PRAYERS AND SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR APRIL
As we enter Holy Week and celebrate our Lord's death for us and His resurrection, let us join together in scripture reading and prayer that God may fill us up with is power so that we may proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.
Sunday, April 1 - Prayer of the Week
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
SUNDAY: Mark 16:1-8
MONDAY: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
TUESDAY: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
WEDNESDAY: Acts 10:34-43
THURSDAY: Acts 4:32-35
FRIDAY: Psalm 133
SATURDAY: 1 John 1:1-2:2
Sunday, April 8-Prayer of the Week
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord, Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: John 20:19-31
MONDAY: Daniel 3:1-20
WEDNESDAY: Acts 3:1-10
THURSDAY: Acts 3:12-19
FRIDAY: Psalm 4
SATURDAY: 1 John 3:1-7
Sunday, April 15-Prayer of the Week
God of the Covenant, in this mystery of the cross you promise everlasting life to the world. Gather all peoples into your arms and shelter us with your mercy, that we may rejoice in the life we share in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: Luke 24:36b-48
MONDAY: 1 John 3:10-16
TUESDAY: 2 John 1-6
WEDNESDAY: Acts 4:1-4
THURSDAY: Acts 4:5-12
FRIDAY: Psalm 23
SATURDAY: 1 John 3:16-24
Sunday, April 22-Prayer of the Week
Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt may we, who have not seen, have faith in you and receive the fullness of Christ's blessing who live and reign with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: John 10:11-18
MONDAY: 1 Peter 5:5-15
TUESDAY: Psalm 95
WEDNESDAY: 2 Timothy 4:6-11,18
THURSDAY: Acts 8:26-40
FRIDAY: Psalm 22:25-31
SATURDAY: 1 John 4:7-21
Sunday, April 29-Prayer of the Week
Eternal and all-merciful God, with all the angels and all the saints we laud your majesty ad might. By the resurrection of your Son, show yourself to us and inspire us to follow Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
SUNDAY: John 15:1-8
MONDAY: Galatians 5:16-26
TUESDAY: John 14;8-14
WEDNESDAY: Isaiah 65:17-25
THURSDAY: Acts 10:44-48
FRIDAY: Psalm 98
SATURDAY: 1 John 5:1-6
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REV. LARRY D. LAINE, PASTOR
MRS. PATRICIA A. SHOUP, MINISTER OF MUSIC
MRS. KAY F. MOOSCH, PARISH SECRETARY
MRS. DEBORAH K. HINE, SEXTON
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Bulletin April 22.......
Sharing Faith Through Art
by Pat Shoup
“What can a church do to help their budget?” That question has been asked by members of many local churches including, Trinity Lutheran Church in Bangor.
Trinity has been able to cut expenses this past year by printing their bulletin covers instead of purchasing them. With a new color copier, the members of the Worship and Music Committee decided that printing the covers would be easy. Even if it saved them a couple hundred dollars a year, it was a start.
While the committee was trying to decide on a picture for the front cover, it was suggested that they could have the Sunday School Children draw them. That idea grew into: “Why not let anyone make one – not only Sunday School Children?”
Since Advent season was coming up – it was a good time to start because there would be many things to draw (i.e. Baby Jesus, Candles, Christmas wreaths, Christmas trees, manger scenes, angels, etc.) Trinity Pastor Larry Laine explained to the congregation what was going to happen and the process began.
Not only does Trinity save money, but also the people who come to worship look forward to seeing the artwork on the front of each bulletin. Some Sundays there are two or three different bulletin covers with the same theme. The back of every bulletin contains a story about the front-page drawing and lets everyone know who drew the picture.
There have been covers made by children and adults of all ages. One of the Christmas covers was drawn by two-year-old Cori Conrad. It was a brown stick with some green limbs and colored circles for decorations, a beautiful Christmas Tree shared with everyone from the hands of a toddler. One Sunday, Brenda Herring shared a collage of the bulletin covers she had collected since the process began. It was a great reminder of how people are sharing their faith in pictures.
Jean Tucker, a member of Trinity and who is a resident at Alexandria Manor, keeps every cover in her room and shares each one with her friends at the Manor. And everyone who receives food from Trinity's pantry receives a bulletin with their order as a reminder of the many things that are happening in the church.
Not only has Trinity cut down on expenses by printing their own covers, the congregation continues to express their Christian faith by sharing their art.
Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to join them on any Sundays at 10:15. You'll not only get to see the bulletin yourself, but you'll also be able to spend an hour with a congregation which loves to share their faith with their guests. And after the service, you're invited to get to know the members better during the coffee hour downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
Anthony Kmetz II
Michael Altorfer, Sr.
Mark Smith, Sr.
Stephen Bair II
Pastor Larry Laine