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CENTRAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
512 S. Bernard St Spokane WA
Education Hour at 9:15am
Worship at 10:30am
with Children's Church
Fellowship at 11:45am
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Sunday, February 19
7th Sunday after the Epiphany
In today’s first reading we hear, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Yet we know we cannot achieve perfection. Our attempts to love neighbors and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. Yet in Jesus we see one who loved even those who persecuted and killed him. We are made holy in baptism, and forgiven at the table of God’s mercy. As a people made holy by God, we go in peace to love as we have been loved.
Readings and Psalm
- Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Holiness revealed in acts of mercy and justice
- Psalm 119:33-40
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes. (Ps. 119:33)
- 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23
Allegiance to Christ, not human leaders
- Matthew 5:38-48
The teaching of Christ: love
A Holy Life
Both the Leviticus and Matthew readings give us directions for living a holy life, and the readings from Psalms and Corinthians echo this love of God’s righteousness and holiness. Leviticus sets forth the totality of the holiness God expects in our lives, and such detailed commandments can certainly be stifling and don’t always translate well to new times and cultures. But some of those details are startling in their relevance: don’t completely clean the fields but instead leave some for the poor and the alien, don’t profit from the blood of a neighbor, don’t hate any kin. Each law ends with “I am the Lord,” reminding us not only who God is, but also who we are and who we aren’t, and why it is we should follow these proscriptions.
Jesus expands, in the Sermon on the Mount, the notion of holiness set forth in Leviticus: turn the other cheek, give more than is asked for, love your enemy. Radical words, indeed. Yet even these directives remain only laws, with the potential to drain life instead of give it, if they are not rooted in Jesus’ life and the holiness he gives us. Interestingly, Jesus ends this portion of his sermon with almost the same formula as Leviticus, invoking God’s perfection. Not only do these words call us to high standards—from our finances to our familial relationships to our dealings with strangers—but they also serve the purpose of making it clear how much we fail and how much we need God. So repetition of God’s holiness and perfection is important, in marked contrast to our own lack of holiness. But it’s even more important that it is Jesus who delivers this message, since he not only embodies that holiness but offers it to us as well, and enables us to live out God’s laws.
Childrens’ Church (Sundays during worship as schedules) CC is for kids up to 5th grade and is held in the Sunday School room upstairs. Lessons are based on the lectionary so families can talk about what they learned together each Sunday.Adult Forum (Sundays at 9:15am) As part of our Stewardship Team's emphasis of "Know how much God loves you," we will be starting a study on one of the great parables of Jesus from Luke 15:11-32. Come find out how much God loves YOU! (Study begins Jan. 8th.)
Exploring Faith (Tuesdays at Noon) This study will resume on January 10th will a conversation about what we'd like to tackle next. Give it some thought and come join us!
Men's Group (Second Saturday of the month) Men's Group meets on Saturday, February 11th with breakfast at Frankie Doodles at 8am.
Opportunities at Central -- To view the pamphlet click here Opportunities at Central - January 2017.pdf
Music -- Click on Music Presentations to hear the latest of musical presentations by our music staff. Just scroll down the podcasts to hear the latest musical presentations. Enjoy!!!
In February/March we hope to have some congregational events to raise money for the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign.. We would hope that many members would participate either by working or pledging support for the work of other members.
We do things locally to support hunger such as supporting the food bank; offering our own food bank; and Meals on Wheels participation.
However, this is a unique opportunity to be supportive of alleviating World Hunger on a worldwide scale with the greater church in ways that would not be possible as individuals or members of a single congregation.
SO. . .what might YOU be willing to do: WORK, SUPPORT?
Here are two ways you might be involved:
- Could your cleaning skills be put to work in some area of the church and you seek sponsors to support you with a pledge OR could you put out a challenge for someone to clean a specific church area and then pledge a certain amount to the World Hunger initiative?
- Could we give even more generously to the freewill offerings collected at our Ash Wednesday service, Thursday evening Lenten Soup Suppers, Maundy Thursday Service, and Good Friday service and add these offerings to the World Hunger initiative?
The goal is for us to work TOGETHER to support this cause. We could have lots of fun and fellowship and feel the sense of accomplishment together as we support the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving 2017 campaign (PLUS the church will be clean for EasterJ).
- Nearly 800 million peop0le – that’s 1 in9 people in the world – are hungry.
- Gifts to ELCA World Hunger make it possible to respond to community needs: health clinics, water wells, microloans, community meals.
- 795 million people around the world – that’s 1 in 10 – can’t access the food they need to live active, healthy lives.
- 46.7 million Americans were living in poverty in 2014. For a family of four, this means their annual household income was below $23, 850.
The goal of the Journey through Lent with ELCA’s World Hunger’s 40 days of Giving 2017 campaign is to have congregations raise $1 million.
YOUR Stewardship Team – Paul Brueggemeier, Gary Dahlke, Elvira Henderson (Council Liason), Kathy Phillips, Sandy Fink, and Pastor Kappus
Lenten Mid-Week Worship Service
New Emphasis for this year: Share a ride!
This year your Worship and Music Team wants to encourage all of our members to attend our midweek Lenten Services that will be held on Thursdays Mar 9, 2017 through April 6, 2017. The soup supper is served at 5:45 pm, with the Lenten Worship Service at 7:00 pm. We are hoping that if you want to attend but need a ride, you will contact the church office: 624-9233 or ask another member for a ride. Also, if you are driving to the event, maybe you could call someone who would be convenient to pick up and invite them to come with you. These Thursday night events will give you a chance to get to know your fellow worshippers better, give you an opportunity to eat without having to fix it yourself and provide a chance to worship and reflect on the God who gave his only Son to save us.
There will also be Maundy Thursday Service April 13th at 7:00 pm, Good Friday Service April 14th at 7:00 pm and Easter Vigil on Saturday April 15th for which we will need to provide rides too. Handbell Choir and Chancel Choir rehearse Thursdays as well. Maybe this would be the opportunity to join one of our choirs.
LENTEN MID-WEEK SERVICE SCHEDULE
Worship Service: 7:00 PM Soup Supper: 5:45– 6:45 PM
Bell Choir: 6:15– 7:00 PM Chancel Choir: 7:35 PM
Please see the sign-up sheet in the Fireside room to pick an evening to provide soup/bread.