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Sundays in July 2018

Worship at 11:00 and 13:30 in the Luther Church

Sunday, July 1, 2018: Lectionary 13-Introduction-Lamentations 3:22-33 ,Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 ,Psalm 30 ,2 Corinthians 8:7-15 ,Mark 5:21-43 ,2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 ,Psalm 130:A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the haemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

Sunday, July 8, 2018: Lectionary 14-Introduction-Ezekiel 2:1-5 ,Psalm 123 ,2 Corinthians 12:2-10 .Mark 6:1-13 ,2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 ,Psalm 48: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 from the assembly 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.

Sunday, July 15, 2018: Lectionary 15-Introduction-Amos 7:7-15 ,Psalm 85:8-13 ,Ephesians 1:3-14 ,Mark 6:14-29 ,2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 ,Psalm 24:When Amos told what he saw when God held up the plumb line of justice next to Israel—that the poor were being trampled—he was a threat to the power of priests and king. John the Baptist also spoke truth to power, and Herod had him beheaded. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: that all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them.

Sunday, July 22, 2018: Lectionary 16-Introduction-Jeremiah 23:1-6 ,Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 ,2 Samuel 7:1-14a ,Psalm 89:20-37:Mark’s gospel makes clear how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. 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 honours the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

Sunday, July 29, 2018: Lectionary 17-Introduction-2 Kings 4:42-44 ,Psalm 145:10-18 ,Ephesians 3:14-21 ,John 6:1-21 ,2 Samuel 11:1-15 ,Psalm 14
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, seems like it is not 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.

Sundays in August 2018

Worship at 11:00 and 13:30 in the Luther Church

Sunday, August 5, 2018: Lectionary 18:Introduction-Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 ,Psalm 78:23-29 ,Ephesians 4:1-16 ,John 6:24-35 ,2 Samuel 11:26--12:13a ,Psalm 51:1-12-Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls us to come to him and believe in him, and through that relationship to know the one who sent him.

Sunday, August 12, 2018: Lectionary 19-Introduction: 1 Kings 19:4-8 ,Psalm 34:1-8 ,Ephesians 4:25--5:2 ,John 6:35, 41-51 ,2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33 ,Psalm 130 Jesus says that the bread he gives for the life of the world is his flesh, and whoever eats this bread has eternal life now and will be raised on the last day. In Ephesians Paul tells us what this life Jesus gives us looks like, this life we live as those marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit in baptism. We live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us. The whole purpose of life is giving yourself for the other.

Sunday, August 19, 2018: Lectionary 20-Introduction: Proverbs 9:1-6 ,Psalm 34:9-14 ,Ephesians 5:15-20 ,John 6:51-58 ,1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 ,Psalm 111 Wisdom prepares a feast, sets her table, and invites all to come and eat her bread and drink her wine. The first chapter of John’s gospel owes much to the biblical tradition that imagined Wisdom as existing before anything was created and having a role in the work of creation. Christ, the wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24), today invites us to eat his flesh and drink his blood. John’s gospel includes no account of the institution of the Lord’s supper, but here we can't help hearing Jesus’ words as an invitation to the meal of bread and wine we share.

Sunday, August 26, 2018: Lectionary 21-IntroductionJoshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 ,Psalm 34:15-22 ,Ephesians 6:10-20 ,John 6:56-69 ,1 Kings 8:[1, 6, 10-11] 22-30, 41-43,Psalm 84 -In today’s gospel many people take offense at Jesus’ invitation to eat his flesh and drink his blood; even many of Jesus’ disciples peel off. This is the backdrop in John’s gospel for Peter’s confession of faith. “To whom can we go?” asks Peter, in words we sometimes sing just before the gospel is read. “You have the words of eternal life.” In order to take such a stand, as Peter and Joshua did, Paul tells us to arm ourselves with the word of God. We pray in the Spirit that we might be bold ambassadors of the gospel.

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  1. we have coffee, tea, or other beverages to serve, and
  2. when someone signs up to host

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