Welcome to Volume 3 Number 26 of this E-Newsletter.
Grace, Mercy and Peace from our Risen Savior.
*Note from Andrew- This week continues our Summer series with St. Paul and St. Mark's, our writing each week are going to be from different leaders in SE. This week the word comes from Pastor Elizabeth! There is more information on the project below or you can check out the blog http://sepdxlutherans.blogspot.com
One of the things I relish about being a parish pastor is my weekly deep dive into the readings from the Bible that I’ll be preaching on. The readings are laid out for us in a three-year cycle, the Revised Common Lectionary, which we share, with minor variations, with everyone from Roman Catholics to United Methodists.
Old Testament reading (except during Easter, when we read from Acts), Psalm, Epistle reading, Gospel.
After more than 15 years of regular preaching, you’d think these readings would become old friends, even a little over-familiar.
Each Monday, I’m looking at the readings, and the notes I made about them when I created my overview of the liturgical season. And every week, I discover that while they’re often old friends, they are also surprising and challenging and unsettling. I read the lectionary texts, and then I walk with them through the week as I visit people, attend meetings, make phone calls, chase children and cook dinner. The cries and laments of the prophets, the honest prayers of the psalms, the urgent cajoling of the epistles go with me into hospital rooms and care centers, the food pantry and the clothes closet.
And always, always, the words and stories and actions of Jesus. “Sufficient unto the day is the worry thereof” “A sower went out to sow . . “ “There once was a man who had two sons . . “ and again and again “The kingdom of heaven is like . . “ How can I not be looking out for the kingdom of heaven? How can I not hear the cries of the poor and abandoned the prophets preach about? How can I not call out to God with the psalmist?
So by Saturday, the events of the week and the words of the Scriptures have bumped up against each other, jostled one another, struck sparks . . and something goes down on paper, and I call that the sermon.
Rev. Elizabeth A. Larsen
Pastor, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
**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., Ben I., Bruce, Rev. Maggie, Jane, Don, Rheasa (Re-A-Sa) and Caleb, for the family and friends of Terry, 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, Puddletown School, 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.
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 July 26th from 6:30-8pm.
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.
This Sunday Holy Trinity Supper Club- Thank you to everyone who came to our supper club last Sunday. Despite the heat it was a wonderful evening of fellowship and worship. We will be having another Supper Club soon.
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.
New Holy Lands Trip- Pastor Curtis Zieske, currently the interim pastor at Our Savior's in Seaside, is organizing a trip to the Holy Lands this fall and is inviting members of Oregon Synod congregations to come along. The trip is from October 31st till November 13th. Pastor Andrew has more information if you are interested.
13th Viewing and Discussion- Holy Trinity will be hosting a viewing and discussion on the documentary 13th on Aug. 6th at 6:30pm. The Oscar-nominated documentary explores the historical, social and economic link between slavery and the modern-day prison system. There will be a discussion afterwards of the film. Join us in community for this powerful film.
Clothes Needed- Clothes for the summer months, especially shoes 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.
Bible Study on Matthew- Our Gospel readings this year comes from the Gospel of Matthew, so why not take a deeper dive into the book. Join us Tuesday mornings at 10 here at Holy Trinity for a study on Matthews Gospel. We will join together in prayer, conversation, scripture and fellowship during our time together. This will be an 8 session course, which you can attend as you are able our next gathering will be on August 1st, 22, Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 3rd, 17, 31.
Photography Open House- Local artist Taran Nadler is going to be having his first exhibit of his photography here at Holy Trinity this August. The artist explains the project like this "The exhibit will showcase the work that first triggered my obsession with photography: the process of slowing down and re-learning to see the basic beauty in the world around us." Be sure to join us for the open house August. 25th from 5-8pm.
Camp Lutherwood Harvest Festival- October 1st will be Camp Lutherwoods Harvest Festival. It will be an afternoon of fellowship, fun, food and fundraising. Contact the church office for more details.
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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If you are interested in my occasional musing on my blog you can find it here http://spoileralertimnotagoodwriter.blogspot.com
Pastor Andrew's schedule for 7/24-28
Monday- on call if needed
Tuesday- Around church or SE then Pastors group in the afternoon
Wednesday- Around church or SE Portland then discussion at Shut Up and Eat in Evening.
Thursday- IMIrJ Vigil at Portland I.C.E. office and then Around church or SE Portland
Friday- sermon writing, on call if needed.