Midweek Message

September 7, 2011

Jim Hopkins

September 6, 2011

Sunday, Sept  11, 2011 is both Homecoming Sunday and the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  In our worship service we will lift up the immediate and going pain caused by the attacks. We will pray, as we did in September 2001, for the victims, their families, the responders, the perpetrators, our nation and our world. My sermon will be “Praying in a Post 9/11 World.”
The Scriptures at the heart of our worship will be Psalm 85: 7-13 (Let me hear what the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people.), John 14:27 (Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, I do not give to as the world gives.) and Philippians 4:7 (And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)
In the days since 9-11 we continue to learn that what the world needs are less voices crying “God, give us victory over our foes” and more people praying “God, speak peace to all your people.”

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Carolyn Matthews on the death of her cousin and for her son as he returns to Afghanistan
  • Daniel Pryfogle on the death of his father
  • Larry Sims for his family
  • Jessie Lucas for Linda who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Allison and Roehl for a neighbor in crisis
  • Paige Bence for her sister as she grieves her daughter and for Travis (injured ankle)
  • Jan Scott for Grant Hanson and John Burke
  • Mary Sue Meads for her son in Portland
  • Carol Leichter, detached Retina
  • Stan Benson, Piedmont Gardens
  • Susan Joachim
  • Edna Dorenzo
  • Thanksgiving the Virginia Cheatham was back in church
  • Bette Pancoe
  • Bonnie Sato
  • Margaret Alexander for her family
  • Kay Baxter for her family
  • All who are unemployed and under employed
  • All who are trying to recover in the aftermath of hurricane and flood
  • For a world without famine
  • Alean Saunders-Coffey for her aunt
  • Ann Fields for her family
  • The Evans, Edwards and Leche Families
  • All for whom the remembrance of 9/11 is a very painful occasion
  • The Parker-Berry family
  • Lakeshore’s Sunday School Teachers
  • Toni Daniels-Gordon for family and friends
  • Larry Hutchings for his mom


The Homecoming Luncheon will begin a noon on Sunday in Barnett Hall. The cost is $5.00 per person and everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish. (Meat, Mac N’ Cheese, Green Beans, Dessert, Beverage provided.)
Marie Johnson has been working very hard to prepare a bulletin board with photos of all our congregants.  If you would like to have a picture included, and have not had one taken at the church, please email one to her at mjohnson@berkeley.edu by Wednesday.
The Membership Invitation Breakfast is Sunday, September 18 at 8:45 in the Family Room.  Please urge friends and family who are considering church membership to attend.
There will be a Sunday School Teachers training from 9-12 on Saturday the 10th. Carol Jacobson, Professor of Christian Education at Pacific Lutheran Seminary will lead.