Whom Shall I Say Sent Me? LGBTQ Worship

Whom Shall I Say Sent Me is a worship service designed for and led by members of the LGBTQ community throughout the Twin Cities.

This worship service will be formed around the many metaphors for God as found in Scripture — including metaphors that are female or even totally ungendered. As lesbian, gay, bisexual/pansexual, trans and gender nonconforming, intersex, asexual, and queer Christians, we can often feel “unnamed” or unseen by images of God that rely on patriarchy, masculinity, and judgment. Our images and names for God can come from the Bible AND they can be enriched by our own experience and knowledge of the world. What does it mean to be named by God, and then in turn, what do our names for God say about the way we value ourselves and one another?

Worship will open with band-led music. Pastor Emmy will be preaching. There will be open time for prayer and meditation, followed by sharing in communion and fellowship time after worship.

All those who affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans Christians are welcome.

Backpack Blessing & School Supplies Collection

For the next two weeks (August 20 & 27), we will be adding to our regular offering with school supplies. The next time you’re at Target, pick up some kid-safe scissors, a box of markers, or an extra box of Ziplock bags. If you’ve been saving paper or pencils for “someday,” it might be today!  Your generosity can change a child’s — or a whole classroom’s! — opportunity for success this year.

If you’re worrying about how to afford the school supplies your child needs, please see Pastor Emmy for how we can help.

As our own kids, teachers, and staff head back to school, we want them to know how supported and beloved they all are. On Sunday August 27, we invite all those headed back to school to bring in their bags of all shapes and sizes.  We’ll bless your backpacks and briefcases — and you! — and add a keychain to your zipper to remind you that God (and Grace Lutheran!) is with you in both sorrows and joys this school year.

Church to Go for August 20, 2017: Philippians 2:1-11

Reading: Philippians 2:1-11

Commentary:
– Paul offers the Philippians a vision of Christ: not powerful but humble.
– Paul is writing from prison (Philippians 1:12-14) to urge the church to be unified and to serve each other.
– Where do you see God at work (verse 13) in you? in others? in our church?
– What do you think Paul is trying to say about Jesus and about what that means for us?
– Many scholars think Philippians 2:6-11 is a quote from an existing hymn at that time.
– What are some of your favorite hymns? What do they say about Jesus?

 

Listen to Pastor Emmy’s improv sermon based on worship participants’ questions and favorite hymns:

 

(Read more about Church To Go here.)

Church to Go for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Reading for August 13, 2017: Galatians 1:1-10, 3:23-4:7

Commentary:

– Paul speaks with vehemence to the Galatian church: “WHY are you ABANDONING the GOSPEL?!”

– It seems Paul started a church and then other Christians came in to say “you must also be circumsized” — and Paul is furious.

– Paul is less concerned with the physical act of circumcision and more with how relying on the law undermines the gospel.

– When have you shared something important and found out that it was misunderstood or misused?

– In this letter Paul goes back and forth between anger and compassion.

– How do we know if or when anger is the “right” answer?

 

Listen to the improv sermon based on this story & the congregation’s questions:

Closing litany written by Rev. Elizabeth Rawling & Rev. Jennifer Chrien.

 

(Read more about Church To Go here.)

FREE Fresh Produce Distribution!

Tuesday evenings this summer and fall
5 – 6:30pm

July 25 – August 8 – August 22
September 12 – September 26 – October 10

Outdoor produce giveaway through Little Kitchen Foodshelf and Second Harvest Heartland. Location is at Grace Center for Community Life, 1500 NE 6th St. In the SE Corner of the parking lot.

* Distribution is open to anyone, not just preregistered food shelf customers. We would prefer to offer this service to our neighbors in greatest need. If you are a Little Kitchen Foodshelf client this event does NOT count as a monthly visit to the foodshelf, it is in addition to your monthly visit.

* The main food pantry will be closed on produce distribution nights.

* This is an outdoor event. Event may be cancelled due to bad weather.

* No pre-registration is necessary; service will be determined by lottery. Each household at the check in point will be given a lottery number at 4:45 pm, and households will be admitted in the order of numbers drawn at random.

* Those attending the event should NOT line up early; being first in line does not mean you will be first to receive produce. We cannot allow people to line up before 4:30.

* There is a short check in required for each household being served, but you do not need to bring any documentation.

* Please bring your own shopping bags if you can.

* If you drive to the event, please park on the street on 15th. Grace Center houses schools and we need to keep 6th St clear for school buses.

Questions? Call Little Kitchen Foodshelf at 612-788-2444.