September 6, 10:15 a.m.
“A woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
from Mark 7:24-37
This is one of those stories where, when you read it the first time, you’re just cruising along, not really paying attention, because it’s one more person who wants Jesus to work his magic and do some healing. Ho hum. Been there, done that. And then you get to the part where Jesus starts talking about children and dogs. And somewhere at the back of your brain, a little voice says, “Wait, WHAT?!?” Did Jesus just call that woman’s daughter a dog? What the heck is going on here?” Good questions. What IS going on here? Is Jesus being a gigantic jerk? Because it sure seems like it. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt proposes an answer that might surprise you.
Summer tends to be the sleepy season at Lakewood UCC. School lets out, people go on vacation, and church activities shift down a gear. Everything just moves a little slower. Aaah. Hopefully by now though, everyone’s feeling rested and eager to get going again. We’ll kick off our Fall season on September 13 with our choirs back in action and a celebratory potluck after the service. You don’t need to sign up—just bring whatever takes your fancy. Our youth group, YAC, will have its own kick-off the following week. More information on that to come!
August 30, 10:15 a.m.
“Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.”
from Psalm 111
Join us for one of our favorite services of the year—our annual “Worship in the Park” at Prospect Park (11300 W. 44th Ave., between Kipling and Ward). We’ll begin with a “gospel sing-along,” and then launch into the rest of the service, which will include a sermon by Pastor Curt on why we worship. You’re invited to come with a picnic lunch to eat after the service. Phil and Steve Goebel will bring their famous homemade root beer, and the Fellowship Committee will provide ice-cream for floats.Wo
August 23, 10:15 a.m.
Take up the whole armor of God. Fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
from Ephesians 3:14-21
Being a Christian can be a risky business. Especially if you lived under Roman occupation in the 1st century. The apostle Paul, writing from prison, tells the church in Ephesus that they can’t protect themselves physically from persecution. Instead, he says, they must learn to depend on God for their strength. The armor of God is all they have against the forces that seek to destroy them. But it is enough. Join us on Sunday as Pastor Curt asks what it means (and does not mean) for us, living in a very different context from the Ephesians, to put on that armor.
Have you swung by the Welcome Center recently, looking to sign up to provide coffee and snacks after worship on some future Sunday? As your eyes scanned the countertop, did it slowly dawn on you that something was different? “Where, oh where,” you may have asked, “is the sign-up sheet?” Well, worry no more. It’s not there for a reason. Starting Sunday, September 6, the format for fellowship hour is a-changin’. Check out the September Beacon for all the exciting details!
It makes us very happy when people love our children’s library. If you’ve borrowed a book and taken it home with you—good for you! Reading is good! Buuut . . . we do eventually want those books back. Like, say, within the next week or two. We have about 10 books missing, and, with Kick-Off Sunday just around the corner, we’d like to have full shelves again so we can plan Sunday School lessons and special events. Thanks for your help! Contact: Tiffany Beastrom.
The Beacon is Lakewood UCC’s monthly newsletter, written by you and for you. So, if you’d like to share something “churchy” (and we mean that in the broadest possible sense of the term), please email it to the Church Office or drop it in the Office Manager’s mailbox by this Friday.
Thanks to everyone who made July’s Sermon Talkback session such a success. Join us again (or, if you missed it, for the first time) on the last Sunday of August as we get together in the Conference Room after worship to discuss the sermon we’ve just heard. No commitment is required—just show up!
Join us for one of our favorite services of the year—our annual “Worship in the Park” at Prospect Park in Wheat Ridge. We’ll gather at 10:00 a.m., and begin our 15-20 minutes of pre-service “gospel” sing-a-long at 10:15 a.m. You’re invited to come with a picnic lunch to eat after the service. Phil and Steve Goebel will bring their famous homemade root beer, and the Fellowship Committee will provide ice-cream for floats. ALSO, if you play guitar, mandolin, drum, and/or banjo, and want to help lead the sing-a-long and worship songs, please contact Travis Kornegay or Steve Goebel.
August 16, 10:15 a.m.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you will not be burned,
and the flame will not consume you.
from Isaiah 43:1-7
Sometimes, you go all the way down. In Alcoholics Anonymous, they refer to it as “hitting rock bottom.” In our reading from Isaiah this week, it’s called “passing through the waters.” Your life has become so hard, so messed up, so unmanageable that you can’t go on. You’re sinking and you’re sure you’re going to drown. This is not a place anyone wants to be. But it’s also the place where, sometimes, we finally hear God’s voice. Join us for a special worship service led by members of the congregation, with Daniel Sweeney, Judi Baxter, and Max Michalec telling their stories of the God who called to them as they passed through the waters.