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”

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

Church Picnic

A Church picnic will be held this Sunday, July 30, at Pavilion #3, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. A casual communion service will begin at Noon at the pavilion. The picnic itself will follow at 1:00 pm. The church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, ice and water to drink. You are welcome to bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be fun games for kids of all ages.  Come join in the fun and fellowship that we share as Christ’s body in the world.

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, July 23.

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. The Apostle Paul writes about longing for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God.

Lessons:

Isaiah 44:6-8

Psalm 86:11-17

Romans 8:12-25

Matthew 13: 24-30,36-43

Faithful God, most merciful judge, you care for your children with firmness and compassion. By your Spirit nurture us who live in your kingdom, that we may be rooted in the way of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, July 16

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.

Lessons:

Isaiah 55: 10-13

Psalm 65:1-13

Romans 8:1-11

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

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, July 9th

(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

Psalm 145

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

Scriptural Theme for Sunday Worship, July 2

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.

Lessons:

Jeremiah 28:5-9

Psalm 89:1-4,15-18

Romans 6:12-23

Matthew 10:40-42

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”