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Sunday Mornings at Ascension

Worship at 8:30am and 11:00am

Study for all at 9:45am

Nursery staffed beginning at 9:30am


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Discernment Preparation for the Week of April 26

Discernment Preparation for the third Congregational Visioning Gathering
on Sunday, May 17th, from 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Discerning Our Vision – What is God Calling Us to Do?

 

Have a notebook and pen/pencil handy. At the time set aside, prayerfully read the lesson appointed for the week. Read slowly, pausing to reflect on each phrase. Whenever a word, phrase or idea “comes out to you,” stay with it for awhile. Meditate on it; pray about it. Then continue on with your reading.

Reading for the week of April 26th, 2015: Matthew 14:22-31 (NRSV) 

Jesus and Peter Walk on Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land,[a] for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”

28 Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind,[b] he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 14:24 Other ancient authorities read was out on the sea
  2. Matthew 14:30 Other ancient authorities read the wind

After you have finished reading the lesson, reflect upon and write down your responses, insights, or impulses to the following questions:

    1. What does this scripture tell me about God?
    2. What does this scripture tell me about God’s vision?
    3. What is God telling us at Ascension Lutheran to be and to do?

Close with a prayer for Ascension Lutheran Church, the members of the Council and the Transition Team, your family and yourself.

The full list of weekly readings to help us reflect upon God’s purpose for the church:

  • Week of April 19 – Luke 11:1-13
  • Week of April 26 – Matthew 14:22-31
  • Week of May3 – Mark 10:46-52
  • Week of May 10 – Mark 6:32-44
Be sure to bring your notes to Visioning Gathering 3:  “Discovering Our Future – What is God Calling Us to Do?” on Sunday, May 17, 2:00 – 5:00pm in the Great Hall.  Child care will be provided.

Discernment preparation for the Week of April 19

Discernment Preparation for the third Congregational Visioning Gathering
on Sunday, May 17th, from 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Discerning Our Vision – What is God Calling Us to Do?

 

Have a notebook and pen/pencil handy. At the time set aside, prayerfully read the lesson appointed for the week. Read slowly, pausing to reflect on each phrase. Whenever a word, phrase or idea “comes out to you,” stay with it for awhile. Meditate on it; pray about it. Then continue on with your reading.

Reading for the week of April 19th, 2015: Luke 11:1-13 (NRSV) 

The Lord’s Prayer and Power of Prayer

11 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father,[a] hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come.[b]
    Give us each day our daily bread.[c]
    And forgive us our sins,
        for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
    And do not bring us to the time of trial.”[d]

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.’ And he answers from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

“So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for[e] a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit[f] to those who ask him!”

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 11:2 Other ancient authorities read Our Father in heaven
  2. Luke 11:2 A few ancient authorities read Your Holy Spirit come upon us and cleanse us. Other ancient authorities add Your will be done, on earth as in heaven
  3. Luke 11:3 Or our bread for tomorrow
  4. Luke 11:4 Or us into temptation. Other ancient authorities add but rescue us from the evil one (or from evil)
  5. Luke 11:11 Other ancient authorities add bread, will give a stone; or if your child asks for
  6. Luke 11:13 Other ancient authorities read the Father give the Holy Spirit from heaven

 

 

After you have finished reading the lesson, reflect upon and write down your responses, insights, or impulses to the following questions:

    1. What does this scripture tell me about God?
    2. What does this scripture tell me about God’s vision?
    3. What is God telling us at Ascension Lutheran to be and to do?

Close with a prayer for Ascension Lutheran Church, the members of the Council and the Transition Team, your family and yourself.

The full list of weekly readings to help us reflect upon God’s purpose for the church:

  • Week of April 19 – Luke 11:1-13
  • Week of April 26 – Matthew 14:22-31
  • Week of May3 – Mark 10:46-52
  • Week of May 10 – Mark 6:32-44
Be sure to bring your notes to Visioning Gathering 3:  “Discovering Our Future – What is God Calling Us to Do?” on Sunday, May 17, 2:00 – 5:00pm in the Great Hall.  Child care will be provided.

 

Summary of Gathering One: “What is God Doing among Us?”

“What is God Doing among Us?”

Assessing our past: Summary from Gathering One

March 15, 2015

 

Sixty-eight members gathered on Sunday, March 15, 2015, to review ways God has been active in the life of Ascension. We shared memories of events from the past, posted them on a timeline, and then reflected on our journal notes from the scripture readings.  [To read this timeline, please click here .]
Using the scripture and the history of the congregation, we looked for patterns or milestones. The strongest themes to emerge were worship and music, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, social justice, community outreach, education and longevity of programs. Also named were building additions and renovations, effective lay leadership, care for pastors, high Biblical expectations, and a place to share major life events.
Many initiatives have continued over decades while some had a shorter shelf life. Contemporary worship was successful for several years. Others that were significant for a period of time were pulpit exchanges, handicap accessibility, new programming and help with refugees.
Some described the congregation as having a narrow comfort zone regarding change.
Using these patterns, we considered Ascension’s values: actual and perceived. Actual values are what we do while the perceived values are what we would like to do.
The strongest actual values (what we do) are: worship, education, compassion/caring, community outreach and fellowship. Named as actual values, but not as often were: faith, welcoming, eldercare, and music. Also named one time were: faith, managing resources, emphasis on children, family oriented, visitation, preaching, encouraging individual service, witnessing, risk taking, communication, consistency, structure, international worship, comfort and excellence. Some of the actual values named less frequently fit into the categories of the ones most named. For example, music was included in statements about worship.
Perceived values are what we would hope to do or how we would like to be engaged in mission. One of the most desired perceived values was a desire to serve the community. Named most often were: long-term local community outreach, diversity, hands-on service to the community, inclusivity, outreach in evangelism and compassion. Looking both internally and externally, preferred values were: stepping into God’s truth with boldness, loving one another, generosity, openness, flexibility/tolerance, teamwork, understanding the Word, youth participation in worship, and witness. Some challenged the group by adding discomfort as a preferred value, suggesting we need to look beyond our comfort zones.
The values will be the beginnings of the discussion in the next gathering scheduled for April 19, 3 to 5 P.M. in the great hall. We hope to see you there.



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