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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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Sunday Fellowship

All are welcome to stay following our Sunday worship to enjoy a beverage and refreshments. We can only offer this, however, when

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

Please consider helping with supplying coffee, tea or other beverages. Just bring it to church with you or make a donation to that purpose. The host for that Sunday will gladly accept your donation.

Thank you for your generosity as we live lives of service to our neighbor.

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