PRAYERS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR FEBRUARY
As we continue in the Epiphany season and look forward to Ash Wednesday and Lent, let us continue to focus our hearts and minds through scripture and prayer that God may fill us up with his power so that we may proclaim the good news to all people.
Sunday, Feb. 3 - Prayer of the Week
Holy God, mighty and immortal, you are beyond our knowing, yet we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Transform us into the likeness of your Son, who renewed our humanity so that we may share in his divinity, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 4:21-30
MONDAY: 1 Kings 17:8-16
TUESDAY: Acts 9:19b-25
WEDNESDAY: Acts 9:26-31
THURSDAY: Isaiah 6:1-8 (9-13)
FRIDAY: Psalm 138
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Sunday, Feb. 10- Prayer of the Week
Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 5:1-11
MONDAY: Judges 5:1-11
TUESDAY: Luke 5:27-32
WEDNESDAY: 1 Timothy 3:1-9
THURSDAY: Jeremiah 17:5-10
FRIDAY: Psalm 1
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Sunday, Feb. 17 Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, the resplendent light of your truth shines from the mountaintop into our hearts. Transfigure us by your beloved Son, and illumine the world with your image, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 6:17-26
MONDAY: 1 Corinthians 15:20-34
TUESDAY: Genesis 43:16-34
WEDNESDAY: Genesis 44:1-7
THURSDAY: Genesis 45:3-11, 15
FRIDAY: Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40
SATURDAY: 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,
Sunday, Feb. 24 - Prayer of the Week
Holy God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin. Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, the the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 6:27-38
MONDAY: Luke 6:39-49
TUESDAY: Luke 7:1-10
WEDNESDAY: Deuteronomy 9:1-24
THURSDAY: Exodus 34:29-35
FRIDAY: Psalm 90
SATURDAY: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Creator, whatever it is you want me to do today, this is what I want to do
Whatever it is you want me to say today, Creator, this is what I want to say.
Wherever it is you want me to go today, Creator, that is where I want to go.
Seqoyah, a Native American
REV. LARRY D. LAINE, PASTOR
MRS. PATRICIA A. SHOUP, MINISTER OF MUSIC
MRS. KAY F. MOOSCH, PARISH SECRETARY
MRS. DEBORAH K. HINE, SEXTON
Website: www. tlcbangor.com
Pastor’s Cell Phone # 757-613-7126
Pastor Laine’s e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Office – 610-588-2023 Fax. No. – 610-588-8904
Bulletin Cover January 27....
The Inviting Church
The biggest challenge for us as a congregation is reaching out to invite others into our life and mission at Trinity Lutheran. We need to become an invitational church. We have the facilities, the warmth, the talent to make people comfortable one they worship and participate with us. However, we need to develop the skills to ask people and bring people to our worship and events. That is not something that comes naturally for us as Lutherans. We are "laid back" folks, and not overtly prone to invite others to be part of our family.
As churches go, we are a very exciting church. We are a happy church. We are a growing church. We are a giving church. We are a friendly church. We are a caring church. And now we must be an inviting church - a church that talks about our church outside the walls of this building, a church that invites others to join us for worship and fellowship, a church that will even pick you up for worship service or other events of your interests.
All studies that I have read, and the experiences that we have had, indicate that churches grow because the people of that church ask their friends and neighbors to come and worship with them or participate in some event the church sponsors. People share what is happening in our church - something as simple as sharing a church bulletin created by some member of the church family may be a good conversational stater. Dropping the name of our church, or something that has happened in our church that was humorous, or entertaining, meaningful or exciting to you is always a good place to start a conversation.
Another conversation starter is to simply ask people, "Are you people church folks? Tell me about your experience." Often people have been church attenders, but because of some "negative" experience they have not returned. LISTEN TO THEIR STORY! And then respond with "I am sorry that has happened to you, I am sure I would have felt the same had I experienced what you experienced." (And I will tell you about my experience! Because my church experience is exciting and meaningful!)! Bring someone to church next Sunday with you Christ changes lives! The Christian community will embrace you and support you! That is our calling! Churchs grow because your relationships grow.
Peace and Blessings - Pastor Laine
Fellowship Dinners are being planned for Friday evenings on February 8 and 15 and Satrday evenings on February 9 and 16 at 6:00 pm.
Sign-up sheets are down in the Fellowship Hall on the tables. Please sign up the night you plan on going to a dinner.
The next book club meeting will be held on Tuesday evening, February 19, at 7 pm at the home of Larry & Janice Cory, 335 Franklin St., Pen Argyl at 7:00 pm. The book to read is "Unsheltered" by Barbara Kingslover. It is the story of 2 families in 2 centuries who live in the same house in Vineland, New Jersey.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Trinity's Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Tuesday evening, February 12 at 7 pm at Terry Smith's home, 138 Red Oak Lane, Bangor.