March 8, 2020 Sermon & Announcements

March 8, 2020 Sermon – Lent 2

Announcements ~ March 8, 2020

A: Return to the Lord, your God, with all your heart.
C: Return to the LORD who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love

Good morning, Church! You remembered to put your clocks head last night! God’s blessings to all this Second Sunday of Lent and a special welcome to guests visiting with us today. We are blessed by your presence.

*This Wednesday we continue our Lenten midweek suppers and worship. Soup and sandwiches at 6 pm. Evening Prayer Worship at 7 p.m. This year our theme is “The Body of Christ.” Pastor Kim Nunberg from Zion Lutheran in Williamsport will share a message on the “Heart of Christ.” Come for supper or for worship or both as part of your Lenten adventure.

*TODAY we begin to collect items for our Easter Food basket. Please take a tag or two off the giving tree in the lobby and bring the food back before the end of the month. The basket will help the families whose children receive our Micah’s backpack. Thanks for your help.

*Today Abigail Andrews will lead our youngster Bible Adventure into the story of the Lost Sheep. It will be a good time! Our adult Sunday School class will be looking at next week’s gospel, Jesus’ meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. Jim & Jamie Cannon will lead that class and you WILL have an insightful, good time, too!

*The flowers in the parlor are given in honor of Dolores Carson in celebration of her birthday by her family.

*I invite Pastor Alessandri to offer a word.

This week’s concerns and joys:

*Sandy Myers is at Meritus Hospital after having a heart attack on Thursday. She received a stint in her heart and is doing well. She hopes to be going home soon. Please keep Sandy, Ken and their family in prayer.

*Best wishes to Delores Carson who celebrated a birthday last week and to Jennifer Yaraghi, Candace Reynolds, Cliff Britton and Kristen Schupp who celebrate birthdays this week.

(after the announcements)

We now prepare ourselves for worship as we listen to the prelude.

Please note the insert in your bulletin addressing concerns about the corona virus.

These are anxious times and we wish to be proactive without raising alarm.

1) Our regular communion practice of using individual cups for wine and grape juice is thought to be the most hygienic.
2) The pastor and communion assist will use hand sanitizer with over 60% alcohol before distribution.
3) When we are invited to pass the peace, PLEASE be sensitive to the comfort of others —
Some may prefer a fist or elbow bum to a handshake or hug. Some may not wish any physical contact.
Sincerely offering one another “Peace be with you” is still very meaningful.

I don’t think I need to review the precautions we all have been hearing and reading.
Let’s stay well and if you notice someone is not here today or any Sunday, please call and check in on their health. And, as always, lets pray for God’s guidance, healing and peace for all.