Last Sunday, we heard from guest preacher Felicia Burg who is the Development Coordinator at Family Promise Yellowstone Valley. Her witness was enriching and enlivening! This Sunday we are privileged to hear Pastor Paul Hanson preach. Once again, I wish I could be in two places at one time. This week I am at Christikon with five of our youth. We return Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, I won't be available by cell phone or email. Please call Lynn Bulger, our council president if you have an urgent concern.
5th Sunday after Pentecost
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.
Readings and Psalm
Job 38:1-11 The creator of earth and sea
Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32 You stilled the storm and silenced the waves of the sea.
2 Corinthians 6:1-13 Paul’s defense of his ministry
Mark 4:35-41 Christ calming the sea
ELW Holy Communion Setting Ten
We Praise You, O God (ELW 870)
Calm to the Waves (ELW 794)
My Life Flows On in Endless Song (ELW 763)
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (ELW 773)
When Peace like a River (ELW 785)
Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me (ELW 755)
What Is This Place (ELW 524)
Christ, Be Our Light (ELW 715)
How Great Thou Art (ELW 856)
My Faith Looks Up to Thee (ELW 759)
Sent Forth by God's Blessing (ELW 547)
Evening worship will focus on the readings from 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17( In Christ, a new creation) and Mark 4:26-34 (The parable of the mustard seed). Our hymn will be Christ, Be Our Light (ELW 715). Join us at 5:30, Saturday Evening.
We pray for Connie Butcher, Don Bulger, Gwen McClanahan, Kathrine Broderson, Marjorie Engum, Gary Koch, Rebecca Webber, Arnie Uecker, and for the following friends of the congregation Shellie's daughter, Daphnie Gallagher; Lynn's Sister, Faith Sperry; Mick's sister, Jean Edwards; Marlys' brother and his wife, JD & Verona Sundseth; Rosalind's Brother & Sister-in-law, Marlin & Karen Reeck; Marlys' brother, Doug Sundseth; Catherine Card's husband, Eric Halverson; Connie's daughter in law, Shelley Ruff; Gayle's son, Josh Breeding; Chuck & Joyce's great grandsons, Peterson twins; Pastor's friend, Ruth Marie Sylte; Jason; Ruth; and Cyrstal West.
In our prayers around the Montana Synod, we lift up American Lutheran in Harlem, American Lutheran in Harlowton, and First Lutheran and Messiah Lutheran in Havre. Among the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we lift up the Northern Great Lakes Synod.
In our prayers around the world, we lift up Botswana and Zimbabwe, giving thanks for the prophetic witness of churches to protest injustices and advocate good governance and praying for fair election of democratic governments to counter instability, violence and human rights abuses.
We'll host Vacation Bible School on four Wednesday afternoons beginning in July. We'll begin at 5:30 pm with a dinner for the whole family. The children will have lesson and craft time then move to Holy Play, Meanwhile the adults are encouraged to stay for special parent time and Christian Education. As with all Christian Education programs here at Bethlehem, the congregation sponsors the program, there is no fee to attend.
July 11, 18, 25, and August 1 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Pr Jean and five youth are up at the Christikon Confirmation Camp this week and will return June 24th.
We've reserved the weekend of September 7,8,9th to enjoy time together in the beautiful mountain setting of Christikon.
The local ELCA clergy meet on Tuesdays from 11:00 to Noon to discuss the scripture readings for the upcomming Sunday. Each congregation takes a turn hosting and we're up.
The group meets at St John's on the first Tuesday of each month and we'll be hosting on June 12th, 19th, and 26th. If you are willing/able to help provide snacks or a light lunch, please let me know.
We have 20 free tickets to the Mustangs' game on June 25th @7pm. Meet up at Dehler.
There is a sign-up on the table in the narthex.
We mail about 12 copies of the mid-week message "This Week at Bethlehem" and currently need No. 10 Envelopes and First Class Postage. If you are able to contribute these items, please place them in the main office on the wooden desk. Many Thanks.
We try to be good stewards of creation by recycling. Would you like to help? There are a few crates of paper near teh entrance to the education wing that need to be taken to a recycling place. Typically, we take recyclables to Republic, just off Monad.