Pastor’s Piece: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
We thank the Lord for the birth and the growth of the ecumenical movement over the past century. Our encounter with Christians from other traditions and our common prayer for Christian unity encourages us to seek mutual forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance.
We must not allow the baggage of the past to hinder us from drawing closer to one another.
Local Expressions in January 2020
Youth from St. Mark’s Episcopal and Ascension Lutheran joined thumbs and hearts to open their evening together in this prayer circle (see photo). The evening included games, supper and prayer. In small groups , youth spent quiet time in St. Mark’s candlelit sanctuary, where they considered various ways of praying. (See photo of candles at the stained glass window.)
Themed sheets invited reflection on questions such as:
When you hear about terrible things happening in the world, do you wish you could do something? Next time you feel that way, try this:
- Pick out a story or photograph in the newspaper or magazine. Pick out something that bothers you.
- Ask yourself, who can I pray for in this situation? What is needed and who might provide it? What do they need from God? Look for the helpers and pray for them. Look for those who are hurt and pray for them. Pray for leaders who have power in the situation.
- Think about a particular problem in the world that you worry about. Try answering the same questions asked in item 2 above for this problem. Use the answers to form a prayer.
WELCA to begin four-part Bible study
Women of the ELCA (WELCA) will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, in the upper fellowship hall to begin a four-part Bible study titled “We are called!” Session 1 “Hearing God’s call” will focus on men and women in the Old Testament. For information, contact Shirley Toppenberg at 634-4946.
Free Little Pantry to focus on washing
For Ascension’s Free Little Pantry it’s wash day in January. So bring detergent, spot remover, fabric softener and bleach, or if you prefer a food item, bring rice and beans.
During these Epiphany days, we share the light of Christ that composer Cathy Pino and performers Aimee and Joel Pakan provide in this recording of “You are the Light of the World”. Click here to listen!
Information is on website, Facebook
For those of you who can receive information from the Internet, we want to remind you of Ascension’s website and its Facebook page. A decision was made to stop inserting a calendar in the newsletter, primarily because it was difficult to read and wasn’t always up to date. A calendar synced to the church secretary’s master listings can be accessed any time on the church website, ascensioncheyenne.org. Ascension also maintains a Facebook page, and you don’t have to have a Facebook account to see the information. It can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Lutheran-Church/Ascension-Lutheran-Church-108168559225490/. That page is also synced to pastor’s Instagram account. See photos from the recent Church Council-church staff retreat as well as photos and commentary from Keren Meister-Emerich and Denise Martin’s trip to Africa.
Pantry to focus on baking and washing
Ascension’s Free Little Pantry will focus on two major areas during the next two months. Appropriately, December’s featured items relate to baking: flour, sugar (white, brown, powdered), salt, spices, baking soda and baking powder. In January, it’s wash day, so let’s bring detergent, spot remover, fabric softener and bleach, or if you prefer a food item, bring rice and beans.