Ascension Day - May 25, 2017
In today's gospel, the risen Christ ascends into heaven and his followers are assured that the Spirit will empower them to be witnesses throughout the earth. The disciples were told to not gaze up into heaven to look for Jesus; we find His presence among us as we proclaim the word and share the Easter feast. We too long for the Spirit to enliven our faith and invigorate our mission. Come and worship and enjoy fellowship with us each Saturday at 5:30pm and Sunday at 10:00am.
Galveston Back Pew: What is Eternal Life?
This week at First Lutheran Church in Galveston we will be looking closely at John 17 where Jesus is praying for his disciples. "And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." Clearly, Jesus is telling us that Eternal Life is not some "Some Day, Out There..." kind of thing, but rather it is a RELATIONSHIP with God. Come and join us at First Lutheran this weekend as we study this lesson. Have a safe holiday weekend!
Galveston Back Pew: The Spirit of Truth
This week at First Lutheran Church in Galveston we look at John 14 where Jesus talks about leaving this world. He promises that he will not abandon us, that we will be given the Spirit of Truth that will bind us as a community. As God's people, the spirit will lead us the way with the powerful force of God's love. Where will this love lead us in our community? Come visit us at First Lutheran this weekend as we discuss this topic in the Gospel of John!
Psalm 31 at First Lutheran Church of Galveston
Antiphon: Father, I put my life in your hands. 1) In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me knever be put to shame. In your justice rescue me. Into your hands I commend my spirit. You will redeem me, O Lord, O faithful God. 2) For all my foes I am an object of reproach, a laughinstock to my neigbors, and a dread to my friends. They who see me abroad, flee from me. I am forgotten like the unremembered dead. I am like a dish that is broken. 3) But my trust is in you O Lord. I say "You are my God. In your hands is my destiny. Rescue me from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors. 4) Let your face shine upon your servant. Save me in your kindness. Take courage and be stout-hearted, all you who hope in the Lord.
Rev. Richard Rhoades' Sermon: Stephen's Amazing Grace Moment
Stephen preached that Jesus is the Messiah, but many did not accept this message and so they conspired against him. While he was being killed he prayed out, “Lord do not hold this sin against them!” What we see in Stephen is an “Amazing Grace” moment with someone who totally trust Jesus. He knew he was in the arms of God’s love, and had no fear of death. Jesus himself has defeated death so You and I can proclaim new hope and new possibilities and touch the hearts of others. Yesterday was an “Amazing Grace” moment for volunteer workers who packaged 31,500 meals for the Galveston County Food Bank in The Lyceum for Feed Galveston. Look for “Amazing Grace” moments in your life and how God is using you for the sake of others.
Feed Galveston Volunteers Package 30,000 Meals in 3 Hours
Feed Galveston is a community project to feed the hungry in Galveston County. By partnering with The Outreach Program, we can provide nutritious meals for those who otherwise will go hungry. And, by partnering with the local food banks we are connected with a systematic process that gets food to those who need it most. Visit: FeedGalveston.org