Luke 4:1-13 - The Sword of the Spirit is Enough

Luke 4:1-13 - The Sword of the Spirit is Enough

On Sunday, March 10th, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson: Luke 4:1-13, which is Luke's account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. The sermon will stress that our God has given us the Word of God--which is the Sword of the Spirit — to use when the devil attacks.  The sermon will have the simple theme:  "THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT IS ENOUGH!"

Luke 9 - See the Glory of the Lord

Luke 9 - See the Glory of the Lord

This coming Sunday, March 3rd, is Transfiguration Sunday. At Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday (Luke 9:28-36), which is Luke's account of the Transfiguration. In spirit we will stand on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Some interesting things happened on the top of mountains in the Bible.  On Mt. Moriah the Lord told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  On Mt. Carmel Elijah had his famous showdown with the prophets of Baal.  On Mt. Ararat the ark came to rest.  On Mt. Sinai Moses was given the Ten Commandments.  On Mt. Calvary Jesus died for our sins.  So it doesn't surprise us when Jesus decided to reveal His glory on a mountain!

Luke 6 - Why Forgive?

Luke 6 - Why Forgive?

Sunday the 24th of February is the seventh Sunday in an unusually long Epiphany season (because Lent starts very late this year). At Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will again be preaching on the Old Testament lesson for that Sunday (Genesis 45:3-8a,15). This is part of the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but forgave them all. On a human level, we can think of many reasons why forgiveness doesn't seem to make sense.  Why forgive? Pastor Carlovsky will combine the Joseph story with thoughts from the Gospel lesson (Luke 6:27-38) about loving your enemies, to answer the question "Why forgive?” as well as to learn how we should forgive. The sermon theme will be:  "LEARN TO FORGIVE!” 

Jeremiah 17 - God Uses Contrast to Encourage Us

Jeremiah 17 - God Uses Contrast to Encourage Us

This coming Sunday at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, February 17th, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Old Testament lesson (Jeremiah 17:5-8) for that week.  That reading contrasts the blessings of trusting in the true God with the woes in store for those who trust in human might and wisdom. (It also echoes the thoughts of Psalm 1 with the idea of a "tree planted by the water.") There is a  contrast between trusting in God and attempting to go it alone. The contrast here will be in where we're planted and the impact on spiritual growth if our roots are elsewhere (other than in God and His Word). The sermon theme will be "GOD USES CONTRAST TO ENCOURAGE US!”

Luke 5 - Knowin' Where You're Goin'

Luke 5 - Knowin' Where You're Goin'

This coming Sunday at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, February 10th, Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon text will be  the Gospel lesson (Luke 5:1-11). Most people focus on the miraculous catch of fish in this story — but the sermon will address what happened next:  Peter, James, and John  just left their nets and boat to follow Jesus.  Why would they do that? ...when they didn't know where they were going! The sermon will look at where these three disciples were “going,” with this title and outline:  "KNOWIN' WHERE YOU'RE GOIN'!"

Luke 4 - Worthless Sinners Become Worthy Witnesses

Luke 4 - Worthless Sinners Become Worthy Witnesses

This coming Sunday, February 3rd, Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, will focus on the thought that  Jesus calls us as His messengers.  The Old Testament lesson (Isaiah 6:1-8) highlights Isaiah's familiar response to his calling:  "Here am I.  Send me! (Isaiah 6:8).  Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson (Luke 4:20-32), which has Jesus returning to His hometown to preach the Good News.  Sharing God's message and witnessing will be the focus. The sermon theme will be:  "WORTHLESS SINNERS BECOME  WORTHY WITNESSES!"

John 1 - I am Jesus' Little Lamb

John 1 - I am Jesus' Little Lamb

This coming Sunday, January 27th, Lord and Savior’s elementary and  preschool children (PreK-8) will be singing "I Am Jesus' Little Lamb” during the service.  The sermon theme will be based directly on the sermon text (John 1:29-41): “Look, the Lamb of God!”  Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will try to  imagine growing up in a faithful Israelite family.  They would be familiar with all the times that lambs were sacrificed.  We, too, have become familiar with Jesus as our Lamb, whose sacrifice was substitutionary, sacrificial and special. Because He came to be the Lamb, we can say of ourselves too:  "I am Jesus' little lamb.” 

John 2 - Jesus Revealed His Glory

John 2 - Jesus Revealed His Glory

This coming Sunday, January 20th, continues the season of Epiphany, with the story of Jesus’ first recorded miracle as found in John 2:1-11. Changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana “revealed his glory.”  It is interesting that He revealed His glory in an ordinary town, to an ordinary couple, in the midst of an ordinary celebration.  In such subtle, simply, ordinary ways He reveals Himself as our almighty God! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme will echo this idea:  "JESUS REVEALED HIS GLORY!” 

1 Samuel 16 - God Anoints His Chosen One

1 Samuel 16:1-13 - “God Anoints His Chosen One!”

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This coming Sunday, January 13th, is when the church often recognizes the “Baptism of our Lord.”  The Gospel lesson is that story, as found in Luke 3:15-17,21,22. Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on the Old Testament lesson, the story of the shepherd boy, David, being anointed by Samuel as the next king.   We will be reminded how baptism is something like that anointing... being chosen or set apart by our heavenly Father.  And we'll be reminded that at Jesus' baptism He was "anointed" as the Messiah to be our Savior. His sermon theme will use the text found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13, and will be titled "GOD ANOINTS HIS CHOSEN ONE!” 


John 2:1-11 - “Jesus Revealed His Glory!”

The following Sunday, January 20th continues the season of Epiphany, with the story of Jesus’ first recorded miracle as found in John 2:1-11. Changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana “revealed his glory.”  It is interesting that He revealed His glory in an ordinary town, to an ordinary couple, in the midst of an ordinary celebration.  In such subtle, simply, ordinary ways He reveals Himself as our almighty God!

The sermon theme will echo this idea:  "JESUS REVEALED HIS GLORY!” 

I.  He's our Friend!

II. He's our Provider!

III. He's our Savior!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Matthew 2 - And Fell Down and Worshiped Him

Matthew 2 - And Fell Down and Worshiped Him

This coming Sunday, January 6th, is Epiphany — the twelfth day of Christmas, when the church remembers the visit of the Magi, or Wise Men, from the East to see the infant Jesus. The King James version Bibles that many people grew up with say that these powerful, wealthy and learned men "fell down and worshiped him" (Matthew 2:11b). Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 2:1-12, and have the same theme: 

 "AND FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED HIM!” He will note how that worship (1) overcame obstacles; and (2) gave generously.  

Christmas Season Services

Psalm 24 - Love: Make Way for the King!

This coming Sunday, December 23rd, is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor David Carlovsky will finish up the congregation’s Advent services with the word “Love,” using Psalm 24, often used for Advent, as his sermon text. The sermon theme will be: “LOVE: MAKE WAY FOR THE KING!
   I. Welcome the King!

  II. Worship the King!

 III. The King is Wonderful!








Matthew 1:21 - That Chosen Night at the Stable

On Christmas Eve (Monday, the 24th), the congregation will hold a candlelight service at 7:00pm. The service will include multiple choral selections and a duet. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 1:21; with a theme of  "THAT CHOSEN NIGHT --AT THE STABLE: 

   I. The carolers!

  II. The cradle!

 III. The Christ-Child!



Isaiah 9:6 - That First Christmas Day!

A Christmas Day service will also be held, at 9:00am on Tuesday, the 25th of December. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon text will be based on the great prophecy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6:  THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY! 

   I. The Mighty God!

  II. The Messiah!

 III. The Mystery!


2 Corinthians 5:17 - In Christ the Old is Gone, the New has Come!

The following Sunday, December 30th, the congregation will recognize New Year’s even as we bask in the glow of Christmas. Violin music will be included in the service. The New Year's sermon will be based on this verse:   "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).  As we ponder “new things for the new year,” we remember that most of those “new” things aren’t really new. Rather we want to re-new our activities, like prayer, joy, service, witnessing, etc. for the new year in our LORD.  Every day in the new year, the "new man" in us will arise by God's Spirit-worked faith. Thus, the sermon theme will be  "IN CHRIST...THE OLD IS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!"


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Children's Christmas Service: Children of the Heavenly Father

Children’s Christmas Service - Children of the Heavenly Father

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This coming Sunday, December 16th, Lord & Savior Lutheran Church's service (at 9:00am) will be a Children's Christmas Service, held in the school gym to accommodate extra attendees.  The service will be followed by a brunch (served by the congregation’s Sisters in Christ) and a cookie walk with Christmas cookies.   (Baked by school/church families and available for a free-will donation.)   The service theme is:  "Children of the Heavenly Father."  We welcome family and friends, guests and visitors, to this special service of worship and praise, honoring the celebration of Christ's birth.   The children in word and song will be leading us in worship, and the faculty also plans to sing.



Matthew 3:1-3 - John the Baptist: The Voice

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The third and final Wednesday-evening Advent service will reflect on the miraculous birth, ministry, and preaching career of John the Baptist as the forerunner for the Savior. As a text, Pastor Carlovsky will use a portion of how John the Baptist came to "prepare the way" from Matthew's gospel... even as he quotes Isaiah. For Advent Vespers sermon, we will consider:  JOHN THE BAPTIST: THE VOICE  (Matthew 3:1-3)






Psalm 24 - Love: Make Way for the King!

The following Sunday, December 23rd, is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor David Carlovsky will finish up the congregation’s Advent services with the word “Love,” using Psalm 24, often used for Advent, as his sermon text. The sermon theme will be: “LOVE: MAKE WAY FOR THE KING!


  I. Welcome the King!

  II. Worship the King!

  III. The King is Wonderful!





Matthew 1:21 - That Chosen Night…at the Stable

On Christmas Eve (Monday, the 24th), the congregation will hold its usual candlelight service at 7:00pm. The service will include multiple choral selections and a duet. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 1:21; with a theme of  THAT CHOSEN NIGHT -- AT THE STABLE: 

   I. The carolers!

  II. The cradle!

 III. The Christ-Child!



Isaiah 9:6 - “That First Christmas Day”

A Christmas Day service will also be held, at 9:00am on Tuesday, the 25th of December. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon text will be based on the great prophecy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6:  THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY!

   I. The Mighty God!

  II. The Messiah!

 III. The Mystery!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 85 - He Promises Peace to His People

Psalm 85 - Peace: “He Promises Peace to His People!”

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This coming Sunday, December 9th, is the second Sunday in Advent. The key word for that service will be "peace.” That Sunday’s sermon will be based on Psalm 85:1-9, with this verse in particular: "I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints" (Psalm 85:8). Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be taken from the psalm:  PEACE: "HE PROMISES PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE!"



Matthew 1 - Mary and Joseph: “His Obedient Servants”

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Lord and Savior will again be offering midweek Advent Vespers services on the Wednesday evenings leading up to Christmas. This year the theme of these services will be “People of Advent." For the second Wednesday-evening Advent Service (December 12th),  we will consider the expectant parents, Mary and Joseph.  The sermon will consider the Advent portion of their story, particularly the visit to each by an angel.  

The sermon theme will be:  

MARY AND JOSEPH: HIS OBEDIENT SERVANTS (Matthew 1:18-21)



Children’s Christmas Service - “Children of the Heavenly Father”

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The next Sunday (December 16th) morning service will be the Children's Christmas Service at 9:00 AM, held in the gym.  The service will be followed by a brunch (served by the congregation’s Sisters in Christ) and a cookie walk with Christmas cookies.   (Baked by school/church families and available for a free-will donation.)   The service theme is:  "Children of the Heavenly Father."  We welcome family and friends, guests and visitors, to this special service of worship and praise, honoring the celebration of Christ's birth.   The children in word and song will be leading us in worship.



Matthew 3 - John the Baptist: “The Voice”

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The third and final Wednesday-evening Advent service will reflect on the miraculous birth, ministry, and preaching career of John the Baptist as the forerunner for the Savior. As a text, Pastor Carlovsky will use a portion of how John the Baptist came to "prepare the way" from Matthew's gospel... even as he quotes Isaiah.

For Advent Vespers sermon, we will consider: 

JOHN THE BAPTIST: "THE VOICE"  (Matthew 3:1-3)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 130 - Wait in Hope

Psalm 130:5 - Wait in Hope!

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This coming Sunday, December 2nd, is the first Sunday in Advent. Lord and Savior will be following a program called C18 (for Christmas 2018) during this season. (More info available at https://welscongregationalservices.net/c18-worship-planning/ )The series theme is:  "He Comes, Bearing Gifts.” Each Sunday will highlight a single word; for our service on the 2nd of December, the word is "hope." The key verse for that first Advent sermon, using the psalm for that Sunday, is this:  "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope" (Psalm 130:5). Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will highlight the words "wait" and "hope."   Those who wait on the Lord… "WAIT IN HOPE!"



Luke 1:5-15a - “Zechariah and Elizabeth

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Lord and Savior will be offering three Advent Vespers services on Wednesday evenings (at 7:00pm) during the season of Advent. This year the theme of these services will be “People of Advent." For the first service (December 5th), we will consider the old priest and his wife, Zechariah and Elizabeth, whose miracle baby, John the Baptist, was the forerunner of Jesus Christ.  The sermon will consider their story as found in Luke 1:5-15a. The sermon theme will be, simply:  "ZECHARIAH AND ELIZABETH.” 



Psalm 85:8 - Peace: He Promises Peace to His People!

For the second Advent Sunday, December 9th, the key word is "peace.” That Sunday’s sermon will be based on Psalm 85:1-9, with this verse in particular: "I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints" (Psalm 85:8). Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be taken from the psalm:  PEACE: "HE PROMISES PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE!"



Matthew 1:18-21 - Mary and Joseph: His Obedient Servants

For the second Wednesday evening Advent Service on December 12th,  we will consider the expectant parents, Mary and Joseph.  The sermon will consider the Advent portion of their story, particularly the visit to each by an angel.  The sermon theme will be:  MARY AND JOSEPH: HIS OBEDIENT SERVANTS (Matthew 1:18-21)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 67 - The Shining Face of Our King

Psalm 67 - The Shining Face of Our King

This coming Sunday, November  25th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will observe the last Sunday of the church year. It’s typically called “Christ the King” Sunday. That morning, the congregation will consider Psalm 67, which includes this verse: "...for you will rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth" (Psalm 67:4).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon theme comes from the first verse:  "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1), which reminds us of the second phrase in the frequent benediction:  "The Lord make his face shine on us…" 

Psalm 118 - Recount the Dead of the Lord

Psalm 118: Recount the Dead of the Lord!

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This coming Sunday,  November 18th, is called “Saints Triumphant.” Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake recognizes this as a Sunday  when we remember faithful believers who have gone to heaven before us.  That day can be sad because it makes us remember loved ones whom the Lord has taken to heaven.  It's also a joyful day because of their victory in the Lord... even while we're sad for our loss while on earth. That Sunday, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the psalm appointed for that day, Psalm 118 (specifically on verses 14-18 and 21-24). The theme for Saints Triumphant Sunday includes the key verse (Psalm 118:17a).  It encourages all of us as saints to...RECOUNT THE DEEDS OF THE LORD!  "I WILL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE!” 



Psalm 100: Why Should We Be Thankful?

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Lord and Savior will observe Thanksgiving on the “eve” — Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00pm. The service that evening will focus on Psalm 100, which is noted as a psalm for giving thanks. The sermon theme that evening will be a simple question: “Why Should We Be Thankful?” 



Psalm 67: The Shining Face of Our King!

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The following Sunday, November 25th, is the last Sunday of the church year. It’s typically called “Christ the King” Sunday. That morning, the congregation will consider Psalm 67, which includes this verse: "...for you will rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth" (Psalm 67:4).  The sermon theme comes from the first verse:  "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1), which reminds us of the second phrase in the frequent benediction:  "The Lord make his face shine on us…" 

The sermon theme and sub themes that day will be: THE SHINING FACE OF OUR KING!

 I. Our King shines on us with His salvation!

II. Our King shines on us with joy!

III. Our King shines on us with mission zeal!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 90 - Teach Us to Number Our Days

Psalm 90 - Teach Us to Number Our Days

On Sunday,  November 11th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will begin marking the end of the church year. That Sunday is also Veterans’ Day — exactly 100 years after the signing of the armistice agreement marking the end of “the war to end all wars,” at the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918. In our service that day, Pastor David Carlovsky will highlight  what most call the oldest psalm, Psalm 90 --  the one psalm written by Moses.  Moses affirms that God is eternal, faithful, and completely holy.    He contrasts the eternal God with mankind.  Man is finite, fickle, and unfaithful. The theme for that week is: "TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS!"

Psalm 46 - No Fear!

Psalm 46 - No Fear!

On Sunday,  November 4th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will celebrate REFORMATION DAY by highlighting the great Reformation psalm, Psalm 46, in its service. Hymns will include "A Mighty Fortress", "Be Still My Soul", and "In Christ Alone."  All three hymns express thoughts recorded in Psalm 46.  The choir will also be singing a version of Psalm 46 that week:  "God Is Our Refuge and Strength."  (The choir is also singing "Built on the Rock.” We are reminded that Psalm 46 was a favorite "hymn" of many an Old Testament believer, too, because the psalm — like those hymns — expresses the quiet confidence that we have in the Lord in spite of life's struggles.)

Psalm 145 - A Table Prayer with an Attitude

Psalm 145 - A Table Prayer with an Attitude

On Sunday, October 21st, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church will highlight table prayers as we consider Psalm 145:15 &16.  Those two verses highlight a prayer that some of us use, besides the "common table prayer."  The theme uses the words "an attitude.”  “An Attitude” often is viewed in a negative sense, but here we are thinking about the proper Christian attitude of gratefully receiving our food and all that the Giver of all blesses us with. We will certainly ponder how "the eyes of all look to You"  ...mindful of God's open hand, His perfect timing, and how He satisfies every living thing! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme that week will be: "A TABLE PRAYER WITH AN ATTITUDE!”