Worship Theme for Sunday, September 10

Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Matthew are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and the Apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the early church in Rome that love is the fulfillment of the law. In worship we gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

Lessons for the day: Ezekiel 33:7-11, Psalm 119:33-40, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

“O Lord God, enliven and preserve your church with your perpetual mercy. Without your help, we mortals will fail; remove far from us everything that is harmful, and lead us toward all that gives life and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”

Rally Day – September 10th

Good Shepherd’s Faith Formation Ministry Team is sponsoring “Rally Day” at the church this coming Sunday starting at 9:45 am. All youth and their families are invited to attend this kick-off event for this year’s Family Faith Journey, our church’s Sunday School program. Special events include a Bible Maze and “Pie Guy”.

Engaging Scripture Today

In response to God’s mercy, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoint are not molded by this age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

Read Romans 12:1-8,

What are the best methods for helping people discover and cultivate their spiritual gifts?

Engaging Scripture Today

The Apostle Paul continually preached that God has not abandoned his people. Rather, the call and gifts of God are unchangeable, so that while all have been disobedient, God has mercy upon all.

Read Romans 11: 1-2, 29-32,

What does it mean for God to imprison us in disobedience? How do we find freedom?