Ascension Lutheran Church, Shelby
Worship, Sunday, May 19, 2019
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 11:1-18
Psalm 148
Revelation 21:1-6
John 13:31-35

Easter initiates a new day. It anticipates a new heaven and a new earth. The risen Lord is making all things new. In the mystery of holy baptism God has made new people of us. Today the Lord Jesus invites us to see everyone in a new light—through the lens of love.
(Introduction from Sundays and Seasons)

Adult Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.
Explore the Bible with other adults in this Sunday morning discussion group led by Chris Scheffel and Ludy Wilkie.

Confirmation, 9:30 a.m.
Confirmands and families will meet on May 19. Ruth Anne Hoffmann and Caleb Richards will be confirmed on Pentecost, June 9.

Listen online
Traveling, sleeping in or need encouragement midweek? Most Sundays the sermon is recorded. Look for links on Facebook or Twitter or go to the website to listen. You also can listen by subscribing to the sermon podcast, now on iTunes , Google Play , Stitcher and TuneIn (search for "Pastor Christina Auch") or read the sermon text posted on the pastor's blog .
#COFFEETUESDAYS
Pastor Christina will be at Lily Bean Coffee and Creamery on West Warren Street in uptown Shelby on Tuesday mornings in May from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Come and buy one of their goodies, and say hello, have a prayer, ask a question or just sit a while.
Affirmation
Rutherford Chamber Consort Performance, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 25
The Rutherford Chamber Consort returns to our sanctuary on Saturday, May 25 to perform their 2019 program "Vessels of Song" in the sanctuary on Saturday, May 25, at 7 p.m. The program includes music of Handel-Halversen, Paganini, Amy Beach, Schubert and a Klezmer Suite by Kogan, arr. Kaufman.

The performance is free and open to the public. A love offering will be accepted.
Outreach
2019 Relay for Life, This Friday, May 17, 2019
Gather at the Fairgrounds this Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight with volunteers and community members to raise money to fight cancer, remember loved ones who have died and celebrate survivors. Admission is free and food and activities are plentiful.
Calling Others to Service
Save the Date:
"God's work, Our hands."
September 8, 2019

"God's work. Our hands" Sunday is a dedicated day of service to provide us with an opportunity to be “church together” as we serve our communities in ways that share God’s love with all of God’s people.

Since 2013 ELCA congregations have put their faith in action for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Save the date and visit ELCA.org/dayofservice for updates.
Let us pray...
Trusting God’s promise of new life, we pray for the renewal of the church, the world, and all of creation.

Send your Holy Spirit upon your church. Awaken in us renewed commitment to our baptismal promises: to build community, to worship together, to share our faith, to serve others, and to work for justice and peace.
 
Forgive us for the ways we have caused creation to suffer. Inspire creativity as we explore new ways of reducing our consumption of earth’s resources. Restore forests and waterways. Replenish the habitats of all endangered and threatened species.
 
Call all nations to the repentance that leads to life. Empower legislators to craft laws reflecting your commandments to love and serve. Bless police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and first responders who put themselves at risk to care for others.
 
We struggle not merely against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities; create in us a new mind and heart that will enable us to see brothers and sisters in the faces of those we meet. Teach us not to be color blind but color-amazed and to create a Church that embraces the hopes and fears of people of color where we live, as well as of those around the world.
 
Make your home among us and shelter us from storms of death, mourning, crying, and pain. Draw near to those who weep and to those who are lonely. Restore health and wholeness to those who suffer. We pray especially for those we name aloud now or silently in our hearts…
 
We give you thanks for those who carry out a ministry of hospitality, and all who extend a hand of peace to neighbors.
 
You promise new life for all the faithful departed. Renew us in faith and hope until the day death is no more, when you will dwell with us in the new heaven and earth.
 
We commend these and all our prayers to you, O God. Come near to us with your saving help, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.
Amen.

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 19
Fifth Sunday of Easter
9:30 a.m. Confirmation and adult Bible study
10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion and Godspeed for Jean Waris

Tuesday, May 21
#CoffeeTuesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Pastor's office hours at Lily Bean Coffee and Creamery (Warren Street)

Saturday, May 25
7 p.m. Rutherford Chamber Consort "Vessels of Song" Concert (sanctuary)

Sunday, May 26
Sixth Sunday of Easter
9:30 a.m. Adult Bible study
10:30 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion

Monday, May 27
Office closed (Memorial Day observance)

Tuesday, May 28
#CoffeeTuesdays 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Pastor's office hours at Lily Bean Coffee and Creamery (Warren Street)