September 2009

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Sept 6 9:00

Announcements Sam DeWald

Lay Leader David Chapman

Flower Sponsors Hartman Family

Bulletin Sponsor Sponsor Needed
Sept 13 8:00 10:15

Announcement Pat Nase

Lay Leader Marianne Lubenow Marti Smith

Flower Sponsor Sponsor Needed

Bulletin Sponsor Leila Escavacini
Sept 20 8:00 10:15

Announcements Sam DeWald Doug Werner

Lay Leader Sam DeWald Bob Nase

Flower Sponsors Suchomelly Family/Deborah Leinbach

Bulletin Sponsor Sonia Sowers

Sept 27 8:00 10:15

Announcements Bruce May

Lay Leader David Chapman Lee Westbrook

Flower Sponsor Betty Houck

Bulletin Sponsor Robert Miller Family
Volunteer Opportunities

If you have an extra hour one Friday afternoon a month, we need volunteers to fold bulletins in the church office. If you would be available to fold bulletins or assist with newsletters, please let Regina in the church office know of your interest.

Email us at or contact us at (610-779-3955).

eptember Nursery Tania Dierksheide

Wisdom from St. Jerome

“Be at peace with your own soul, then heaven and earth will be at peace with you.”

“Keep doing some kind of work, that the devil may always find you employed.”

These two statements are from the very quotable St. Jerome. Everyone who admires insightful, witty quotes should know about this gifted man. Born about 340 A.D., Jerome became a Christian at age 20 and was ordained at age 39.

Jerome was a brilliant scholar of the Bible. He translated the Old Testament from the original Hebrew and the New Testament from the original Greek into Latin. That Bible, known as the Vulgate, is still cherished by readers of Latin. Jerome died in 420 A.D.

Some Special Dates
• Labor Day, September 7, 2009

• Patriot Day (remembrance of Sept. 11), September 11, 2009

• National Grandparents Day, September 13, 2009

• First Day of Autumn, September 22, 2009

Christian Symbols

Bronze Serpent

Common Thread
Christ was common to all in love, in teaching, in tender consolation, in generous gifts, in merciful forgiveness. His soul and his body, his life and his death and his ministry were, and are, common to all. His sacraments and his gifts are common to all. Christ never took any food or drink, nor anything that his body needed, without intending by it the common good of all those who shall be saved, even unto the last day.

-Jan van Ruysbroeck

Our Ministry of Worship

Each Sunday, we gather for worship at 8:00 & 10:15 a.m. Child-care rooms are located on the parking lot level of the church. Remember that we have an elevator from the parking lot level to the sanctuary level.

Hour of Prayer: Join us every Wednesday morning from 9:05 to 10:00 AM for the Hour of Prayer. In particular, we will be praying for our church and community. Rev. Jim will be available for individual prayers as well. All are welcome. If you need to arrive late or leave early that’s fine. The main purpose is to open ourselves to God’s presence and leading. Prayer is foundational to our renewal.
September 6, 2009 Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 18)

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Psalm 125
James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17
Focus Scripture: Mark 7:24-37
September 13, 2009 Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 19)

 Proverbs 1:20-33
Psalm 19 or Wisdom 7:26-8:1
James 3:1-12
Focus Scripture: Mark 8:27-38
September 20, 2009 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 20)

Proverbs 31:10-31
Psalm 1
Mark 9:30-37

Focus Scripture: James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a
September 27, 2009 Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 21)

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22

Psalm 124

Mark 9:38-50

Focus Scripture: James 5:13-20

Be Transformed
It’s Labor Day weekend — a time to rest from our labors. But this is also an opportunity to reflect on our daily work and discern whether our effort is thankless and uninteresting or something that gives us deep and lasting satisfaction. God intends for our work to be much more than a job, much more than a daily grind. It should be, instead, a vocation — which means, quite literally, a “calling.”

In Romans 12:2, Paul challenges us with the words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

The apostle’s advice, then, is to be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Paul says be transformed by discovering what the Lord God is calling you to do.


A Hymn for the Ages
Nearly every denominational hymnal contains Isaac Watts’ hymn “O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” It has been called one of the greatest hymns in the English language. The first part is based on Psalm 90, which begins “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.”
O God, our help in ages past

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home.


Isaac Watts lived from 1674 to 1748. He had a sickly body all his life, but his mind was in the genius category. He wrote his first hymn at age 6. He learned Latin at age 4, Greek at 8, French at 11 and Hebrew at 13.

Watts wrote 52 books, plus scores of hymns. He also was a Congregational minister in London for 22 years.

• “God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread, but he expects us to do the baking.”

William Arthur Ward
• “Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life.”

Karl Barth

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