Dear People of Grace,
How’s your heart?
That’s the question we asked as we gathered for worship on Sunday morning. Just like we need other kinds of check-ups and scheduled maintenance for all kinds of things in our lives, so we need to practice “spiritual check-ups” and see how our heart is doing.
In the traditions and teachings of the Hebrew people, your heart is the very core and center of who you are. In 2018 we have a greater understanding of how the brain controls many of the aspects of our bodies and interactions with our world, but in the time of Jesus, people understood that it was the heart mattered most.
So, I ask again, how is your heart? Is your heart directed always towards Jesus and a faith-filled life, or could it use a little tender loving care and work?
However you answer those questions and wherever you find yourself this week, be bold to pray, “Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.”
Jesus has a heart for you and for all people, and he desires deeply that our hearts be turned towards him and his kingdom call in our lives always.
In Christ’s peace,
PRAYER for the week of 09/02/2018
Let us pray…
Into my heart, into my heart,
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus;
Come in today, come in to stay;
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.
Out of my heart, out of my heart,
Shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus;
Shine out today, shine out always;
Shine out of my heart, Lord Jesus
SCRIPTURE READING from Psalm 51
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
THREE THINGS for the week 09/02/2018
1) A VERY SPECIAL GUEST…on Monday, September 17th we will welcome a very special guest from Madagascar to Grace! At 6:30pm we will host a “Meet n Greet” for Madame Jean Christiane, who is the director of a Bible College in the Lutheran Church in Madagsacar. Come and learn about the church in Madagascar, as well as see photos from recent trips to the country. During this time, we will serve cookies and beverages. If you can help by making a dozen or two of cookies to share, please be in touch with Pastor Tara. This is a BALM event and all are welcome to attend this special evening. The Lutheran Church in Madagascar is our companion synod here in SWPA synod.
2) MEN & WOMEN’S MINISTRY…OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP
A. BALM MEN’S MINISTRY…meets again on Saturday, September 8th at 8am at Rider Luther, West Sunbury. All men of all ages are invited to be a part of this time of fellowship and faith. Come and be fed physically and spiritually! If you have questions, please be in touch with Pastor Joel Benson at (724)287-1977.
B. THIS THURSDAY: Ladies’ Night Out (9/6/2018)…meets at the Rock at Haven at 5:30pm. All women are invited to attend for a time of fellowship. If you have questions, contact Dixie Fleeger.
3) TED TALKS FAITH…THIS SUNDAY (9/9/2018)…Meet in the Church Library at 9am to talk faith while watching a TED Talk with a faith-based theme. All are welcome to join in the discussion and consider how God is moving and active in our world. Questions? Contact Diane Curry or Cheryl Belowich.
TREASURE HUNTER’S SALE REPORT BACK…We are pleased to report that our Sale raised more than $2600 for our Grace Lutherlyn Campership Fund. Thank you to each and every person who supported the sale in any way and to everyone for supporting our kids/teens in their faith formation!
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY (16th Sunday after Pentecost): https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/texts.php?id=218
SOURCE FOR THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Harry D. Clark