The Prophet Jeremiah knew the frustration of having his words rejected. Jesus declares that his words may not bring peace, but division. In baptism we are buried with Christ that we may walk in newness of life. As we take stands for the sake of justice and lose our lives for the sake of others, we need not be afraid. The hairs of our head are counted. In baptism we are marked with the cross of Christ forever.
Jeremiah 20: 7 – 13
Psalm 69: 7 – 18
Romans 6:1 – 11
Matthew 10: 24 – 39
“Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek the rest, to labor and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”
In our scripture readings: Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world.
Exodus 19: 2 – 8
Romans 5: 1 – 8
Matthew 9:35 – 10:23
“God of Compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour out your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”
Vacation Bible School will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, June 19 – 23, 9:00 am to Noon. This year’s theme is: God’s Promise – Where Kids Trust in the Word. Kids 3 years through 6th grade are welcome to participate in this ministry program of interactive learning through music, drama, crafts, and games. Register online vbs.goodshepherdwb.org or call 570-824-2991