Singing, praying, learning, fellowship, and service – these are all things that bring us together each week within our community at Lord of Life. There shouldn’t be any surprise that the same things could bring together people from other communities, too. Our first REFORM event with Roman Catholics and Lutherans from West Chester and Mason exceeded our expectations of how powerful the experience would be.
We began with a worship moment led by musicians from St. Max, Christ the King, and Lord of Life (the next event will include leadership from St. John’s as well). Through common words and common songs, we infused the evening with a joyful prayer that continued into our conversations. We heard from Lutheran and Catholic clergy from St. Susannah Catholic (Mason), Prince of Peace Lutheran (Loveland), and Zion Lutheran (Middletown) who presented different views, but we heard even more common views. We listened to a biblical message that defined us all as part of the same vine. The same body. One faith, one hope, and one baptism.
I found myself at a table made up of Catholics from various parishes. We asked questions and discussed among ourselves how we each came to the body of Christ and what that means to us. About half the table had been born into the Catholic church. But one young woman shared how she found the church through an ecumenical sports team. An older gentleman started going to Methodist Sunday school after his mother died when he was nine, and then converted to Catholicism after years of seeing the positive impact the church had on his wife. We all had stories about how we saw people’s faith overflow in their actions.
The thread that kept weaving its way to the top was: “We need to do more of this.” We need to find ways to maintain the natural bond we have through Christ and the Spirit. We need to worship together and talk together and serve together. Our connection to each other is too powerful to let ourselves be kept apart.
As the clock forced the evening to a close, we put notes on a door describing how we wanted to move forward in our relationships. More combined worship. More dialogues. More learning. More outreach opportunities together. Singing, praying, learning, fellowship, and service.
Even though the next two REFORM events are self-contained – they are three separate events rather than one continued event, I suspect we’ll see some of the same faces coming again and again because we are so inspired to move forward as one body. Come be a part of the conversation on October 19 at 7 pm at Christ the King or October 21 at 10 am at St. Max.
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October 31, 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany – an act that sparked the Lutheran Reformation. For many years, Roman Catholics and Lutherans have been striving to find common ground and heal divisions in the Church.
Last October 31, for the first time, Pope Francis, Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation, and other Roman Catholic and Lutheran leaders led the Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in Lund, Sweden. This historic event was a visible sign of unity, as Lutherans and Catholics from around the globe joined together for worship.
This Fall, we continue to commemorate this anniversary, locally, in a variety of ways, including these exciting events that bring together various voices for worship and learning. These events will focus on three themes: Rediscover Common Ground, Renew Relationships, and Respond to Local Needs. Centering ourselves in Ephesians 3:16-21, “Now to God, who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,” we’ll explore the many ways that the Holy Spirit continues to work in our lives, congregations, and communities.
Our time together will include a prayer service for unity, panel presentation, small group discussions, and reflections on how we can continue to love and serve the people of God as we respond to local need. The following dynamic voices will invite us into engaging God’s promises and one another as we look to the future.
Thursday, October 19, 7 – 9 pm, Christ the King Lutheran Church, West Chester
Worship leaders for the evening include Father Norm Langenbrunner and Pastor Lowell Michelson
Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to noon, St. Maximillian Kolbe Church, Liberty Twp.
Worship leaders for the evening include Father Geoff Drew and Pastor Matt Byrd
We are offering the same program in various locations in the hope that more people can participate.
A freewill offering will be taken for Matthew 25: Ministries for Hurricane Relief.
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Lord of Life Annual Church Picnic
Sunday, August 20
One worship service 10 am
Picnic at 11:30 am
All are welcome.
Don’t miss this church-wide celebration filled with worship, food, games, and togetherness! Following worship, we’ll gather around pork BBQ, with hotdogs for the kids and kids-at-heart, and invite you to bring something to share.
The dunk tank is back, along with tie-dye, bingo, water games, and much more fun! You can bring a plain t-shirt to tie-dye or order a new LOL t-shirt for $5.
We’ll also be looking for help to set up on Saturday morning, as well as folks to run games for little ones on Sunday.
Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this end of summer bash!
Check out the Sign Up Genius to sign up to help.
Needed: Empty 2-Liter bottles with caps. Drop off in the box in the narthex.
Join us for combined worship at 10 am and listen to our own Corey Wagonfield preach.
Then it's time for food and fun!
There's pork BBQ and hot dogs for lunch. We invite you to bring something to share.
The dunk tank is back with Pastor Lowell, Lucas, and Bob Johnson to name a few.
Tie dye is back too, with plenty of new LOL t-shirts on hand for a $5 donation.
Corn hole, kids games, face painting, bingo and much, much more!
It will be more fun if you join us!
“Go and do likewise.” These four powerful words Jesus spoke after sharing the parable of the Good Samaritan. At Lord of Life, we follow these words as a part of the heart and soul of our collective spirit. Our involvement in Family Promise of Butler County has provided a whole new level of ways we can be directly involved in the needs of our community. Family Promise provides overnight lodging to homeless families as well as services to put them on a path to permanent housing.
This June, we’re kicking off Club 180 as a way for individuals to get involved with a financial commitment toward this effort. For $180 you can provide a safe place for families for 4 full days. Club 180 is ongoing, but we’d like to get off to a strong start!
One way you can easily make this happen is to go to the Family Promise Website and also be sure to complete one of the yellow cards in the narthex or you can provide a check on Sunday and give to Patti Paulett or Michelle Payne. Any size donation is welcome. Don’t forget to let us know if you’d like to donate in memory/honor of a loved one.
Thank you for your kind hearts as we go and do likewise together.
Contact: Patti Paulett,
We've rescheduled the Blessing of the Wheels for Sunday, July 16!
in the front yard
Whether you have a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle, motorcycle, skateboard, inline skates, or other wheeled contraption, ride or bring it to church on Sunday, June 18 for a blessing. As we enter the prime season for cruising, we’ll ask for God to guide and protect us in the hope that it will bring safety for our outdoor riding. We’ll have the blessing in the front yard at 9:15 in between the two morning services.
This past Memorial Day, I had lunch with some of my extended family. Right at noon, we served up hot dogs with sauerkraut, bbq chips, watermelon, cookies, and glasses of milk, punch, and water. It was your typical Memorial Day picnic fare that could’ve been served in any backyard or under any park pavilion. It wasn’t anything big or fancy. What made this gathering different, though, was that it was in the basement of First Lutheran in Over the Rhine.
As we gathered from various locations for the community meal, small moments and gestures of joy were everywhere. There were smiles and handshakes. Conversations were laced with words of gratitude. Damp washclothes wiped down tables in between guests and one guest pushed his lunch aside for a few minutes while he played spirituals and gospel hymns on the piano in the corner. By themselves, each of these didn’t amount to much, but together, these little acts of kindness swirled in a beautiful expression of our shared humanity.
God has a habit of using little things to do big stuff.
Saturday, June 24
Lord of Life and Gloria Dei, Cincinnati, will walk together in the Cincinnati Pride Parade as a witness to the promises of God which extend to all people. We know that not everyone is ready to be part of such an event, but for those who are, we invite you to join us. Pastor Rob Bork and Gloria Dei participated last year and have invited us to walk with them as a unified people.
The mission of Cincinnati Pride is to provide the Greater Cincinnati LGBTQ community and their allies a forum to celebrate and affirm our individuality and renew our dedication to promoting acceptance of all individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
It's not too late to walk with us!
Contact: Rick Ponton,
A few weeks ago, I mentioned something about spicy food in a children’s message. I recalled a fifth grade trip to South Texas when I ate my first jalapeño, that not only heated up my mouth, but blew my mind. In a single nibble of that delightful, green pod, I caught a glimpse of an expansive world beyond my own. Back in my little corner of Summit County, OH, the only ethnic restaurant was Italian.
Not long after I mentioned my love of hot sauce, Leah showed up with a box of the firey bottles. Her brother, who recently died, was also a fan of the cayenne. Not sure what to do with to do with the dozens of hot sauces and rubs he collected, she bequeathed them to me. Some were old friends, while others were unfamiliar traveling companions. What a delicious gift of heat and flavor.
As I glanced at the box, I couldn’t help but think about the biblical images of God’s children as various parts of one body.