Previously published reflections from the ELCG-ESC:


Selected prayers of intercession from our worship.


This page is also a space where original works submitted by members can be posted or linked.

You are invited to submit your creative writing, poetry, theological/spiritual reflections, photography, photos of visual art, etc.

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Prayer for the Week



Gracious God, holding before us the plate with the bread of life, offered without money or price, yet priceless, satisfying, rich:
open our mouths to receive your goodness, so that whatever hungers devil us,
we taste your love and turn to your Beloved,
Jesus Christ. Amen

















Announcements for Sunday worship bulletin


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Bulletin announcements:  17th September 2017


Welcome to the Kolorit Choral Ensemble!

This choral group from Denmark is in town for a church service later today and offered to sing for our worship service as well. Many thanks!


Congregational Trip to La Grande Chartruese Monastery – 23 September

In place of a congregational retreat this fall, there will be a day-long outing to the beautiful Chartreuse hills, between Grenoble and Chambéry in France. We will travel together by coach bus to visit the museum of La Grande Chartreuse (the main monastery of the Carthusian movement), share a picnic lunch, and see the lovely nearby church of St. Hugues (full of the wonderful artwork of a gifted artist, Arcabas). The trip is open to all and will include activities for children. The cost for adults is Chf 35; children can attend for free.


There are just a few spots left—complete a sign-up form as soon as possible.


More information here:




Starting Next Sunday – Weekly Forums at ELCG

Our congregation is full of people doing meaningful work, living out our common calling to be witnesses to God’s justice, peace, and love in an incredible variety of ways. This fall, we will have the opportunity to hear from several members, presenting briefly on topics they are currently engaged with.


From next week through November, there will be a forum in the sanctuary each Sunday following worship. Here are the presenters and topics for the next couple of weeks:

  • 24 September: Dinesh Suna – “Water for Life – Churches Becoming Blue Communities”

  • 1 October: Peter Prove (topic TBA)


All are invited to join in this wonderful opportunity to learn from the rich experience and witness of the members of our community. Invite a friend to join you!


Blessing of the Animals – 1 October

The Season of Creation concludes with St. Francis Day (Sunday, 1 October). Our congregation plans to offer a blessing of the animals on this day—so those with pets: bring them to worship! More details will follow soon—for now, start thinking about whether your pets (dogs, cats, birds, lizards…) might be able to join us for worship and a blessing in the garden following.


Luther’s Small Catechism – Tuesday Evening Study Begins 26 September

Martin Luther wrote his Small Catechism as a concise summary of the Christian faith. For centuries it has been studied by confirmation students and others seeking an understanding of Christianity. Tuesday evening, September 26 at 19h30 at the church, Miriam Deffenbaugh will begin leading the “By Heart” study of the Small Catechism. The class will run for seven weeks; course books are available for CHF 15. It's perfect for those who are new to Christianity or the Lutheran tradition and also for those who studied the catechism long ago and want to dig a little deeper. Interested in joining? Send a note to the church office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or use the sign up sheet after Sunday worship.


Grief and Loss Group – Starting this Fall

Losing someone close often brings up a variety of emotions—sadness, disorientation, guilt, sometimes relief at the end of a long illness—and these emotions can be particularly challenging to process when we are far from family and our home countries. This fall, Elisabeth Benn—a licensed psychotherapist—and Andy Willis are planning to offer a group for those coping with grief and loss. The monthly meetings could be a source of support both for those who have recently lost loved ones and for those anticipating a loss. If you are interested in being part of a group like this, please mark the signup sheet available this morning.


Recommend a Sharing Project for Our Congregation!

Our congregation gives away a portion of our income every year to churches and organizations throughout the world serving and empowering those in need. Do you know of an organization or a project that could use our support? It could be in your home country or elsewhere. Our church’s sharing group is currently looking for projects we can support—please contact Johnny Camaddo or Elaine Neuenfeldt for more information.


Choir to Resume Thursday 28 September

Weekly Thursday choir rehearsals will resume 28 September from 20h00 until 21h30 in the sanctuary. We sing music from many parts of the world. Come join in the energy whether you can read western music or not. All are welcome! For more information contact Terry MacArthur.


New Geneva Lutheran Newsletter Now Available

The new Autumn 2017 edition of the Geneva Lutheran, our congregation's quarterly newsletter, is now available. Copies are available to pick up at the back of the sanctuary or you can download it online from the ELCG website.


Interreligious Calendars Available for Purchase

The Plateforme interreligieuse de Genève produces a calendar each year highlighting the diversity of the world’s religions. The 2018 calendar is focused on the theme of prayer and meditation—it includes beautiful photographs and the dates of major religious festivals from many traditions. Copies are available for purchase this morning for CHF 14. See Simone Sinn, our church’s representative on the Platforme.


Hearing on Racism, Discrimination, Afrophobia and Xenophobia

All are invited to join in this important event taking place at the Ecumenical Center on 25 September:


Hearing on Racism, Discrimination, Afrophobia and Xenophobia:
The experience of people of African Descent in the USA
Date: 25 September 2017
Time: 9h00 – 11h00
Venue: Ecumenical Centre, Visser't Hooft Hall (Main Hall)


The Hearing is organized by the World Council of Churches, together with the National Council of The Churches of Christ in the USA. It will be an opportunity to learn about the racial discrimination, xenophobia and afrophobia that people of African descent are experiencing in the USA, and acknowledge and reaffirm the role of faith communities as agents of transformative justice in the face of racial injustice. Please RSVP by

20 September at:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Geneva Bible Study resumes on Fridays at 9h00

Study starts at 9h20. This women's Bible Study is open to women of all ages and this year we will be studying the Book of Romans. We look forward to welcoming you at rue de Monthoux 3, 1202 Geneva (above The English Library). The format is reading, teaching and small group discussion. For further information see the website www.genevabiblestudy.ch


Calendar for the coming week:  11th September

(Church open for prayer & meditation Tue-Fri 10h00-13h00)

Tuesday 19th September 2017

Centering Prayer at the church - 18:00

(see website front page link for more details)


Saturday 23rd September 2017

Congregation retreat Chartreuse

(see website right hand column link for more details)


Sunday 24th September 2017

Worship on the Fourth Sunday of Creation at 11h00

(Season of Creation - 4: Animals)

Pastor Rev. Andy Willis preaching and presiding,



Calendar: 'Refreshments schedule full year 2017' - view PDF file