WELCOME TOUR OF ST. PAUL REMODEL

11/14/2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Old Saybrook, CT

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“How’s your oil supply?” a sermon on Matt 25:1-13

11/12/2017

Sermon on Matt 25:1-13
“How’s your oil supply?”

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Old Saybrook, CT

Long live Mr. Bean:

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RETRACING STEPS TO FIND THE CURRENT (min msg)

Amos 5:24

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“(Re)Discovering God’s Blessing” an All Saints Sermon on Matt 5:1-12

11/05/2017
All Saints Sunday

Sermon on Matt 5:1-12
“(Re)Discovering God’s Blessing”

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Old Saybrook, CT

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DEFINING BLESSING (a min msg after a storm)

Thinking ahead to Matt 5:1-12…How do you define the word “Blessing”?

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9.5 THINGS TO DO ON OCT 31 WITH MARTIN LUTHER (min msg)

ITS REFORMATION 500 – what are you gonna do?

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Our Prayers for Unity on Reformation 500

For five centuries the Western Church has experienced fracture that has harmed our common witness to Jesus Christ.  While we remember our heroes in the faith, we also remember that words and actions by both them and the responses of others has caused conflict, mistrust, condemnations, name-calling, and violence – not only across the whole church, but in communities, families and friendships.

Since the Second Vatican Council, both Roman Catholic and Lutheran-Christians have worked toward greater unity through the Lutheran-Catholic Dialogues. Many Protestant Churches have worked toward greater reconciliation, shared ministries, and full-communion partnerships. How the whole church, local communities, and individual Christians interface with a multi-faith and secular world raises new questions to our witness and mission. While a changing world scares many of us, our hope remains in the One who ‘makes all things new’ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:15; Revelation 21:5).

On this dawn of a new day let us remember the words of H. George Anderson (former Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) who reminds us, ‘It is a good time to be the church.”

The five commitments toward Christian unity we uphold today will guide our celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. These commitments were first used in Lund, Sweden in a joint service led by both Pope Francis and Lutheran World Federation President, Munib Yunan on October 31, 2016.

We offer the lighting of these candles as a sign of solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the world.

PGS

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(The five imperitves below are adapted from the resource: FROM CONFLICT TO COMMUNION: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, Report of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity[Leipzig: Bonifatius, 2013] pp. 87-79.)

– We celebrate the commitment to begin from the perspective of unity and not from the point of view of division in order to strengthen what is held in common even though differences are often more easily seen and experienced.  (Light a candle)

– We celebrate the commitment to be continually transformed by the encounter with the other and by the mutual witness of faith. (Light a candle)

– We celebrate the commitment to seek visible unity, to elaborate together what unity means in concrete steps, and to strive repeatedly toward this goal. (Light a candle)

– We celebrate the commitment to rediscover the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for our time. (Light a candle)

– We celebrate the commitment to witness God’s mercy together in both proclamation and service to the world. (Light a candle)

Prayer of the Day

Jesus Christ, Lord of the church, send your Holy Spirit! Illumine our hearts and heal our memories. O Holy Spirit: help us to rejoice in the gifts that have come to the Church through the Reformation, prepare us to repent for the dividing walls that we, and our forebears, have built, and equip us for common witness and service in the world. Amen.

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