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Sundays in June 2018

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

Sunday, June 3, 2018: Lectionary 9-Deuteronomy 5:12-15, Psalm 81:1-10, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23--3:6, 1 Samuel 3:1-10 [11-20], Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Deuteronomy makes clear that sabbath-keeping is meant for the welfare of all. God delivered the Israelites out of slavery, so they should not ever work anyone else seven days a week. Even slaves should be able to rest; even resident aliens. Yet human beings can turn even the most liberating religious practice into a life-destroying rule. Jesus does not reject sabbath-keeping, but defends its original life-enhancing meaning. Our worship and our religious way of life are to lead to the hungry being fed and the sick being healed.

Sunday, June 10, 2018: Lectionary 10-Genesis 3:8-15, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 4:13--5:1, Mark 3:20-35, 1 Samuel 8:4-11 [12-15] 16-20 [11:14-15], Psalm 138 A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

Sunday, June 17, 2018: Lectionary 11-Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17, Mark 4:26-34, 1 Samuel 15:34--16:13, Psalm 20 The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

Sunday, June 24, 2018: Lectionary 12-Job 38:1-11, Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13, Mark 4:35-41, 1 Samuel 17:[1a, 4-11, 19-23] 32-49, 1 Samuel 17:57--18:5, 10-16, Psalm 9:9-20, Psalm 133 Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

 From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2015 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

 

 

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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