Sunday July 18 , 2021 – Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning! We are so glad you are able to join us for worship today!

Thank you to Yvonne Smith for leading worship today. Pastor Karen is with Vicar Kathi and her congregation to celebrate the completion of Kathi’s internship.

 

Scripture Readings:

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

 

In our Old Testament reading, the prophet Jeremiah uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new “king” to save Israel and Judah. Psalm 23 reminds of who our true shepherd is… and how he cares for us / our needs.

Mark’s gospel makes clear how much the crowd presses in on Jesus and his disciples, with its countless needs to be met. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves.

Sometimes we think that when others are in great need, we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. If we don’t take care of our needs, we won’t be able to care for others.

We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

 

Thank you to Jonah Gjersvig for providing our special music today… to Kelly Rodenschmit for serving as song leader.

 

The altar flowers are given in loving memory of Steve Emerson by his family.

**The bulletin  for today’s service is available for you to download

Sunday July 11 , 2021 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning! And welcome to worship! We are so glad you are able to join us today!

Speaking (and hearing) God’s TRUTH…

When Amos reports his vision of God judging Israel for its mistreatment of the poor, he becomes a threat to the power of the priests and the king.

John the Baptist also speaks truth to power and Herod has him killed.

In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed. All the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Christ.

Jesus came to proclaim and usher in God’s kingdom—a kingdom very different from the kingdom of this world… a kingdom of mercy and justice and peace… a kingdom where all are welcome, all are valued and cherished… a kingdom that offers new and abundant life for all who believe.

As his followers—called and commissioned in our baptisms—WE are called to witness to God’s justice and truth in company with the prophets, and to proclaim God’s saving love to our neighbors… to the world.

Scripture Readings:

Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

The gift of music today is offered by Susan Lappin and Katie James.

The altar flowers are in memory of Jessica Lawrence (given by Joe and Kathy Houzner)

**The bulletin and the sermon for today’s service is available for you to download.

Sunday July 4 , 2021 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning! And welcome to worship! We are so glad you are able to join us today!

We wish you a blessed and safe 4th of July weekend!

On this 4th of July, we give thanks to God for the gift of freedom we enjoy in our nation. We pray that we will use that freedom thoughtfully and responsibly, working for justice and peace and equity for all our neighbors—here and around the world.

 

Scripture Readings:

Ezekiel 2:1-5; Psalm 123; 2nd Corinthians 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

 

The prophet is sent to speak God’s word—often to a people unwilling to hear it. Ezekiel experienced that. So did Jesus when he went home to Nazareth. So might we when God sends us out in the role of prophet.

Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith.

Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent out to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the “between”: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.

 

The gift of music today is offered by Kathy Houzner.

The altar flowers are in celebration of Pastor Karen’s 15th Anniversary of Ordination (July 1)

**The bulletin and the sermon for today’s service is available for you to download.

Sunday July 25 , 2021 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning! We are so glad you are able to join us for worship this week!

Scripture Readings:

2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-18; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1:21

 

Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life.

Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish.

What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table, doesn’t seem like it is nearly enough to meet all the needs we see around us. But it is not the adequacy of our supplies or our skills that finally makes the difference: it is the power of Jesus working in the littlest and least to transform this world into the world God desires, a world where all the hungry are satisfied.

What gifts / resources do YOU bring to the Body of Christ?

Big or small… Christ can use them – to feed the hungry… to change the world!

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

 

Thank you to Cheryl Warming and Susan Lappin for providing our special music today… to Kariann Bauman Bailey for serving as our lector.

The altar flowers are given by Karen Schubring in loving memory of family and friend