Greetings Members and Friends of St. Stephen!
During this time of winter, it can be hard to remember the sun. Most of the days are cloudy. We can forget what that beautiful, shining sun looks like. But let us remember that during a different dark time, when Jesus was crucified, that this darkness didn’t last forever. On the third day Jesus was raised from the dead. This son rose again, to shine brightly forever and ever.
Renee Kolar is missing the photo of her and her grandmother (who is wearing a bright red sweater) that she placed on the “Remembrance” table back in November. The photo was loose and not in a frame so if you find the photo somehow slipped in with one of yours, please bring it to the church office. Thanks in advance for looking for this precious memento.
The Lutheran Capital Area Youth Ministry Network is holding its first youth group event on Sunday, February 23, in the evening. This event is for middle and high school youth. This will be a chance to have fun and grow in faith while also getting to know other youth from area Lutheran churches. More details to follow.
The Faith Book Group will meet Wednesday, January 15 at 6pm at Paulette Piirainen’s house. We decided to read and discuss Take This Bread by Sarah Miles. We’re having a regular potluck so bring whatever you feel like making or buying. If you have any questions or would like to join us, please let Paulette or Margaret Sheffer know.
In our Gospel text for this coming Sunday, we get the Gospel of John’s version of the baptism of Jesus. There is an appearance of a dove. Jesus is called both the “Lamb of God” and “Son of God.” We then see how the first three disciples are called to follow Jesus. One of the disciples, Simon, is renamed Peter by Jesus.
Peace and blessings as you ponder the Scripture Between Sundays,
Alex Aivars, Pastor
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
Sunday’s Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 49:1-7; Psalm 40:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; John 1:29-42
For This Week
Questions for Reflection:
How were you called to be a disciple of Jesus?
What meanings are there in a name?
How much do you value your leaders’ opinions (whether they be religious, artistic, or in your community)?
January 13, 2019: Acts 10:44-48
January 14, 2019: Acts 8:4-13
January 15, 2019: Matthew 12:15-21
January 16, 2019: Psalm 40:1-11
January 17, 2019: Acts 1:1-5
January 18, 2019: 1 Kings 19:19-21