St. Mark Lutheran Church  
Clifton Heights 
the welcome place
 
This Sunday
10am Worship
Thrift Shop Volunteer Event Following Worship! 
The Gospel In Song!
 
 
Our sermon series studying some of our favorite hymns continues this week. 
Thanks to everyone who submitted songs!   
Sunday @10am  
   
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Rally Day  
September 9th

On September 9th we make our return to two worship services at 8:30 and 11am, and kick off our Sunday school year!

Parents and children are invited to meet the teachers, enjoy crafts, games, and a snack!
God's Work, Our Hands Day of Service
September 9th

God's Work, Our Hands Day is back! Our service project this year is a food drive field trip!

Following 11am worship we will travel to the Giant grocery store, and teams of people will purchase food to supply the food bank at Trinity Presbyterian (our neighbor church on Oak Ave.) We will also be asking shoppers at the store if we can pray for them!

Moment for Reflection: I Love to Tell the Story 
 
 This week I'll continue reflecting on some of the hymns that were submitted in anticipation of our sermon series, but that I won't be able to talk about in worship on Sunday's. This week I want to talk about "I Love to Tell the Story".  
 
The hymn appears as #661 in the ELW (our red hymnal). The lyrics were written by Katherine Hankey, and the music by William E. Fischer. Hankey was a Christian poet, writing several long poems dedicated to the spreading of the Good News. The lyrics we have for our hymn are adapted from one of these poems.  
 
The song consists of three verses and a refrain. The lyrics remind us of the importance of proclaiming "the old, old story of Jesus and his love" to what are essentially three different audiences: oneself, those who have never heard the story, and those who "know it best."  
 
What I love about this hymn is that it makes the point that the gospel, the proclamation of God's love given to us through Jesus, is not and was never meant to be heard just once. Even the people who are deeply familiar with the story of Jesus need to hear it over and over again; "I love to tell the story, for those who know it best, seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest."  
   
I find in these words an essential Christian truth. The grace and love of God are not once and done gifts. They remain with and are given to us constantly, over and over again, day after day. People will have their lives transformed hearing it for the first time, and those of us who know it well will hunger and thirst for it from now to eternity, when we "sing the new, new song."  
 
May we know Jesus and his love every moment of our lives.  
God's peace be with you always.    
 
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