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  • The Grapevine

    November 2019 Abiding Savior Lutheran Church

    Rev. Gary P. Lissy, Pastor

    Phone: 480-947-7495



    A Word From Pastor Gary

    “Seeing” “One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:15-19)

    Whatever else this story may be about, I definitely think it's about sight. Ten men are healed, but only one sees what has happened. And that “seeing” makes all the difference. Not only does the tenth leper change direction, moving toward Jesus rather than the Tem- ple priests, but he also has the opportunity to worship God with thanksgiving and hear the pronouncement of blessing from Jesus: “Go, your faith has made you well.” All this because he recognizes, perceives, sees what has happened; he has not only been healed by leprosy, but has been given new sight. We have all heard the adage,

    “Seeing is believing.” We were taught not to be gullible, to want proof, to demand evidence of what people were telling us. But we are old enough to know that, more often than not, the opposite is equally true. That is, what we believe deeply shapes what we perceive. Is the glass half full or half empty? Is the stranger ahead a potential friend or potential ene- my? Is the challenge in front of us an adversity or opportunity? How we answer these and so many similar questions regularly determines our experience of the world. In other words, believing is seeing. For this reason, I think one of the primary functions of Sunday worship is to clarify our vision. To remind us of those words of Jesus: “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

    The wonderful gift of faith that we have in Jesus is what makes us well, what forgives us our sins. Jesus has not healed you from leprosy, but He has healed you from some- thing infinitely greater than leprosy: your sin. Knowing these things -- believing these things -- makes an incredible difference to how we view our life, our neighbors, our work, and our world. Our Christian faith helps us see the world differently.

    God’s Peace this month,

    Pastor Gary P. Lissy

  • November 3rd ... All Saints Sunday

    Rev. 7:(2-8) 9-17, 1 John 3:1-3, Matt. 5:1-12

    November 10th ... 22nd after Pentecost

    Ex. 3:1-15, 2 Thess. 2:1-8, 13-17, Luke 20:27-40

    November 17th ... 23rd Day after Pentecost

    Mal. 4:1-6, 2 Thess. 3:(1-5) 6-13, Luke 21:5-28 (29-36)

    November 24th ... Christ the King Sunday

    Mal. 3:13-18, Col. 1:13-20, Luke 23:27-43

    November 28th … Thanksgiving Day

    Deut. 8:1-10, Phil. 4:6-20 or Tim. 2:1-4, Luke 17:11-19


  • November Altar Guild

    November 3rd

    All Saints Sunday

    10:00 am service

    Tamara Hartrick & Linn Palmer

    November 10th

    10:00 am service

    Lori DeVries & Joy Miller

    November 17th

    10:00 am service

    Cree Abbott & Eleanor Brierley

    November 24th

    Christ the King Sunday

    10:00 am service

    Cree Abbott & Joy Miller

    November 27th

    Thanksgiving Day Eve

    7:00 pm service

    Lori DeVries & Linn Palmer

  • Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Prayer Chain

    General Prayer requests can be made with the office at:


    Voicemail messages will be monitored 7 days a week and

    distributed to the prayer chain

    Please direct any life threatening situations that need

    immediate / emergency attention directly

    to Pastor Gary at 480-823-3033

    Executive Board

    Janet Berge President

    Kurt Parks, Treasurer

    Emalie Wiley, Secretary

    Board of Elders

    Worship, Youth &

    Education Ministries

    Sheila Bitterman & Miriam Emron

    Board of Deacons

    Church Community and

    Neighborhood Outreach

    Keith Kelley &

    Carol Toll

    Board of Trustees

    Facilities, Budget &

    Staff Ministries

    Jay Grant &

    Jeremy Jones

    Church Council

    Abiding Savior Lutheran Church Staff

    Please keep our Pastor and Church Leaders

    in your prayers.

    Rev. Gary P. Lissy, Pastor

    Morgan Hendershott

    Pastoral Intern

    Dominic Smith, Worship

    Kurt Parks,

    Eleanor Brierley, Office Manager_______

    Debra Marrero,*

  • Celebrating November Birthdays!

    Blessings and Happiness to Everyone!

    Kacey Martin….............…Nov. 03

    Carol Toll …………..…… Nov. 10

    David Bailey .....…...….…Nov. 15

    Joy Miller …. ………..….. Nov. 16

    Sheila Bitterman ………...Nov. 22

    Heidi Frank …………..…. Nov. 22

    Jeaniemarie Mason …......Nov. 23

    Becky Sherry ...……..…… Nov. 23

    Robyn Rider …………….. Nov. 25

    Dana Fladhammer ……….Nov. 30

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    clothing and food

    This can be left in the church narthex

    wooden box


    Known as the “Apostles’ Creed”

    The Word ‘creed’ comes from the Latin word

    credo, meaning ’I believe and trust’ The History of the Apostle’s Creed The Apostle’s Creed is a statement of faith. In many mainline churches it is spoken in worship on a regular basis. The Apostle’s Creed is not in the Bi- ble and was not written by the Apostles. The author of the creed is un- known. Background: This creed is called the Apostles' Creed not because it was produced by the apostles themselves but because it contains a brief sum- mary of their teachings. It sets forth their doctrine "in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity." In its present form it is dated no later than the fourth century. More than any other Christian creed, it may justly be called an ecumenical symbol of faith. This translation of the Latin text was approved by the CRC Synod of 1988. The Apostles' Creed, sometimes titled the Apostolic Creed or the Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement of Christian belief—a creed or "symbol". It is widely used by a number of Christian denominations for both liturgical and catechetical purposes, most visibly by liturgical Churches of Western tradition, including the Catholic Church, Lutheranism and Anglicanism. It is also used by Presbyterians, Moravians, Methodists and Congregationalists

    Billy Graham stated: The Apostles’ Creed, though not written by the apos- tles, is the oldest creed of the Christian church and is the basis for others that followed. In its oldest form, the Apostles’ Creed goes back to at least 140 A.D. Many of the early church leaders summed up their beliefs as they had an oppor- tunity to stand for their faith—see, for example, 1 Timothy 6:12. These statements developed into a more standard form to express one’s confes- sion of faith at the time of baptism. It is not Scripture, but it is a simple list of the great doctrines of the faith. The word “catholic” means “relating to the church universal” and was the word used in the original version of the Creed. It does not mean the Roman Catholic Church, but the church, the body of Christ, as a universal fellow- ship. The phrase, “He descended into hell,” was not part of the creed in its earliest form.

    Sources taken from the internet….


    Why do we worship? We do not worship simply out of tradition!


    God is Creator and He is worthy of our worship! We worship Him because of His transcend- ence, uniqueness, and holiness.


    He created us, therefore we worship Him. We also worship God because He saved us. He sent Jesus to die on our behalf, so that we might be free from sin.


    Jesus teaches us in John 4 that the Father is seeking true worshipers. And true worshipers are those that worship God in both spirit and truth.


    We do not worship just because we enjoy the emotion or sensation of doing so. Worship makes us feel good, but that is not to be our primary motivation for worshiping God. We worship God because He desires us to and it pleases Him. We are beneficiaries of worship, but should not be the primary one. Our motivation to worship should be greater than that. True worship


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