Disciples Way books will be for sale in Sumners Hall on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings for $20/each. Also available in The Bookstore for the same price.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Preaching Schedule

8:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - the Rev. Louise Samuelson
9:00 am - Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center - the Rev. Louise Samuelson
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Charlie Holt
11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center - the Rev. Louise Samuelson
11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Charlie Holt
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - the Rev. Louise Samuelson

Fall Brunch

10:00 am - 12:30 pm in Sumners Hall. Catered by City View Catering. Cost: $10/person.

Taizé Prayer

Entersect offers this service which quiets the mind, opens the heart, and feeds the soul presented by our children and youth choirs. Using simple melody and words, a basic reality of faith is expressed. Join us at 5 pm in the church. Email Lois Trego.

Prayer & Care Sunday

Gather for a simple meal and the opportunity to delve deeper into prayer. In this gathering we will learn more about Entersect and explore creatively expressing the Psalms through art. We gather at 6 pm in the Youth Room. Email Carolyn Baker.

Sunday School

Wonderfully Made (Special Needs): 8:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rm 122
Nursery (Birth - Age 2): 8:45 am in Rm 104
Preschool (Age 2 - PreK): 10:00 am in Rm 112 (2 yrs) and Rm 113 (PreK 3-5 yrs)
Elementary (Grades K-5): 10:00 am in Rm 115 (Kinder) and Scout Room (1st-3rd Grade)
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Level I & II: 10:00 am in Rms L07, L08, and L17
Tweens (Grades 4-5) and Parents: 10:00 am in Rms L18, L19, and L20
Junior Daughters of the King: 9:00 am in Rm L21
Middle School Class (Grades 6-8): 10:00 am in Rm 238
Confirmation (Typically Grade 8): 10:00 am in Rm 236
High School Class (Grades 9-12): 10:00 am in Rm 241
Choir (Grades 5-12, advanced and by invitation): 3:00 pm in Rm L16 
Choir (Grades 4-7): 4:30 in Rm L16
Discover Membership at St. John the Divine: 10:00 am in the Parlor
Sunday Morning Adult Education: 10:00 am in the Hall Life Center
Confirmation Parenting Class (Milestone): 10:00 am in Rm 210
God's Diverse Church: 10:00 am in Rm 201
The Core - Church History and Theology: 10:00 am in Rm 203

The Collect of the Day

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 16:1-13

16:1 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

This Week's Musical Offering - Traditional Worship

English Baroque composer Henry Purcell (1659-96) is generally considered to be one of the greatest English composers; no later native-born English composer approached his fame until Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Benjamin Britten in the 20th century. At the Offertory, the Chorale sings Purcell’s anthem “Remember Not, Lord, Our Offenses,” a setting of a passage from the litany compiled by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and later included in the Book of Common Prayer. It is taken from verses 8 and 9 of Psalm 14, the appointed Psalm for today. Purcell composed the anthem circa 1679–82 at the beginning of his tenure as Organist and Master of the Choristers for Westminster Abbey.

At the Ministration, we hear the spiritual “There Is a Balm in Gilead” as arranged by famed composer and conductor William Dawson. He was the first composer that introduced African-American Spirituals to the wider musical community, and his choral arrangements of these quickly gained wide popularity and continue to be sung by choirs throughout the world. The text of this spiritual references the prophet Jeremiah in today’s Old Testament Lesson when he cries “Is there no Balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?”

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.