Sunday, September 17, 2021 –  17th Sunday after Pentecost​

 

Good morning! Welcome to worship! We are so glad you’ve chosen to join us for worship today!

Scripture Readings:

Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalm 54; James 3:13—4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37

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Today we hear James warn against selfish ambition, while the disciples quarrel over which one of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them the way to be great is to serve. To make it concrete, he puts in front of them a little child.

James reminds us that it is the wisdom that God gives that unites our hearts and minds. Instead of living to satisfy our own wants and desires, we show this wisdom in peace, gentleness, mercy, and impartiality toward others.

Jesus’ teaching and action in today’s reading are directed to the church whenever it is seduced by the world’s definition of greatness—prestige, power, influence, and money. The antidote to such a concern for greatness… is servanthood.

**The bulletin, scripture readings and PK’s sermon are available for you to download.


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**The bulletin, scripture readings and PK’s sermon are available for you to download.

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Thank you to Katie James for providing our Special Music today.
The altar flowers are given in loving memory of George Thompson by Teresa and family.

 

Wishing you a week of blessings and joy,
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

Sunday, September 12, 2021 –  16th Sunday after Pentecost​

 

Good morning! Welcome to worship!  **There is a break in the video of today’s service recording due a rain shower that popped up. It is good to remember our baptism!

 

Today we celebrate “God’s Work. Our Hands” – after worship, we will work together in various service projects that benefit our community and beyond.

 

Scripture Readings:
Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38
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The image of the servant of the Lord is one of the most notable motifs found in Isaiah. Today’s reading describes the mission of the servant, whom early Christians associated with Jesus. Like Jesus, the servant does not strike back at his detractors but trusts in God’s steadfast love.

 

Our reading from James uses various images to illustrate our damaging and hurtful the way we speak to and about others can be. Not only are we to control our speech, but what we say and how we say it are to reflect our faith.

 

Today’s gospel reading marks a turning point in Mark’s gospel. Peter is the first human to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but he cannot accept that, as the Messiah, Jesus will have to suffer and die (and be raised again)—the cross is at the center of who Jesus is and why he came to live among us… and it is for us, as well. Jesus issues a strong challenge to
all of us—connecting discipleship and the cross.

 

**The bulletin, scripture readings and PK’s sermon are available for you to download.

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Thank you to Kathy Houzner for providing our Special Music today.
The altar flowers are given in honor of Tate Berahn’s 7th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Tate!

Sunday, September 5, 2021 –  15th Sunday after Pentecost​
 

Good morning!  Welcome to worship!  

 

Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, 14-17; Mark 7:24-37

 

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James tells us to stop showing favoritism in the assembly, treating the rich visitor with more honor than the poor one. 

Jesus himself seems to show partiality in his first response to the Syrophoenician woman in today’s gospel. Was he testing her faith in saying Gentiles don’t deserve the goods meant for God’s children? Or was he speaking out of his human worldview, but transcended those limits when she took him by surprise with her reply? Either way, the story tells us that God shows no partiality. 

Everyone who brings a need to Jesus is received with equal honor as a child and heir.

 

**The bulletin and scripture readings for today’s service are available for you to download.

 

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Thank you to Yvonne Smith for covering while Pastor Karen is on vacation. 

The altar flowers are given in honor of Bob & Sharon Madland’s 55th Wedding Anniversary.

 

Wishing you a week of blessings and joy, 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen

Sunday, August 29, 2021 –  14th Sunday after Pentecost​
 

Good morning!  Welcome to worship!  

 

Scripture Readings:

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

 

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Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored.  True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. 

Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63).  Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth.  

We who were washed in the word when we were born in the font return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.

 

**The bulletin and scripture readings for today’s service are available for you to download.

 

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Thank you to Yvonne Smith for covering while Pastor Karen is on vacation. 

The altar flowers are given in honor of Pat and Dick Ruppin’s Wedding Anniversary.

 

Wishing you a week of blessings and joy, 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & Pastor Karen