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Week 37 - Rejoice in the Lord

The season of Easter concludes as we gather to celebrate the Day of Pentecost. This festival calls to mind the gift of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and her continued movement in the world through the church. This Pentecost, we also celebrate the rite of Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation) for eleven young people from St. Paul’s, a wonderful example of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in our lives. Worship with Holy Communion begins at 10:00am. We hope that you will join us; there is a place for you here at St. Paul’s!

The Season of Easter: April 1 – May 20, 2018
Easter is the most joyous time of the church’s year, a day and season of celebrating Christ’s victory over sin, death, and hell through his being raised from death to life. During the “Great Fifty Days”, Christians throughout the world put aside fasting in favor of feasting, and the worship of the church takes on a triumphant tone that reflects the greatness of God’s power, majesty, and might. Easter concludes with the celebration of the Day of Pentecost, on which the church recalls the sending of the Holy Spirit upon early believers that seals the promise of Christ’s continued presence with the community of the faithful. Easter is marked by the celebratory colors of gold and white.

Narrative Lectionary Daily Readings
The Narrative Lectionary focuses our congregation on one Scripture reading each Sunday. Below are some suggested readings to make connections between this past Sunday’s and next Sunday’s texts or to examine related stories in Scripture (from the fine folks at www.clergystuff.com). Further resources for reflection can be found in the inserts in Sunday’s bulletin. (Updated Mondays.)

Narrative Lectionary Week 36 – The Christ Hymn (Easter VII)
Sunday, May 6 – The Christ Hymn (Philippians 2:1-13)
Monday, May 7 – The Promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:1-5)
Tuesday, May 8 – The Ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:6-11)
Wednesday, May 9 – Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas (Acts 1:12-26)
Thursday, May 10 – The First Converts (Acts 2:37-42)
Friday, May 11 – Life Among the Believers (Acts 2:43-47)
Saturday, May 12 – Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar (Acts 3:1-10)

“We Are Lutheran” Lenten Sermon Series
Check out the links to our five-part series on the “solas” (“onlys”) of the Reforming movements that lead to the establishment of the Lutheran Christian tradition.

February 21 – Sola Gratia (“By Grace Alone”)
February 28 – Sola Fide (“By Faith Alone”)
March 7 – Sola Scriptura (“By Word Alone”)
March 14 – Solo Christo (“In Christ Alone”)
March 21 – Soli Deo Gloria (“Glory to God Alone”)


We are Church, joined in mission for the sake of the world!
St. Paul’s partners with 245 congregations and over 100,000 Lutheran Christians as a member congregation of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Click below to learn more about the ministry we share!

NE Synod Text LogoThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is around 4,000,000 members strong, working through nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States and the Caribbean to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ for the sake of the world God made and loves. Click below to explore how the ELCA is doing “God’s Work” with “our hands” every day.

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