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15th Sunday after Pentecost
September 13, 2020
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"Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave,
as I had mercy on you?" (Matthew 18:33)
Today's worship texts

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness. Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.Amen.


First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21

After Jacob’s death the brothers of Joseph begged for forgiveness for the crime they had done against him. You intended to do me harm, Joseph said, but God used this as an opportunity to do good and save many lives.

15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.


Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

When Peter asks about the limits of forgiveness, Jesus responds with a parable that suggests human forgiveness should mirror the unlimited mercy of God.

21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Youth Classes are Mondays via Zoom

4:30-5:00 pm Junior Confirmation (Grade 5 and below)

5:00 - 5:30 pm Confirmation (Grade 6 and up)

If you are interested please contact Pastor Jeff for the Zoom code.
Our book study "God and the Pandemic" begins Tuesday, September 15th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.

The meeting will open at 6:45 pm for check in and conversation before we begin.
Join for us coffee Wednesdays at 1 pm (bring your own lawn chair and drink).

We meet in the park right across the street from the church. We will continue to meet as long as the weather is decent.
Our Bible Book of the Month for September is Genesis. Dust off your bible and read through Genesis this month and join us for a discussion in a few weeks to talk about it. And don't get bogged down in the genealogies, but enjoy the stories: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark, Abraham and Sarah, Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob & Esau, Joseph and his brothers. To get you started here is an introduction to Genesis from The Lutheran Study Bible and some questions to get you thinking as you read.
Holy Communion will be consecrated during worship on Sunday, September 27th, packed in to-go bags for each family, and then shared together during worship on Sunday, October 4th.

To receive communion this month sign up here: COMMUNION SIGN UP or by calling the church office.

More details on the pick up process will be announced closer to the date.
Ministry with the young (& young at heart)

Here is this week's children's bulletin and a colouring page for old and young alike. Use the pages with your children and grandchildren (or for yourself!)

Children's Bulletin

Colouring Page 
A video message for autumn from Bishop Larry Kochendorfer (we will watch it together during worship today).
The recent suicides in our community are a reminder of how important it is to talk about mental health, to check in with each other, and if you are suffering, to reach out so that you are not suffering alone.
Thank you for your offering!
Your generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!

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using the church's email
(it will be automatically deposited without a security question)

You can also give by mail or by dropping off your offering at the church
599 - 12 Street NW
T1A 6R3
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