Beacon News: May 30, 2021
“Trinity-a Poem” by Dave Hopwood
In the beginning,
when all was not as it is now;
in the darkness,
when light was just a twinkle in the Creator’s eye;
in the past,
when history was waiting to be born;
a new day dawned.
A day when the Creator shaped the universe
by the power of his living Word,
and the breath of his live-giving Spirit.
He spoke and called forth life,
he breathed and his spirit hovered over the waters,
he took dust and formed the foundations.
Creator, Word, Spirit.
The Holy Community,
working, living, being as one,
harmonized in love and purpose,
shaping, forming, gifting light and life.
Before time, throughout time, when time has run its course.
Days without number, life without end.
Love without limit. Three and one, above us, beyond us, beside us, within.
Mysterious and majestic…
Our Church Calendar
Our Zoom activities and events are linked below; we also post videos on our YouTube Channel as well.
Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m. Worship
We will have our worship livestreaming on our YouTube Channel beginning at 10 a.m. The Prelude will begin at 10 a.m. You may view our worship live, or after as a recording here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8eSD2DkUpaCDCwagXnnrqw If you click on before 10 a.m., please refresh your screen (as often as needed) until you see the livestream video.
No Fellowship Time this Sunday.
Monday, May 31 — Staff Off/Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. Prayers and Coffee
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June 1, 12 p.m. Staff Meeting
June 1, 5:30 p.m. Social Ministry Committee
June 1, 7:00 p.m. Building and Grounds Committee
June 2, 9:30 a.m. Pastor Bible on Hebrews
Join us as we gather weekly via Zoom.
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/568102184.
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Sunday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. Worship (**SUMMER SCHEDULE**)
We are back in our sanctuary for in person worship! Remember your mask!
We will continue to have our worship livestreaming on our YouTube Channel beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Prelude will begin at 9:30 a.m. You may view our worship live, or after as a recording here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8eSD2DkUpaCDCwagXnnrqw
If you click on before 9:30 a.m., please refresh your screen (as often as needed) until you see the livestream video.
Ways to Connect and Share
Memorial Day is our official national holiday remembering those who died in the line of service for our country. We pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones in the line of duty, and we also lift up in prayer those who are currently serving. To honor those who have died, consider donating to an organization that helps families of veterans today. A few to consider are the USO and the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Do you have a child who is graduating from high school, college or receiving an advanced degree this year? Please notify the church office. We are planning to honor all grads on Sunday, June 13. If possible, please email us a picture! [email protected]
School is almost out for summer! Hephatha will continue the Youth Work program this June through August. Donations of non-perishable snacks and drinks for the youth can be made to Bay Shore Lutheran all summer (we will tell you when we can accept drop-offs to the office soon—until then, do not drop off food at the doors, thank you!). Also, monetary donations are being collected to provide scholarships for the participating youth. $300 sponsors one youth for the summer. Indicate Hephatha Youth Work Scholarship on your donation. Thank you!
Altar Flower Sign up is back! A sign-up form has been created to sign up just the same as if we were in our gathering area! There can be two names (or more if you email the office separately) for each week that flowers will be in the church. Click on the link below to go to the sign-up sheet and when we get close to the day of your donation, Kate will email you for a dedication to be in the Beacon for the week. The cost of flowers is $35. You may send a check to the office marked “Altar Flowers.” This is one more step toward resuming our Bay Shore lives together!
We have a number of members who would love to hear from you! Each week we will publish the name and address of someone who is missing the fellowship of Bay Shore. Please send a card or email to let them know you care.
This week we are thinking of Mary Ratajski
5052 N. Kent Ave.
Whitefish Bay, WI 53217
Please keep in prayer: We continue to remember the Martineau family as Jean bravely battles on! We had such a great response to the first round of meal train volunteers that the family has said “yes please” when we asked if they would like us to continue. They have truly appreciated getting a meal twice a month prepared with love by us! See the link below to sign up. Wednesdays are the day that works the best for their family.
https://mealtrain.com/v1n5ny Please make sure and read the special instructions about food preferences, timing for delivery and so on.
Ways to Grow and Learn
Pastor’s Wednesday Morning Bible Study continues on June 2 at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Sarah will begin our walk through the Letter to the Hebrews. Join us as you are able. You will be surprised how much you learn!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 568 102 184
Just a kind reminder: The Zoom company updates its software frequently on your smart devices, often without your knowledge if you have given permission for automatic app updates. Each week, you may or may not need to enter passwords, ID numbers, etc. It is also a good idea to check your microphone (audio) when you enter a Zoom meeting. You can do this under Audio Settings within your Zoom program.
Lutheran Summer Music Program has been a summer-camp tradition for high school youth who play instruments or who sing in a school choir since 1981. Each year, the camp moves from one location to another to showcase local ELCA colleges. This summer, it is at Valparaiso College in Indiana. It is a 4 week camp for high school to study an instrument or two with professional instructors, and/or sing in a choir with a professor or two from an area college. This year, the Greater Milwaukee Synod has scholarship funds to offset the costs, and our high school youth who are interested—we encourage you to apply. Pastor Sarah’s eldest daughter Amy attended LSM at Luther College in 2011. It was a great experience for her, and truly prepared her for “going away” to college after HS graduation. If you have any questions about the program, please connect with Pastor Sarah. For more information from LSM, use the link here: LSM (lsmacademy.org)
Ways to Serve and Give
BAY SHORE HAS TEXT TO GIVE!
You can quickly and easily make a one-time or recurring donation to Bay Shore! OR, simply download the GivePlus app from your phone’s app store and search for Bay Shore Lutheran Church. You will then be all set to give whenever the time is right. When you download the app there are several areas where you can choose to give from the general fund to Hephatha appeals to Lutheran World relief! It’s quick and EASY!
Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select “Bay Shore Lutheran Church” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They’ll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features
3. Select “Bay Shore Lutheran Church” as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app.
Prayer of the Week
God, we praise you:
Christ Lord and Savior,
Spirit of Love.
You reveal yourself in the depths of our being,
drawing us to share in your life and your love.
One God, three Persons,
be near to the people formed in your image,
close to the world your love brings to life.
We ask you this, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, true and living, forever and ever. Amen
Readings for Sunday, May 30, 2021
First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8
This reading narrates Isaiah’s vision of the Lord surrounded by angels. They sing “Holy, holy, holy,” a song the church sings at the beginning of the great thanksgiving. This liturgical text invites the church and all creation to sing in praise of God’s glory. That glory is God’s mercy toward sinners.
1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
6Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”
Psalm: Psalm 29
Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. (Ps. 29:2)
1Ascribe to the Lord, you gods,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name;
worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
3The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders;
the Lord is upon the mighty waters.
4The voice of the Lord is a powerful voice;
the voice of the Lord is a voice of splendor.
5The voice of the Lord breaks the cedar trees;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6the Lord makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7The voice of the Lord
bursts forth in lightning flashes.
8The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9The voice of the Lord makes the oak trees writhe and strips the forests bare.
And in the temple of the Lord all are crying, “Glory!”
10The Lord sits enthroned above the flood;
the Lord sits enthroned as king forevermore.
11O Lord, give strength to your people;
give them, O Lord, the blessings of peace.
Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17
In describing the new life of faith, Paul refers to all three persons of the Trinity: the Spirit leads us to recognize that we are children of God the Father and joint heirs with Christ the Son.
12Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
Gospel: John 3:1-17
Jesus’ miracles prompt Nicodemus to visit him in secrecy. Jesus tells him about being born of the Spirit and about the Son who has been sent by God to save.
1Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” 3Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 9Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?
11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
Click here to see our Order of Worship including all readings, to be used at home It includes our hymns, too.
Stay in Touch
Pastor Sarah Stobie [email protected]
Kate Yelvington, Parish Admin [email protected]
Dulcie Shoener, Minister of Music [email protected]
Daniel Ellis, Choir Director [email protected]
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