Scriptural Theme for Sunday, June 25

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”

Engaging Scripture for Today

(In the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the early church community in Rome he writes that they are no longer God’s enemies but have peace with God, because they were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death. Likewise, for us today, a tested character has been forged for us which empowers endurance in the midst of suffering and hope for final salvation.)

Read Romans 5: 1 – 8,

How can you encourage those who are suffering for find meaning in their experience?

Scripture Readings for Sunday, June 18

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

Psalm 100

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

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 or call 570-824-2991

Engaging Scripture for Today

The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts, because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good. In the following passage, the Apostle Paul lists spiritual gifts he is aware of.

Read 1 Corinthians 12 : 3 – 13,

What spiritual gifts have  you encountered?