Scriptural Theme for Sunday August 20

In gathering as a worshipping community around God’s Word and Christ’s meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

Scripture readings: Isaiah 56:1,6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2,29-32; Matthew 15: 10-28

“God of all peoples, your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you. Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy, that your name may be known throughout the earth, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”

Engaging Scripture for Today

Jesus disciples got into a boat, and while traveling across the Sea of Galilee a storm arose, and the disciples became afraid. They saw Jesus waking towards them on the water and he calls to them to “come”. Peter gets out of the boat and sinks, but Jesus grabs ahold of him and saves him.

Read Matthew 14: 22-33,

What faith did it take for Peter to step out of the boat? Why does he then begin to doubt?

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship August 13

Amid storms of life, we gather this sunday to seek the calm presence of Christ that soothes our fears. The gospel lesson is from Matthew 14:22-33.  Matthew typically portrays Jesus’ disciples as people of “little faith” who fail despite their best intentions. In sunday story Jesus comes to the disciples when they are in trouble and sustains them in their time of fear and doubt.

Worship service starts at 9:45 am at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. This will be a casual, kids-friendly worship for all ages.

“O God our defender, storms rage around and within us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us in the faith of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.” Amen

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, August 6

We hear Jesus feeding the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God. Around the eucharistic table of bread and wine we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today. As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.

Scripture readings: Isaiah 55:1-5, Psalm 145:8-9, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21

Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance. Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, July 30

In today’s gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first.

Lessons:

I Kings 3:5-12

Psalm 119:129-136

Romans 8:26-39

Matthew 13: 31-33,44-52

Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen