamic leaders and students]

Thursday January 13, 2011

Girl Scouts meet at 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

[LWF News: Referendum Marks a Milestone in Sudan's War-torn History]

[NCC News: This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity centers on Jerusalem and essentials of the faith]

[PNS News: Jews troubled by Palin's use of 'blood libel']

[PNS News: Pakistani churches criticize government's refusal to amend blasphemy law]

[PNS News: Faith leaders to Congress: 'soul searching' needed about toxic rhetoric: PC(USA)'s Gradye Parsons joins 50 others in appeal]

[UMNS News: Camp offers shelter for displaced Haitians]

[UMNS News: 'Be agents of hope,' Arizona bishop urges]

[UMNS News: 'Be agents of hope,' Arizona bishop urges]

[WCC News: WCC general secretary to meet Archbishop of Canterbury]

January 14 to 15, 2011

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Council Meeting in the Synod Lutheran Center Downstairs Conference Room

Friday January 14, 2011

[ELCA News: ELCA, Board of Pensions Respond to Lawsuit on Annuity Payment Reductions]

[ENS News: Sudanese Episcopalians rejoice as historic referendum draws to a close]

[ENS News: Presiding bishop visits the Anglican Church of Mexico]

[NCC News: Kinnamon urges NCC board and communion representatives to join the call for control of assault weapons and hand guns: NCC to join with interfaith partners in 'Vigils Against Violence']

[PNS News: Behind a mighty civil rights icon, a rich prayer life]

[PNS News: Ecumenism takes time to bear fruit, says NCC leader]

[PNS News: The shooting in Tucson — is it close enough this time?]

[PNS News: A letter from Birmingham: Christian churches together issue 'clergy response' to famed MLK missive]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Martin Luther King Jr. and Rev. Robert Graetz]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Rev. Robert Graetz Extended Interview]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Sudan Referendum]

[UCC News: DeGeneres Show producer makes contact regarding UCC's 'Get Ellen to Synod' campaign]

[UMNS News: Haiti walks tightrope with recovery]

[UMNS News: Haiti recovery is slow but measurable]

Saturday January 15, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, 1968 (Liturgical Color: Red)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5: 11)

January 16, 2011

The Second Sunday after the Epiphany (Lectionary 2) (Liturgical Color: Green)

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart. (Psalm 40: 8)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: The Only Son From Heaven — Dieterich Buxtehude

Entrance Hymn: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 553)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 49: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 40: 1-11
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Holy Gospel: John 1: 29-42

Children's Sermon: Karl Teskey

Homily: "The Weight of the Light" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: The Only Son from Heaven (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 309)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Messiah: "Behold the Lamb of God" — George Frederick Handel

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Now the Silence (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 460)

Communion Hymn: By Your Hand You Feed Your People (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 469)

Sending Hymn: What God Ardains is Good Indeed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 776)

Postlude: The Only Son From Heaven, BWV 601 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Sunday Church School begins at 9:45 a.m.

Godly Play (preschool age) meets in the room next to the Nursery.

Kindergarten through 6th grade will gather in the Education Wing.

Confirmation students meet in the Conference Room.

Adult Bible Study meets in Room 11.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: The Only Son From Heaven — Dieterich Buxtehude

Entrance Hymn: Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 553)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 49: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 40: 1-11
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Holy Gospel: John 1: 29-42

Children's Sermon: Karl Teskey

Homily: "The Weight of the Light" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: The Only Son from Heaven (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 309)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: I've Just Come From the Fountain — (spiritual)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Now the Silence (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 460)

Communion Hymn: By Your Hand You Feed Your People (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 469)

Sending Hymn: What God Ardains is Good Indeed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 776)

Postlude: The Only Son From Heaven, BWV 601 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Bread and Wine: Kent and Barb Unger

Flowers: Chris and Maren Foley

Mission Endowment Fund meets at 12:30 p.m.

Youth Group meets at 5:00 p.m.

[PNS News: Members named to final two GA219 special committees]

Monday January 17, 2011

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Spinners and Weavers meets at 7:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

[ACNS News: Church in solidarity with vicitms of flooding disaster in SE Brazil]

[ACNS News: Area Bishop of Ethiopia and Horn of Africa to be Bishop of Reading]

[NCC News: Kinnamon praises new Obama policies toward Cuba; 'An important first step toward just and open relations']

[NCC communion leaders remind Obama of his promise to cut poverty in half: Urge a reprise of 2008 speeches in State of the Union Message]

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, c.356;
Pachomius, renewer of the church, 346 (Liturgical Color: White)

January 18 to 25, 2011

Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The theme for the 2011 observance is "One in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer" (cf. Acts 2:42)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gives Christians an annual opportunity to continue their quest for the unity they already share in Christ. It is also a time to gather in praise of the Triune God and to deepen the understanding of the ecumenical movement. By joining in this annual celebration Christians raise their voices, hands and hearts to God seeking the fulfillment of the prayer of Jesus, the Son of God, "that they all may be one."

Tuesday January 18, 2011

Yoga Class meets at 10:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ACNS News: NZ priests head to help in flood-ravaged Queensland]

[ACNS News: New Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs for Church of England]

[ENS News: Presiding bishop writes to Obama on Israeli-Palestinian peace process]

[ENS News: Presiding bishop covers the waterfront during visit to Texas: House blessings, centennials and Martin Luther King, Jr.]

[ENS News: In Sudan, provisional referendum results indicate landslide independence vote]

[PNS News: Civility Project disbands after low interest in Congress]

[PNS News: Australian churches come together in flood crisis]

[PNS News: Cuban ecumenical leaders affirm .signs of a new understanding. after visit to U.S.]

[PNS News: Food for the soul: Georgia church's ministry feeds local families, spurs community connections]

[UCC News: Ecumenical group hopes to break new ground in addressing racism]

[UMNS News: Deacon plans Abolitionist Hymnal]

[WCC News: WCC general secretary and colleagues meet with Archbishop of Canterbury]

The Confession of St. Peter (Liturgical Color: White)

My god, my rock, you are worthy of praise. (Psalm 18: 2)

Wednesday January 19, 2011

[ACNS News: Church of Ireland 'dismayed' by attempts to change Sunday trading regulations]

[ENS News: Episcopal Public Policy Network urges opposition to health-care reform repeal]

[PNS News: 2011 partner presbyteries chosen for For Such a Time as This pastoral residency program: second group of ministry settings for pilot program comprises seven presbyteries across eight states]

[PNS News: Alabama governor says only Christians are his 'brothers and sisters']

[PNS News: Churches mobilize as flooding affects Brazil]

[PNS News: Rise in global food prices cause for alarm: Presbyterian hunger program encourages donor nations to address problems with trade policies, neglect]

[PNS News: PC(USA) groups call for halt to Justice Department subpoenas of pro-Palestinian activists]

[UCC News: AME Zion preacher challenges ecumenical group]

[UCC News: UCC pastor to preach on national 'Day1' program]

[UCC News: Bread for the World launches 2011 letters campaign]

[UMNS News: Small-church missions fuel African growth]

[UMNS News: Court to hear delegate election issue]

Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, missionary to Finland, martyr, 1156 (Liturgical Color: Red)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5: 11)

Thursday January 20, 2011

Census Bureau meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

[ELCA News: ELCA Council Hears Financial, Redesign Updates, Elects New Member]

[ENS News: Trinity Institute gathers scholars, theologians to consider Bible through others' eyes: Brueggemann sees Bible as constantly capable of yielding 'new kind of reality']

[LCMS News: Teacher finds 340-year-old German Bible]

[LCMS News: Floods cause suffering in Australia]

[LCMS News: LWML convention registration opens]

[LCMS News: Get Lutheran view of Jan. 24 March for Life]

[LCMS News: Seminary offers live audio of Symposia Series]

[LCMS News: Retreat for retired church workers set for March]

[LWF News: Indian Lutheran Church Ordains First Women Pastors]

[PNS News: 2011 Moderator's Lenten study focuses on sacrament; brings faith community together]

[PNS News: Faith gets star treatment at Sundance]

[PNS News: NCC praises new Obama policy towards Cuba]

[PNS News: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity focus on Jerusalem]

[PNS News: Survey finds one-fifth of PC(USA) churches involved in homeless ministries: respondents want national strategy to address crisis and long-term needs]

[UMNS News: Church leaders support immigrants at border]

[UMNS News: New pastors reach halfway point of first year]

[WCC News: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity draws attention to Jerusalem]

[WCC News: Indigenous theologians meet to "affirm spiritualities of life"]

Friday January 21, 2011

Census Bureau meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

[ACNA News: Bishop Pritchard concerned for Iranian exiles]

[LWF News: Lutheran Congregations Rally Help for Australia's Flood Victims]

[LWF News: Volunteers Assist Most Vulnerable in Brazil Disaster]

[PNS News: Pastor Offers Insights on 40 Treasured Bible Verses]

[PNS News: Northern Korean Christians help feed most vulnerable: PC(USA), CWS help noodle factory and bakery supply orphans, elderly]

[PNS News: Special Committee on Existing Authoritative Interpretations begins its work: develops process for its deliberations]

[PNS News: Army faces questions over 'spiritual fitness' test]

[PNS News: Exiled Sudanese clergy hope for peaceful return]

[PNS News: Indigenous theologians meet to 'affirm spiritualities of life']

[PNS News: Three as one: Pasadena church eschews 'nesting' for unified, multicultural congregation]

[RCA News: Church Hosts Autism Walk]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: James Wolfensohn on Religion and Development]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: The Gülen Movement]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Gun Control]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Reynolds Price, 1933-2011]

[UCC News: Churches Uniting in Christ members recommit to ecumenical tasks]

[UCC News: Former GMP has ministerial standing suspended pending 'program of growth']

[UMNS News: Webcast helps pastor build online church]

Saturday January 22, 2011

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at 10:30 a.m.

Andrea Nagle Hickey will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Saturday, January 22, 2:00 p.m., at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Elkhart, IN. Bishop Bill Gafkjen will preside. Clergy and rostered leaders are invited to vest. The color of the day is red. Pr. Hickey has been called to serve at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

[ACNS News: Primates not attending Dublin meeting "have reiterated their commitment to the Communion"]

[ACNS News: Archbishop Kolini: "Steer to Education, Health and Development"]

[ACNS News: The echo of God's love in the midst of tragedy - An address by the Australian Primate]

January 23 to 25, 2011

Crossings "Cross-Training" Seminar

How is Jesus Good for You, Really?

Learn a practical way to use Christ to the fullest

Use the Law/Gospel lens for reading the Word and the World

Connect Faith in Christ to Daily Life

Jerome Burce, Edward Schroeder, Steven Kuhl, Ronald Neustadt, Marcus Felde, Steven Albertin and members of the Crossings writing team will conduct a "Cross-Training Seminar on January 23-25, 2011in Belleville, Illlinois (across river from St. Louis).

Tuition: $150. (includes food and lodging) This event is free for seminary students!

January 23, 2011

The Third Sunday after the Epiphany (Lectionary 3) (Liturgical Color: Green)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27: 1)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: O Christ, Our LIght, O Radiance True — Helmut Walcha

Entrance Hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 815)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 9: 1-4
Responsive Reading: Psalm 27: 1, 4-9
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Holy Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

Homily: "Those Who Hesitate..." — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 675)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Missa Della Dominica: "Canzona" — Girolamo Frescobaldi

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 817)

Communion Hymn: The Son of God, Our Christ (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 584)

Sending Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 841)

Postlude: Prelude in g — Johannes Brahms

Sunday Church School begins at 9:45 a.m.

Godly Play (preschool age) meets in the room next to the Nursery.

Kindergarten through 6th grade will gather in the Education Wing.

Confirmation students meet in the Conference Room.

Adult Bible Study meets in Room 11.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: O Christ, Our LIght, O Radiance True — Helmut Walcha

Entrance Hymn: I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 815)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 9: 1-4
Responsive Reading: Psalm 27: 1, 4-9
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Holy Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

Homily: "Those Who Hesitate..." — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: O Christ, Our Light, O Radiance True (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 675)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Ain'a That Good News!: "Canzona" — William Dawson

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 817)

Communion Hymn: The Son of God, Our Christ (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 584)

Sending Hymn: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 841)

Postlude: Prelude in g — Johannes Brahms

Bread and Wine: Aaron and Ashleigh Bachert

Flowers: Chris and Maren Foley

Doctor Marilyn Keiser will present a Benefit Concert for Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni Chapter at 3:00 p.m.

Monday January 24, 2011

Book of Faith session 6 meets at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Southeast Indiana Conference Call Consultant Training from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

[ENS News: Primates set to meet in Dublin, with a few absentees: Presiding bishop underscores Episcopal Church's commitment to the communion]

[NCC News: Scores of Mar Thoma faithful turn out to welcome other NCC members in a church-to-church visit]

[PNS News: Institute probes religion's role in peace-making]

[PNS News: Minority Christians cling to tenuous hold in Pakistan]

[PNS News: CWS urges U.S. to restore funding for global hunger]

[PNS News: A welcoming Departure: London café does ministry through relationships, art, classes]

[UMNS News: Church leaders applaud Cuba travel changes]

Tuesday January 25, 2011

Yoga Class meets at 10:00 a.m. in Heritage Hall.

Living History Group meets at 1:30 p.m. in the Conference Room.

[ACNS News: Anglican Communion Primates arrive in Dublin, Ireland for meeting.]

[LWF News: New "LWF together" Initiative with Youth for Environmental Justice]

[PNS News: General Assembly Mission Council continues popular "Deep and Wide" video series: newest video captures the inspiring story of two congregations who have partnered together for mutual growth]

[PNS News: Former UCC president suspended after affair]

[PNS News: Several leaders will boycott Anglican summit]

[PNS News: Churches Uniting in Christ members recommit to ecumenical tasks]

[PNS News: When history comes alive: PNS reporter shares reflections, photos from trip to Jordan]

[PNS News: Churches urged to observe interfaith harmony week: Parsons, Valentine express support for U.N.-established observance]

[RCA News: Interim Ministers Help Churches Transition]

[UCC News: Best-selling author opens spring dialogue series at Elmhurst]

[UCC News: Journey UCC takes next step on 'StillSpeaking' path]

[UCC News: Presidential order re-opens U.S.-Cuba religious exchanges]

[UMNS News: GOP dominates church's congressional group]

[UMNS News: Tucson events can serve as 'watershed moment']

[UMNS News: Churches cut utility costs, care for earth]

[WCC News: Holiness Kyrill I receives condolences from the WCC and CEC]

The Conversion of St. Paul (Liturgical Color: White)

Let all the peoples praise you, O God. (Psalm 67: 3)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends

Wednesday January 26, 2011

Come join us to chat about the wonderful book, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope" by Kamkwamba and Mealer. this event is being sponsored by the Mission Committee. If you haven't had time to read the book, visit the website www.windmills.org and join us for the discussion. We will gather at the church at 6:30 p.m. to carpool to Carol Seaman's house.

[ACNS News: Harare Bishop: "Riot police and harassment will not 'crash' the faith of Zimbabwe Anglicans"]

[ACNS News: Relief efforts continue in Rio de Janeiro State]

[ENS News: Diocese of Haiti meets in second post-quake annual synod: Participants called to join hands to rebuild the church]

[ENS News: Episcopal Church launches video ministry project: Identifying 'characteristics of healthy churches']

[ENS News: Primates open Ireland meeting with 'prayer and purpose']

[LCMS News: Lutherans share 'unique blessing' of life march]

[LCMS News: Feb. 18 is order deadline for Armed Forces Sunday resources]

[LCMS News: Pro-abstinence 'LoveFest' to feature Bristol Palin]

[LCMS News: Seltz accepts 'Lutheran Hour' speaker post]

[LCMS News: 112th Congress includes six LCMS Lutherans]

[LCMS News: Buchholz joins staff of LWR]

[NCC News: Christians to rally in support of economic justice and security for women and families]

[PNS News: Why is Hollywood obsessed with Catholic exorcisms?]

[PNS News: Billy Graham says he 'would have steered clear of politics']

[PNS News: Ecumenical Advocacy Days held March 25-28: event also provides special opportunities for Presbyterians to learn, connect, celebrate]

[PNS News: First response in Tucson: PDA's national response team is first to assist after shooting spree]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Robert H. Nelson: Sin, Sacrifice, and the State of the Union]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Andrew Finstuen: The State of the Future]

[UCC News: UCC congregations lace up to meet 'Three Million Walking Challenge']

[UMNS News: Church responds to immigration arrests]

[UMNS News: Malaria Ravages Congo Poor]

Timothy, Titus and Silas (Liturgical Color: White)

Thursday January 27, 2011

Census Bureau meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Girl Scouts meet at 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Deans Meeting 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Synod Lutheran Center Chapel

[ELCA News: ELCA Synod Bishop Addresses Bullying in YouTube Video]

[ELCA News: ELCA Launches LivingLutheran.Com for Sharing Stories and Conversation]

[ENS News: New Church Investment Group to form equity fund for endowments, foundations]

[ENS News: U.S. Health Secretary, religious leaders discuss health care reform's early implementation]

[ENS News: Primates study their roles, outlining common ground and differences, at Dublin meeting]

[PNS News: Liberal UCC steps in to boost ranks of chaplains]

[PNS News: Sudan faith leader supports call to forgiveness]

[PNS News: Planting seeds of hope: a pastor's call led him from a comfortable main line church to serve a greater need in North Philadelphia]

[PNS News: From the darkness of the mine to the light of day: an interview with Chilean Presbyterian leader the Rev. Manuel Gajardo]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Erica Brown: Calculations of the Spirit]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Assessing the State of the Union Address]

[WCC News: Prayers for Brazil's landslide victims]

Lydia, Dorcas and Phoebe (Liturgical Color: White)

Friday January 28, 2011

Census Bureau meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

[ELCA News: Court Dismisses, Maintains Lawsuit Claims Involving ELCA, Augsburg Fortress]

[ENS News: Episcopalians condemn murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato]

[LCMS News: Conference to focus on social networking]

[LWF News: LWF German Representative Cites New Impetus in Relations with Catholics]

[PNS News: Judge upholds law preventing guns in churches]

[PNS News: Russian Orthodox leader chides faithful over sloppy dress]

[PNS News: LWF launches youth initiative on environmental justice]

[PNS News: Arts program to take over Sheldon Jackson College: debt retired, historic Alaska school's trustees transfer property on Feb. 1]

[PNS News: General Assembly leaders offer a call to prayer: Bolbach, Parsons, and Valentine lift up peoples and nations of the middle east]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: India Microlending]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Tax Justice]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: State of the Union]

[UCC News: UCC Coalition urges prayer and advocacy in response to murdered Ugandan activist]

[UMNS News: British Methodists transcribe Bible by hand]

Thomas Aquinas, techer, 1274 (Liturgical Color: White)

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119: 103)

Saturday January 29, 2011

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Mission Interpreter Training 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Synod Lutheran Center Downstairs Conference Room

[ENS News: Primates discuss ecumenism at Dublin meeting]

January 30, 2011

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany (Lectionary 4) (Liturgical Color: Green)

Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill? (Psalm 15: 1)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Variations on "Adoro te, Devote" — Gerald Near

Entrance Hymn: Rise Up, O Saints of God (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 669)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Micah 6: 1-8
Responsive Reading: Psalm 15
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
Holy Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12

Homily: "Divine Folly" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 651)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Blest Are the Pure in Heart — H. Walford Davies

Adult Choir

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Jesu, the Very Thought of You (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 754)

Communion Hymn: Thee We Adore, O Savior (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 476)

Sending Hymn: The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 551)

Postlude: Toccata in F, BWV 540 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Sunday Church School begins at 9:45 a.m.

Godly Play (preschool age) meets in the room next to the Nursery.

Kindergarten through 6th grade will gather in the Education Wing.

Confirmation students meet in the Conference Room.

Adult Bible Study meets in Room 11.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.
The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Variations on "Adoro te, Devote" — Gerald Near

Entrance Hymn: Rise Up, O Saints of God (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 669)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Micah 6: 1-8
Responsive Reading: Psalm 15
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
Holy Gospel: Matthew 5: 1-12

Homily: "Divine Folly" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Oh, Praise the Gracious Power (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 651)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: A Village Organist's Piece — Benjamin Britten

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Jesu, the Very Thought of You (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 754)

Communion Hymn: Thee We Adore, O Savior (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 476)

Sending Hymn: The Spirit Sends Us Forth to Serve (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 551)

Postlude: Toccata in F, BWV 540 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Bread and Wine: Dorothy Soudakoff

Flowers: Jean Brown and Karen Cline

Youth Support Committee meets following the late service.

Youth Group meets at church at 2:30 p.m. for laser tag.

[ACNS News: The Church in the Province of the West Indies adopts the Anglican Communion Covenant]

[ENS News: Primates discuss communion's governance structures]

[ENS News: In Dublin sermon, presiding bishop challenges all to 'show up' to heal the world]

[ENS News: Primates outline their roles, commit to 'journeying together in honest conversation': Letters, statements address pressing global and domestic concerns]

Monday January 31, 2011

Census Bureau meets from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Indiana-Kentucky Synod Worship Committee Meeting at 10:00&ndasp;a.m. in the Lutheran Center Chapel

[ELCA News: ELCA Presiding Bishop Asks for Prayers for Peaceful Solution in Egypt]

[ENS News: In Egypt's crisis, Episcopal mission partner plays critical role]

[NCC News: NCC member communions join with Coptic Orthodox Church to observe a three-day period of prayer for events in Egypt]

[PNS News: The entire PC(USA) organization is behind me: Korean-American pastor finds joy and support in his first call through the For Such A Time As This pastoral residency program]

[PNS News: The Rev. Dr. Ann Philbrick named new associate for Church Growth and Transformation: wants to help congregations listen to God and embrace new ministry in their communities]

[PNS News: Technology unites missionaries, families around the world]

[PNS News: 'Flying Dutchman' will minister to oil and gas industry]

[PNS News: Presbyterians rally to oppose Arizona-style immigration law in Kentucky: national, local leaders vow to help defeat proposed legislation]

[RCA News: First Panel Conversation on the Belhar's Principles Completed]

[WCC News: Expression of concern for the people of Egypt]

[WCC News: Interfaith Harmony Week to be celebrated]

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