God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest.
Isaiah 55: 10-13
Matthew 13: 1-9,18-23
Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your word. By your Holy Spirit help us to receive it with joy, live according to it, and grow in faith and hope and love, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen
(The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Scripture shows Jesus associating with the lowly and outcast. Like the Apostle Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. On Sunday we gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” In our worshiping community we gather with each other around God’s Word, and our sacramental meal of bread and wine where we find rest for our souls.)
Zechariah 9: 9-12
Romans 7:15 – 25
Matthew 11: 16-19;25-30
You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen
The welcome of baptism is for all God’s children. This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death. In the gospel reading, Christ promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself. From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission: to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God’s merciful welcome.
“O God, you direct our lives by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world. Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen”
Good Shepherd’s worship service for Sunday, July 2nd will be at 9:30 am, and will be a kid’s friendly worship service. Holy Communion will be celebrated. All ages welcome!
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”
Starting Sunday, June 18, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre will be having one Sunday worship service with Holy Communion starting at 9:30 am. This summer schedule will run through Labor Day Weekend. Come and find relief from our A/C, and God’s grace!
Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1 – 2:4
2 Corinthians 13: 11 – 13
Matthew 28: 16 – 20
“Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
Acts 2:1 – 21
Psalm 104: 24 – 34
1 Corinthians 12: 3 – 13
John 20: 19 – 23
O God, on this day you open the hearts of your faithful people by sending into us your Holy Spirit. Direct us by the light of that Spirit, that we may have a right judgement in all things and rejoice at all times in your peace, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will celebrate Pentecost Sunday with three morning Holy Communion worship services: 8:30 am, 9:45 am, and 11:00 am. During the 11:00 am service two of our youth, who have completed their three years of confirmation instruction, will be confirmed as full members of our church through Affirmation of their Baptism. The 9:45 am service is a casual, kid’s friendly service for all ages. It is a part of our ongoing Family Faith Journey worship series. Come and celebrate youth who are growing in their faith. Wear red to acknowledge the living Spirit of God in our midst. Receive the free gift of the Holy Spirit into your life. All are welcome.