Simple summer service …

Scripture, prayer & communion — at 7:30 this evening (Tuesday) in the chapel.  We’ll talk about how we hear Mark 5:21-43 today.  It’s a rich passage.  I’m struck this morning by: “And they laughed at him.”  What strikes you?


Shrubbery …

… it’s in this week’s Gospel reading (Mark 4:26-34) — at least in the New Revised Standard Version that we read in our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship.  It’s sure to come up somewhere in the preaching, too.

Just a couple of quick notes on this weekend and a little beyond ….

- In Faith Talk at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, downstairs in the Doepker Lounge, we’ll be talking about “The Body of Christ:  Church and the Holy Spirit” — guided by Chapter 7 of David Lose’s book “Making Sense of the Christian Faith.”  Haven’t read the book or that chapter?  Don’t worry a short video sets up the conversation.

- Next Sunday in Faith Talk, we’ll talk mission with Daniel Forehand, a Trinity Lutheran Seminary student in ELCA’s mission developer/redeveloper track.  Dan will also be our guest preacher in worship.

- This Tuesday, our new weekday evening worship, centered on prayer, scripture and Holy Communion starts at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel.

Tuesday & Wednesday …

Tuesday evening (June 12) we begin a new supplemental worship service at Faith at 7:30 p.m.   It’s a 30 to 45 service in which we’ll engage the coming Sunday’s gospel lesson (Mark 4:26-34) in a conversational way, pray for the community and individuals, and share in Holy Communion — in the chapel at Faith.  Check it out.  No experience necessary.  Bring a friend.

And Wednesday (June 13) … it’s Faith Talk @ Sullivan’s at 7 p.m.  Let’s give some thought to service.  I was intrigued a week or so ago by two stories that appeared in The Plain Dealer:  one was about a new, more Gospel-focused curriculum in Catholic schools.  A link is here.  The story included this passage about Cleveland Diocese Superintendent of Schools Margaret Lyons’ explanation of the change:

Religion instruction, she said, became strong in social justice teachings (beginning in the 1960s), but weak in the “mystical and mystery aspect.”

“Religion is also the relationship between a person and the Creator,” said Lyons. “And you have to grow your relationship and your faith. Faith doesn’t tend to itself.”

Two days later, the PD ran this story about a new campaign by the United Church of Christ to boost good works for the community.  A link is here.

These stories got me thinking about why we do the “good works” that we do — things like the Community Meal and Clothing Closet at Faith and the Project More reading tutoring we do at Hayes Elementary School.  And, on a broader scale, the vast efforts of Lutheran Services in America (link here), the largest non-profit social service agency in the country — bigger than Catholic Charities or the Red Cross.  And in Cleveland, the work of Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry here in Cleveland (link here).

So … what’s the connection between the gospel and doing good in the community?  Is there one?  Should there be?

Pet-friendly worship this Sunday

Dogs, cats and pets of any sort are welcome at Faith’s monthly pet-friendly worship service at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 6).  It’s a simple, 30-minute service of prayer, familiar hymns, a short message and Holy Communion — along with a blessing for pets and their people.

Our offering will be shared with an animal advocacy/pet rescue organization and worshipers are encouraged to bring a donation of pet food that will be given to the Lakewood Community Services Center for distribution to pets in households facing financial difficulties.

Please enter through the western-most Hilliard Road door, the one with the accessibility sign on it.


“Let us love …

, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” (1 John 3:18 – the second reading for this Sunday’s worship)

Help reduce deaths from malaria, the deadly, mosquito-transmitted disease that kills a million people a year — 89 percent in Africa, especially among young children and pregnant women.  Education, netting and treatment could sharply reduce deaths from  malaria.

We can help by contributing to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Malaria Campaign, which help launch prevention and treatment efforts in Liberia and other areas of the world.  See the ELCA’s malaria video here.

Make a contribution Sunday when we take up a special offering during our 10:30 a.m. service.




Holy Week at Faith

Holy Week services at Faith:

Maundy Thursday – April 5 – 7 p.m. (with Holy Communion)

Good Friday -  April 6 – 7 p.m. Tenebrae (no communion)

Easter SundayApril 8 - 10:30 a.m. (with Holy Communion)

Easter Sunday – Sunrise service with Lakewood Ministerial Association at Lakewood Park. Gather at 6:15 a.m. at Women’s Pavilion.

Pet-friendly worship on Sunday

Our second, pet-friendly worship service is Sunday (April 1) at 2 p.m. Expecting a little guitar added into the mix. All are welcome — with or without pets — to this simple, half-hour worship with Holy Communion. We’ll share our offering with a Lakewood-area animal rescue charity and also collect pet food to provide to the Lakewood Community Services Center.



Talking scripture on Facebook …

Want to engage Scripture throughout the week in conversation with others?  We’re set to launch a Facebook group called “God Talk” that will post the coming Sunday’s Gospel lesson every Monday and open it up for discussion that will occur through the week.  We’ll supplement it with links and resources.

If you’re interested in joining, “like” Faith Lakewood on Facebook and let Pastor Rollenhagen know you want to be added to the group.  Once you’re in the group, you’ll be able to invite others who might be interested.  There’s a link to our Facebook page down the right side of this website.