Sunday, October 21 – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

 

Today's gospel starts with disciples obsessing over who's number one, which leads Jesus to say something

about God's take on importance and power. Here Jesus makes it explicit that the reversal of values in

God's community is a direct challenge to the values of the dominant culture, where wielding power over

others is what makes you great. When we pray "your kingdom come" we are praying for an end to

tyranny and oppression. We pray this gathered around the cross, a sign of great shame transformed to be

the sign of great honor and service.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 25 

Justice Study, 12 - 1:30 PM

Knutsen Hall

 

All are invited!

 

 

 

Sunday, October 28  –  Reformation Sunday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11:00 AM

 

Sierra Pacific Synod Benevolence Sunday

 

On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free!

We pray that theHoly Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation

and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body;

we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord's table.

 

 

 

Thursday, November 1st

Justice Study, 12 - 1:30 PM

Knutsen Hall

 

All are invited!

 

 

 

Sunday, November 4 – All Saints Day

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:45 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

Congregation Church Council, 11 AM

 

Commemoration of Loved Ones who have died during the year.

 

Of all three years of the lectionary cycle, this year's All Saints readings have the most

tearsIsaiah and Revelation look forward to the day when God will wipe away all tears;

in John's gospel, Jesus weeps along with Mary and all the gathered mourners

before hedemonstrates his power over death. On All Saints Day we celebrate the

victory won for all the faithful dead, but we grieve for our beloved dead as well, knowing

that God honors our tears. We bring our grief to the table and find there a

foretaste of Isaiah's feast to come.

 

 

Thursday, November 8th

Justice Study, 12 - 1:30 PM

Knutsen Hall

 

All are invited!

 

Sunday, November 11 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

Birthday Sunday

Fair Trade Items Available

 

Widows are visible everywhere in today's readings. Jesus denounces those scribes who pray

impressive prayers but devour widows' houses. He commends the poor widow who in his view gave far more

than the major donors. Jesus doesn't see her simply as an object of compassion or charity. She, like the widow

of Zarephath who shares her last bit of food with Elijah, does something of great importance.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, November 15th

Justice Study, 12 - 1:30 PM

Knutsen Hall

 

All are invited!

 

 

 

Sunday, November 18 – 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Worship, 9:30 AM

Refreshments, 10:35 AM

Youth Sunday School, 10:45 AM

Adult Bible Study, 11 AM

 

Pledge Sunday

Harvest Festival

 

November begins with All Saints Day and ends in or near Advent, when we anticipate

Christ's coming again. So the readings today tell of the final resurrection and the end time.

 In the turmoil of hope, fear, and disbelief that these predictions provoke in us,

Hebrews sounds a note of confident trust. Christ makes a way for us where there is no way

, and we walk it confidently, our hearts and bodies washed in baptismal water, trusting the

 one who has promised. The more we see the last day approaching, the more important it is

 to meet together to provoke one another to love.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 25  –  The Reign of Christ Sunday

Worship, 9:30 AM

Greening of the Church

Followed by lunch

 

San Jose Family Housing Benevolence Sunday

 

Even after Israel had experienced the vagaries of kings, they still longed for a true king to set things right.

He would have the king's title of Anointed One (Messiah); he would be the "one like a human being"

(Son of Man) given dominionin Daniel's vision. Jesus is given these titles, even though he is nothing like an

earthly king. His authority comes from the truth to which he bears witness, and those who

 recognize the truth voluntarily listen to him. We look forward to the day he is given dominion, knowing his victory

will be the nonviolent victory of love.

 

 

Reprinted from Words for Worship, copyright 2012 Augsburg Fortress

Used by permission of Augsburg Fortress.