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13th Sunday
after Pentecost
+
August 30, 2020
Today's worship texts
 

Prayer of the Day

O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.
 

Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21

Paul presents benchmarks for faithful relationships with Christians and non-Christians. Love is the unflagging standard of our behavior. When we encounter evil, we do not resort to its tactics but seek to overcome it with good. While Christians cannot control the actions and attitudes of others, we seek to live at peace with all people.

9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
  14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28

After Peter confesses that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (16:16), Jesus reveals the ultimate purpose of his ministry. These words prove hard to accept, even for a disciple whom Jesus has called a “rock.”

21From that time on, [after Peter confessed that Jesus was the Messiah,] Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
  24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
  27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Events this week

The Holy Communion liturgy will take place during our Zoom worship this morning. The distribution of the elements will happen in the church parking lot at 11:30 am. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending.

We need readers, prayer leaders and zoom hosts to assist with worship (all done from your own home). Why not try serving in a new way? Sign up here:
 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4ca9ab23a0ffce9-readers

Join for us coffee on the church lawn Wednesday at 1 pm (bring your own lawn chair, coffee, and remember the church bathroom will not be open).
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 likely meet over Zoom beginning in September (date and time will be determined by the participants). Please let Pastor Jeff know if you would like a book. Or you can order it yourself from Amazon.
Ministry with the young (& young at heart)

Watch this space next 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!)

If you don't have a printer at home, but would like copies, arrangements can be made with to pick them up from Pastor Jeff at the church.

For now here's a downloadable children's bulletin for this week click here
Thank you for your offering! Your generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!

You can give by e-transfer through your bank,
using the church's email unitymh@yahoo.com
(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
Contact the church office at 403-487-5404 or call/text Pastor Jeff at 403-502-1940






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