Lutheran Church of the Atonement
A vibrant and generous community of faith, sharing the beauty and struggle of life through a Lutheran perspective
Questions for Reflection and Discussion
We are providing questions that tie back to the preceding Sunday's primary reading and sermon each week. Feel free to think about these on your own, to discuss with a family member or friend, or to use these within your small group.
Lord of Hopefulness - Romans 8:18-28; Matthew 5:1-12
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy:
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.
Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe:Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.
Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace:
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.
Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm:
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
Text: Jan Struther, 1901-1953 Text © Oxford University Press 1931.

These lyrics talk about how God is with us all day long, in the morning when we wake; in the afternoon, when we work; even at night when we go to bed. God’s presence brings hope.

1. Where do see God’s presence activity in your life throughout the day?

2. God promises a future of reconciliation, restoration, and redemption- all realized through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Where do you see signs of that future in your daily life? In the community? In creation?

3. Hope does not always come as we expect- where do you see signs of hope?

4. How have you experienced receiving and sharing hope?

Drive-in Worship this Sunday
Join us in Atonement's front parking lot at 9:30 on Sunday. Sit in your car or bring your own lawn chairs to sit in the adjacent parking place. We'll have an outside sound system (with 4 speakers this time) and also an FM broadcast frequency so you can listen in your car. We'll wear masks when outside of cars. Watch this SHORT VIDEO of what to expect when you arrive. We'll finish by 10:15.If you're not able to join us, we'll also post a virtual worship service by late Saturday.
Worship Schedule
September Worship Schedule
September 6: Drive-In Worship, 9:30.
Virtual worship also.

September 13: Virtual worship only.
9:30 Sunday School (virtual) begins.
9:30-10:30 Communion with Pastor Don in parking lot

September 20: Drive-In Worship, 9:30.
Virtual worship also.

September 27: Live Zoom worship, 9:30.
10:30-11:30 Communion with Pastor Don in parking lot.
Whether you've never been to JAM or you're a regular, we hope you'll join us!
JAM Kickoff
All high school students are invited to an in-person, socially- distanced, masked, outdoor kickoff event for JAM, our high school ministry, on Saturday, August 29 from 3:30 - 5 pm.
We'll be playing color olympics. Upon registering, you'll be assigned a color which you'll then be asked to dress in. You'll be on a team with other people dressed in your color. Together, you'll compete in a series of fun-filled events, some of which will involve water.
RSVP to Jen by TODAY, Wednesday, August 26 so that we can get the appropriate supplies!
Confirmation Registration
Calling all families with 6th - 8th graders! You're invited to register for confirmation, which will be held virtually on Sundays from 7- 8 pm this fall beginning September 13. Cost is $75 per person.

Contact Jen with questions!
Serving Opportunity - BACOA
Our ministry partners at Barrington Area Council on Aging are in need of help with the Meals on Wheels program. They are looking for volunteers to deliver meals the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Tuesday of each month. It is approximately a 1 hour time commitment. Meals are delivered with social distancing in mind and may be an opportunity for youth to be involved as well.
Willing to help or have questions call Cindy Schaar directly at 847-381-5030 or Contact Mary Williams
Book Study
Books Available
Interested in joining a 'book club like' discussion on Waking Up White?

We have the books available for purchase!