Welcome to Volume 3 Number 18 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
Today marks 40 days since Easter which if you have checked your handy dandy church calendar means that it is Ascension Day. 40 days after Christ rose from the grave the church celebrates Christ ascension into heaven. This is one of those events that occurs on the cosmic stage. Christ from the top of the mountain ascends to the right hand of God and pours out the Holy Spirit on the world. It is one of the defining displays of God's authority and power. However, because it falls during the week we don't get to spend a lot of time with Ascension Day.
I had been trying to come up with an image to frame the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. As I was driving to church this morning I passed a Sherwin Williams Paint truck and I saw their famous logo of paint being pouring and covering the globe. I found it to be an incredible image for Christ's ascension and pouring out of the Holy Spirit.
Today is a day where we see on full display God's power and authority. Christ ascension is not about God not being with us on earth but rather about the coming of the Holy Spirit to be with us and dwell with us in ways the physical incarnation of Christ's can't. I once read of two fourth-century theologians that summed it up like this. Christ rose from death to fill the cosmos, and Christ ascended into the Eucharist. Luther often spoke of Christ because of his ascension allow him to be in the bread, the community and in all things.
**I am always interested in discussing issues and current events with anyone so please feel free to contact me for conversation.
Prayer Requests: Shirley P., Andrea, David, Daniel, Dorothy F, Noel, Christopher and Jill, Tom S., Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, Lu-Ann, Kathy, Patty and Berry, help us to remember and keep the promises we made to Oscar, Otto, Leah, Nichole, Sophia, Danielle, Grayson, Elijah in their baptism, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Paul Lutheran, we pray for students and teachers everywhere, help us to remain troubled by everything that is troubling in the world, we pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.
*New What's Going On- Over the summer What's Going On is going to have a new look. We are combining with St. Mark's and St. Paul Lutheran for monthly discussions. After our Faith, Sexism and Justice work there was a desire to gather together to continue conversation around our shared faith. So each month during the summer will gather to talk about different topics, June will be salvation, July will be Scripture and August will be Society. Each week our e-newsletter will be written by a different voice here in SE Portland. Join us at Shut Up and Eat (SE 39th and Gladstone) for our next gathering will be June 28th from 6-7:30pm.
Summer Hymns and Preaching- Last summer we experimented with a total request hymn sing and it will be back again this summer. We posted a sheet of paper outside of the sanctuary where people wrote down their favorite hymns and we sang them throughout the summer, so start thinking of your favorite hymns. Also this Summer Pastor Andrew would love input on preaching topics, so there will also be a sheet where you could put down topics, pieces of scripture, or anything else you would like to have preached about this summer.
Holy Trinity Supper Club *new dates being discussed- Once a month we will be hosting an evening meal and worship here at Holy Trinity. We will be gathering around 4:30 at the church for dinner and conversation together followed by a short informal worship service. All are welcome and come hungry.
New For the Bible Tells Me So- St. Paul's and St. Mark's have organized a series of Bible studies and a movie around the topic of What Does the Bible Say about Sexuality and Gender-Based Issues? A thesis of the film is that much of Christianity's homophobia represents a misreading of scripture, a denial of science, and an embrace of quack psychology. The movie, For the Bible Tells Me So, will first be shown at St. Paul's on Sunday, June 4th at 11:30 am following the worship service. A second showing will be on June 25th at 5:30 pm. Both showings will be accompanied by meals! A two part Bible study will be held at St. Paul's on June 11th and 18th from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm following the worship service. The main resource for the Bible study (besides the Bible) will be The Good Book by Peter J. Gomes. The first part of the study will focus on how to read the Bible with our mind and our heart. The second part will build on the first part to understand the various references in the Bible to sexuality.
New Southeast PDX Meeting- Last month Apirl, Romeo and I attended a meeting of people in SE PDX to talk about the neighborhood, hear stories, and to talk about the pressures and strains we experience in our day to day loves. We are going to be meeting again on June 12th from 6-8 at St. Mark's and I would love to have you come along. If you have any questions you can feel free to ask.
Spring Cleaning! After getting canceled we have set June 17th for our spring cleaning! There is a list where we can post jobs to be down on the clean up day.
Children's Clothing Closet- The 4th Saturday of each month the Bethlehem Children's Clothing Closet is open at St. Mark's Lutheran Church from 12-2pm. Please pass the word along, there is also always a need for donations and volunteers. Contact Pastor Andrew if you have any questions.
Clothes Needed- Warm jackets, hats, gloves, sports bras, thick socks, and scarves are needed for people who are part of the Re-entry program at the Clark County Jail. You can help show Gods merciful love to hurting people who are being released from jail often to the streets to be homeless. Be part of a success story. Your donation will give a person warmth, safety, hope, and dignity as they try and rebuild their lives. Donations can be brought to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Let's help people start their journey with a gift from the Lord.
If you would like a printed version of our weekend newsletter they can be found on the bulletin board by the bathrooms at church.
There are some Lutheran community organizers looking to get to know SE Portland and do some work around concerns in the community. If you are interested in the future of our corner of Portland and want to chat with them they would love to hear about your passions and desires for Portland. Let Andrew know if you are interested in chatting with them.
We have been invited on the second Friday of every month to join for worship with the saints at Our Lady of Sorrows Church here in Woodstock. At 7pm on those Fridays they gather for a Taize Service. Taize is an ecumenical community in France that has developed a method of prayer that combines music, prayer and silence. It is a beautiful service and something that cannot be related in words but needs to be experienced. If you are looking for a new worship opportunity you should check it out.
Holy Trinity's Little Library- Thanks to Keith our Little Library is now complete and up on the fence! It is located on Ogden Street right off of 39th. So if you need a book or have a few to donate swing on by.
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Pastor Andrew's schedule for 5/29-6/2
Monday- on call if needed, Memorial Day
Tuesday- around the office or SE Portland, Pastor's group at noon
Wednesday- around church or SE Portland
Thursday- around church or SE Portland
Friday- sermon writing, on call if needed