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14th Sunday after Pentecost
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September 6, 2020


Today's worship texts
 

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.
 

First Reading: Romans 13:8-14

The obligation of Christians is to love one another and so fulfill the heart and goal of the law. Clothes make the person as we “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” and live today in light of the future God has in store for us.

8Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.

  11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:15-20


Jesus offers practical advice to his disciples on how individuals—and the church as a whole—should go about restoring relationships when one member has sinned against another.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Announcements

We need readers, intercessors, and zoom hosts to assist with worship (all done from your own home). Why not try serving in a new way?
September Worship Sign up

Join for us coffee Wednesdays at 1 pm (bring your own lawn chair and coffee). We meet in the park right across the street from the church. We will continue to meet until the weather turns.

CONFIRMATION will be Mondays 4:30-5:00 pm beginning September 14th via Zoom. Youth in Grade 6 or older can participate. If you have an interested youth, please let Pastor Jeff know.
Our next book study will be N. T. Wright's God and the Pandemic, exploring how we respond as Christians to the coronavirus pandemic.  We will meeting over Zoom on Tuesday evenings beginning September 15th. Please let Pastor Jeff know if you would like a book. Or you can order it yourself from Amazon.
National Bishop Susan Johnson is inviting us into a year of reading the bible together in a book of the month book club. The book for September is Genesis. So dust off your bible and read through Genesis this month and join us for a discussion in a few weeks to talk about it (or make your own group with your family, neighbours or friends). 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.
Ministry with the young (& young at heart)

Watch this space each Sunday for a printable children's bulletin, a colouring page for old and young alike, as well as a prompt for faith discussion at home. Use the pages with your children and grandchildren (or for yourself!)

Children's Bulletin

Colouring Page 

Faith Discussion Prompt

September 2020 Message for Congregations and Lay and Rostered Leaders from Bishop Larry Kochendorfer

Dear Beloved of God –

There are written prayers which speak to me profoundly, and which I return to again and again. They have become part of me. My breath. My DNA.

“Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest”, The Lord’s Prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep”, the familiar prayer from the Morning and Evening Prayer services , “O God, you have called your servants...”, just to name a few.

I recall hearing this latter prayer years ago now, in the mid-80’s as a college student, in the form of a choral anthem. The text, the prayer, had been set for four-part harmony. A beautiful melody. Each vocal part wondrously written. I still sing the bass line and the melody.

Over the years I have sung this hymn, prayed this text, over and over again. As a new parent. When I began my First Call at Bethany Lutheran, Dickson, Alberta, and beginning each subsequent call. At the death of my youngest sister. At times when I have wondered and questioned. And, at times when I have moved to thanksgiving and praise.

One of the reasons that I love this prayer is because it is realistic and yet encouraging, honest yet hopeful. It doesn’t deny difficult truths, but neither does it succumb to sterile pessimism. It was written in the first part of the twentieth century by a Church of England priest, Eric Milner- White, and like many good prayers from another time and place, it sounds like it was tailor made for us here and now.

Here and now, as the Spirit of God continues to lead us into a future that is unfamiliar, with the assurance that God is present, God’s hand leading, cradled in love.

I have sung this prayer and prayed this text many times over these past COVID-19 months. I am sure that I will sing and pray them over and over again in the months to come.

As I have sung and prayed in these days of unseen endings, of paths yet untrodden, through perils unknown, I have experienced with you and through you so many signs of hope, of faithfulness, trust, courage, and encouragement.

Congregational leaders, lay and rostered who: under extraordinary stress, pressure and restraints have poured themselves into the work of leadership; and though tired and weary and wondering, have reached out to one another, and to those in their midst, providing pastoral care, connection, compassion and care.

Creativity, ingenuity, openness, support, encouragement, trust, community.

And our church, working together in ways that witness to the Spirit of God among us. Joint correspondence from national and synod treasurers, and from national and synod bishops. Sharing of resources and experience. A Pentecost celebration with our Full Communion partners.

As we journey together join me in singing the hymn. Join me in prayer.

And as we journey, continue to be humble and gentle with one another. Honor each other. Make space for lament. Welcome moments of joy. Help each other live into hope. Learn from this journey in the coronavirus wilderness and let the learning lead us forward. Trust that God is at work in this time and look for the new things God is doing even now.

Thank you for your witness to patient trust in God and to sacrificial, cruciform love for your neighbors.

The God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

In Christ Jesus – Shalom, +Larry

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