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:  15th October 2017


Weekly Forums at ELCG - after worship, in the Sanctuary - 12:45

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.


  • Today: Ester Widiasih – “Unity in Diversity: Living in the Pluralistic Society of Indonesia”

  • 22 October: Simone Sinn – “Living Religious Diversity: 9 Propositions of the Geneva Interreligious Platform”
  • 29 October: Julienne Munyaneza – “Where is God When We Most Need Him? My Story During the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against Tutsis”

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!


Luther’s Small Catechism – Tuesday Evening Study Began 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.


Mark Your Calendar – Harvest Festival 12 November

Our congregation hosts a Harvest Festival every autumn—an auction where all proceeds are given away to one or more humanitarian or development projects selected by the church.

The auction items are supplied by…you! Members of the congregation offer a variety of “things” to sell: dinners in their homes, guided hikes, music or cooking lessons, crafts or items…. Start thinking now about what you can offer, and mark your calendar: the festival will take place on Sunday 12 November following worship.


Children’s Choir Practice Saturday 11 November, Singing 12 November

We learn to sing together but also participate in other parts of the worship.  Children ages 6–12 (able to read words) are invited to come for a 2-hour rehearsal on Saturday. Last year we met at 10h00–noon, but Terry is wondering if 14h00–16h00 has fewer conflicts with other activities. Please contact Terry if your child might be interested (or if he might help work at getting your child interested), and indicate which time might be better.


Office Hours Change

Our office hours are changing a bit. Donna will be in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9h00–13h00, Thursdays 9h00–17h00, and Fridays 12h00–16h00.

This website has been updated - on the "Contact & Find Us" menu link.


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.


Breathing Space – Mini-Retreat on Lectio Divina

Saturday, 21 October – 9h30 to 12h30 at the ELCG

Do you need to catch your breath? A small window to pause, listen, and rest? “Breathing Space” is a time for quiet reflection and exploring a contemplative practice together. You are invited to a half-day retreat on the practice of Lectio Divina, a prayerful approach to reading the scriptures that involves slowing us down, space for listening, and reflection for God's invitation in our present circumstances. This day will involve simple teaching, guided practice, and silence for personal prayer and reflection. Bring your journal if you have one. Refreshments provided. If any questions or to RSVP please contact: Monica McKinlay (www.listeningpresence.org) or mark the signup sheet this morning.


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.



Calendar for the coming week:  16th October, 2017

(Church open for prayer & meditation Tues-Thurs 10h00-13h00, and Friday 13h00-16h00)

Monday 16th October 2017

Confirmation class at the church - 17h15

Tuesday 17th October 2017

Centering Prayer at the church - 18:00

Small Catechism class - Gemeinderaum at the church - 19h30

(see website front page links for more details)


Thursday 19th October 2017

Choir practice at the church - 20h00-21h30


Saturday 21st October 2017

Breathing space retreat at the church - 09h30

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Worship on Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost - at 11h00

Pastor Rev. Andy Willis preaching and presiding

Isa. 45:1-7; Psalm. 96 Thess. 1:1-10; Matt. 22:15-22

FORUM in the Sanctuary - 12h45



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