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Sun, Nov. 29th, 2020, 02:51 pm
First Sunday of Advent -- sermon audio/service video -- November 29, 2020

Advent 1, year B -- "Stay Awake!"

First Reading:      Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm:                  Psalm 80:1-7
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel Reading:  Mark 13:24-37

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 11.29.2020
  (plus a bonus hymn!)

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.29.2020 service

Today's hymns:
         ReC      92      Hark, the Glad Sound! 
          ReC  116           Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming (verse 1, candle hymn)
        WoV 627      My Lord, What a Morning           
           ReC       96       When He Cometh              
            ReC       99      Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers 

Sat, Nov. 28th, 2020, 01:23 pm
Readings, Announcements for November 29, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


November 29, 2020
. . . .


First Sunday of
ADVENT
First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
Psalm:  Psalm 80:1-7
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 13:24-37

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday
  Advent 1
November 29



  
Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).    

Christmas Tree decorating in the sanctuary
       following the service.
Wednesday          December 2 Hebrews Bible Study  --  7:00 - 8:30 PM, fellowship hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the COVID virus;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, as things again get hot with the virus;
   Judy B, (Immanuel friend), at the death of husband, Clyde;
   Dawn V, preparing for back surgery;

   Donna L, seeking non-surgical back relief; (no surgery last week),   
   Kathy, (Marla's sister), in the hospital in Portland, symptoms of possible TIAs (mini-strokes);
 
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

   Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
   Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:   
       Arlene  (Wayne's wife);
       Wayne R.,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
      
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
      
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
      Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Riley C,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be; esp. Sara & Chris F.;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     -- that Joyce Rhas finally reached her final rest;
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michele B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog-rs --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Rey-olds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

ADVENT
CHRISTMAS TREE decorating will take place after the service on Sunday, Nov. 29th, the first Sunday in ADVENT.  We need decorators and placement supervisors...
We are also seeking people (families, couples, friends, and/or individuals)  to participate in the Lighting of the Advent Candle Litany at the beginning of the services during the 3rd and 4th Sundays of Advent, as well as Christmas Eve service.  A sign up sheet is on the table near the bulletins in the fellowship hall -- please look for it and choose your Sunday.
All readings and prayers are provided; you just provide the voice(s).   Thank you!
THANK YOU also to STAN for bringing an idea I had to fruition this week -- our ADVENT CANDLE DISPLAY will "shine" for all who pass by Living Word this season.
and --
An ADVENT 1  coloring page is attached, for those who have a little extra time to doodle while covid isolating at home.  HOPE is the word of the week!

Habitat for Humanity Festival of the Trees
Decorated trees will be on display downtown in the Smith-Martin (old JC Penney) building Nov. 30 - Dec. 5 for viewing.  The auction takes place Dec. 6.  Call for registration details.  Find more information on the Habitat for Humanity Moses Lake  Facebook Page.


Mutual Conversation Connections
>>Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

Connections Magazine -- New issue is here for Dec., on the fellowship hall table.  Also several back issues. Take one, read it, keep it, return it, or pass it to a friend!
Agnus Day             "Agnus Day appears with  permission of agnusday . org"
   


Attendance last Sunday, 11.22.2020 --  21     Thanksgiving Eve Eve: 11

Fri, Nov. 27th, 2020, 09:35 pm
From Pastor Lou -- Truly #30 -- Soak It In

Soak It In                                                                                                  11.26.2020

   

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not

receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.

Mark 10:15

          This is such an interesting little passage that is simply packed with meaning.  Here in the these verses (Mark 10:13-16), Jesus is receiving little children and blessing them.  The Greek word for child in this passage is the diminutive form , thus Jesus is receiving very young children.  The disciples, as was typical of their time, don't want their master distracted by having to deal with a bunch of little kids.  'He is way too important for that,' after all.  Children in Biblical times were not held in particularly high esteem.  Infant and childhood mortality was high, and one never knew how soon a child might take sick and die, so it was best not to go overboard in investing too much in an individual child.  As in many poor countries today, children could be viewed as a burden and workload --  necessary but in some ways a problem.  Hebrew thought was somewhat better than most pagan societies in that children were considered a blessing and gift from God, but to too many they were also a burden and annoyance.

           The disciples are rebuking people for bringing little children to Jesus, and Jesus became indignant with the disciples, according to the text.  The word for "indignant" is a strong word of anger and being incensed.  Jesus was simply deeply offended at the disciples' action.  His response is an insistence that children be permitted to come to him, and then he adds a moment of important teaching to his saying of truth,  "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it."

           Little children are like sponges.  When they are born, their under-developed brains and sensory organs are tuned in to suck up information and experience so they can grow in miraculous ways.  The eyes of a newborn are only able to focus initially on things that are basically the distance from their mothers' face to their mother's breast.  The first image registered in their brain is, hopefully, their smiling mother.  Their hands will touch and feel everything in range and move whatever they can grasp to their mouth for taste and texture sensory experiences.  Their hearing is tuned to Mama's voice as they listen and begin to develop language and cognitive skills.  Taste and smell (you remember the smells!) are also in full play.  The newborn learns and grows in full passive receptor mode.  Not by their own effort, but by receiving as much sensory data as they can take in from whatever source is present they become who they are meant to be.  They are literally a sensory sponge as they grow and develop.

           Jesus says this is how we receive the kingdom of God.  It comes to us outside of ourselves in word, sacraments, and fellowship.  When we are open to receiving like a little child is a sponge for learning, the kingdom of God comes to us in miraculous ways, and the flow and growth never ceases as we become what He means us to be.  This is what Jesus is saying here -- when it comes to the kingdom of God, be a sponge-like little child -- soak it in and grow and prosper in the blessings of God.

           A powerful insight from the one in whom we have our being.

          Remember Whose we are!

           Pastor Lou

Wed, Nov. 25th, 2020, 01:37 pm
A Service of Thanksgiving -- sermon audio/service video -- Nov. 24, 2020

A Service of Thanksgiving, year A -- "An Attitude of Gratitude"

Opening Reading:  1 John 1:5-10
First Reading:      Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Psalm:                  Psalm 67
Second Reading: 
Philippians 4:6-20
Gospel Reading:  Luke 17:11-19

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 11.24.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.24.2020 service

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns:
ReC    261    Come, You Thankful People, Come
ReC      .35      We Praise You, O God
ReC    189   The NIcene Creed
ReC       50     Now Thank We All Our God
(LBW 557)   Let All Things Now Living

Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2020, 12:47 pm
Christ the King Sunday -- sermon audio/service video -- November 22, 2020

Christ the King, year A -- "The Greatest Triumph"

First Reading:      Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24
Psalm:                  Psalm 95:1-7a
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Gospel Reading:  Mathew 25:31-46

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 11.22.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.22.2020 service

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns:
ReC 22     Crown Him With Many Crowns
ReC     205     Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
                    The King of Glory   (Other Song Book  # 206)  
ReC       26     How Great Thou Art

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2020, 04:27 pm
Readings, Announcements for Nov. 22, 2020


                    Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


Christ the King Sunday

November 22, 2020
First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm:  Psalm 95:1-7a
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 25:31-46

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday November 22



  
Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).    

Sermon
Audio and service video links are posted later in the day at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed at a future time.
Tuesday November 24 A Service of Thanksgiving -- 7:00 PM
Wednesday          November 25 No Bible Study this week
Saturday November 28 Christmas Tree and sanctuary decorating -- to be announced

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the COVID virus;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, as things again get hot with the virus;
   Judy B, (Immanuel friend), at the death of husband, Clyde;
   Donna L, recovering from back surgery, and Dawn V, preparing for back surgery;
   Kathy, (Marla's sister), in the hospital in Portland, symptoms of possible TIAs (mini-strokes);
   
Wayne & Arlene, after a cancer diagnosis for Arlene;
  
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

   Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
   Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:   
       Wayne R.,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
      
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
      
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
      Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Riley C,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be; esp. Sara & Chris F.;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     -- 
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michele B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog-rs --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Rey-olds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Operation Christmas Child
Collection of full boxes is happening now (Nov 16-23), at Lake City Foursquare Church.  Please bring your filled box (or items to put into a box) to the church THIS SUNDAY.   If you would like to deliver yours directly, hours are 10 am to noon and 1 to 4 PM weekdays.  LAST COLLECTION DATE IS MONDAY, Nov. 23.  The Samaritan Purse website (samaritanspurse.org) has gift suggestions, packing instructions, and even links for you to do this all online. I can pick up from your home if you aren't able to make it out or to church this week, but have one ready to go.   (Debbie, 509-750-2486)

Thanksgiving Meal Donations
UPDATE: Paul and Kris Emers-n at Moses Lake Grocrey Outlet were asked to supply Thanksgiving Dinner for 30 at-risk homeless youth, but logistics were a problem.  Through some serendipidous (we don't believe in coincidence!) connections, this need has been filled.  Meals are all paid for via donations to/from the Road Brothers (motorcycle club?), and will be prepared at a local restaurant, thus helping the club, the kids, and a local business as well.
TURKEY DRIVE: A turkey/Thanksgiving Meal drive happening this week, for others in the community in need, via the ML Food Bank. 
You can purchase a "bag" for $10 at ML Grocery Outlet, or donate cash that will be used to purchase these bags (before Saturday the 21st).  More details outlined on the ML Grocery Outlet Facebook page. [ Living Word has donated $500 of our benevolence fund to help with this drive, enough for 50 of the 150 they hope to assemble.]

A Service of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 24 -- Join us for a time of praise and giving thanks to the One from whom all our blessings flow.  7:00 - 8:00, in the sanctuary or online via Facebook Live.

ADVENT
The first Sunday in ADVENT is November 29th.  We are seeking people (families, couples, friends, and/or individuals)  to participate in the Lighting of the Advent Candle Litany at the beginning of the services during the 4 weeks of Advent, as well as Christmas Eve.  A sign up sheet is on the fellowship hall island -- please look for it and choose your Sunday. 
(Nov. 29 is covered.)  All readings and prayers are provided; you just provide the voice(s).
CHRISTMAS TREE decorating will take place after the service on Sunday, Nov. 29th, for our sanctuary tree if you would like to help,  or supervise placement of the decorations.

Habitat for Humanity Festival of the Trees
Decorated trees will be on display downtown in the Smith-Martin (old JC Penney) building Nov. 30 - Dec. 5 for viewing.  The auction takes place Dec. 6.  Call for registration details.  Find more information on the Habitat for Humanity Moses Lake  Facebook Page.


Mutual Conversation Connections
>>Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

Connections Magazine -- New issue is here for Dec., on the fellowship hall table.  Also several back issues. Take one, read it, keep it, return it, or pass it to a friend!
Agnus Day             "Agnus Day appears with  permission of agnusday . org"
 


Attendance last Sunday, 11.15.2020 --  28

Fri, Nov. 20th, 2020, 09:03 am
From Pastor Lou -- Truly 29 -- Helping or Hindering

Helping or Hindering                                                                                                                                                                      11.19.2020

             

For truly, I say to you,

whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ

will by no means lose his reward.

Mark 9:41 

           This promise from Jesus is triggered by the disciple John telling  Jesus that the disciples had seen a man casting out demons in Jesus' name, and they tried to stop him because the demon caster was not in the disciple group ("He was not following us").   Jesus, however, issues a reprimand, saying,  "the one who is not against us is for us." He also says "no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. "

           One of the implications of this passage is that God is at work in the world in ways often beyond our comprehension.  All kinds of heathens and pagans participate in feeding, clothing, and taking care of each other,  generally behaving as well as Christians in many ways in everyday life.  If these efforts do not make Christian life more difficult, they should not be hindered.  In fact, they should be thanked and encouraged, and simply witnessed to that they are actually pleasing to a God they do not know -- "How would you like to know him and the full gamut of blessings he is offering to you?"  So anyone offering even a cup of water  will not lose his reward.  Notice how low the bar is set here for defining a good work.  

           Is there really a reward for doing a good work in the world?  Of course there is.  In the Old Testament, the conclusion to the giving of the laws include a promise to "live long and prosper in the land I will give you."  We all know that when people refrain from stealing, lying, covering, adultery, killing, and defying appropriate authority, life goes more smoothly and pleasantly for everybody.  Likewise, offering a cup of water to a thirsty person makes life better.

           The real problem is stated in the next verse, however.  Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea."  Jesus is really clear.  Help his people-- you don't lose your reward;  hinder his people, scatter his people, give his people pause -- be prepared for the worst.

           There is a call here to discern our actions.  Are we helping or hindering?  There is also the further call to recognize our overwhelming need for a redeemer to ransom us from the penalties we have earned when we have failed to help, or actively hindered his people.

           The world is full of risks, rewards, and penalties, but fortunately Jesus has overcome the penalties of the world -- 

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.                 (Romans 8:38-39)

Thanks be to God for Whose we are!

           Pastor Lou

Wed, Nov. 18th, 2020, 10:54 am
24th Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- Nov. 15, 2020

Pentecost +24, year A -- "Play the Hand You are Dealt"

First Reading:      Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm:                  Psalm 90:1-12
Second Reading: 
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel Reading:  Mathew 25:14-30

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 11.15.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.15.2020 service

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns:
  ReC      247     Come, Thou Almighty King
      ReC  211     Great is Thy Faithfulness           
      ReC  225     Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past        
      ReC    50    Now Thank We All Our God   

Sat, Nov. 14th, 2020, 01:40 pm
Readings, Announcements for November 15, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church



Pentecost +24

November 15, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
in the sancturary and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm:  Psalm 90:1-12
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 25:14-30

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday November 15



 
Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (off camera).    

Sermon
Audio and service video links are posted later in the day at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed at a future time.
Wednesday November 18 Bible study -- Hebrews chpt. 4 --   7:00 - 8:30 PM, fellowship hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
  For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the virus;
   
Tom D, and Dayna, continued recovery after covid infection;
    Kathy, (Marla's sister), in the hospital in Portland, symptoms of possible TIAs (mini-strokes);
   
Wayne & Arlene, after a cancer diagnosis for Arlene and other living transitions coming on soon;
 
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
    Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

  Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
  Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
  Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
`    Friends and Family battling cancer:   
      Wayne R.,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
     
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
      Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
      Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
     
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
     
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
     Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
     Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;       
  Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Riley C,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
  Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
-- and for those who would like to be; esp. Sara & Chris F.;
  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
    -- 
>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Michele B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog-rs --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Rey-olds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Operation Christmas Child
We have boxes, labels, and directions at the church, or you can use your own shoebox, or I can get one to you if you respond to this email. Collection dates are Nov. 16-23, so there is not a lot of time if you would like to particpate in this program.  Lake City Foursquare Church is again a collection point for the Operation Christmas Child boxes,   The Samaritan Purse website (samaritanspurse.org) has gift suggestions, packing instructions, and even links for you to do this all online.  Bring your packed shoebox back to Living Word Sunday, Nov. 15 or Nov. 22, or Wednesday Nov. 18 during Bible study, and I will get them to Lake City Church on the 23rd -- or you can deliver it directly to Lake City Church on one of the pick-up dates, 10 am to noon and 1 to 4 PM Nov. 16-23.        --Debbie

Seeking Donations, Volunteers for Thanksgiving Meals
Paul and Kris Emers-n at Moses Lake Grocrey Outlet have been asked to supply Thanksgiving Dinner for 30 at risk youth, between the ages of 17 and 24, experiencing homelessness, some living in tents.  The trick to this request is that the food must be pre-made and packaged into individual containers due to COVID.  Turkeys will be donated by MLGO, but help is needed with the rest of the meal and packaging.  If you can help it would be greatly appreciated.  A list of needed items and, if needed, links to where they can be purchased for donation will be posted (not available yet). You can purchase and donate at the store or you can make a cash donation through the MLGO Paypal account and your donations will be used to purchase items.  Also seeking volunteers to help cook and package meals on November 24, 2020 (They are in the process of finding a commercial kitchen for meal prep). Please let Kris know if you can help, (phone available on request)

A Service of Thanksgiving
Tuesday, November 24 -- Join us for a time of praise and giving thanks to the One from whom all our blessings flow.  7:00 - 8:00, in the sanctuary or online at Facebook Live.

ADVENT
The first Sunday in ADVENT is November 29th.  We are seeking people (families, couples, friends, and/or individuals)  to participate in the Lighting of the Advent Candle Litany at the beginning of the services during the 4 weeks of Advent, as well as Christmas Eve.  A sign up sheet is on the fellowship hall island -- please look for it and choose your Sunday.  All readings and prayers are provided; you just provide the voice(s).

Mutual Conversation Connections
>>Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

Connections Magazine -- New issue is here for Dec., on the fellowship hall table.  Also several back issues. Take one, read it, keep it, return it, or pass it to a friend!
Agnus Day             "Agnus Day appears with  permission of agnusday . org"


Attendance last Sunday, 11.08.2020 --  no count

Fri, Nov. 13th, 2020, 09:39 pm
From Pastor Lou -- Truly #28 -- The Kingdom is Yours

The Kingdom is Yours                                                                                                                                                                            11.12.2020

         

And he said to them,

"Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death

until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power."

Mark 9:1 

           This statement of Jesus has created a lot of problems for his followers down through the years.  At first hearing, a sinner like you or me tends to think in terms of power from a human viewpoint -- when people, institutions, nations, and the whole globe will bend the knee in submission to a clearly all-powerful returning Jesus.  So fallen man thinks scripture has misled here, because everyone who heard this statement died over 2000 years ago, and Jesus has still not returned in power as we understand power.  We need to rethink the notions of power and the kingdom of God.

           This statement occurs smack dab in the middle between Jesus' first passion prediction and the transfiguration.  In the passion prediction,  Jesus predicts his own horrible betrayal and crucifixion to come.  This prediction is sharply denied and rebuked by Peter, who earns a counter-rebuke from Jesus, "Get behind me, Satan." Jesus then calls the crowds to an odd way of following, "Take up your cross and follow me."  The kingdom of God is clearly about some other kind of power.  To lose one's life for Jesus' sake is to gain one's life.  The people had to have been very confused.

           Jesus then makes the "Truly statement," and we have remained in confusion since.  When does this kingdom of God come with power?  Several possibilities come to mind.  The crucifixion -- when graves are opened, people leave the tombs, and the Temple curtain is torn top-to-bottom.  The resurrection -- when Jesus is raised from the dead and interacts with his followers in amazing ways.  Pentecost -- when the power of the Holy Spirit is unleashed and the word is spread into the whole world, creating believers where and when He chooses. The Parousia (second coming) -- when Jesus returns and every knee will bend and tongue confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.  Or perhaps the Transfiguration -- when Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, and John on the mountaintop, a voice from the cloud thunders, "This is my beloved Son, listen to him," and Peter, James, and John pass out cold from the power of it all.

           Given that Jesus says "some will not see death," and only "some" (Peter, James, and John) witnessed the Transfiguration;  given also the fact that the Transfiguration immediately follows this "truly" promise in the Gospel of Mark;  given that the power of God knocks mortal men off their feet at the Transfiguration; and given that the kingdom of God is a matter of the heart and confession and not simply a matter of numbers and might;  the best answer in view is that Jesus is referring to the Transfiguration.  In Jesus, the kingdom of God has already arrived.  For those chosen three disciples, the power of the kingdom was demonstrated on that mountaintop.

           The kingdom of God has already arrived, we are already claimed by Him, His power has been demonstrated in you already.  There is really only one set of question left to ponder -- When did that overriding reality become clear to you?  When did His kingdom become yours?  When did you become His?

           Remember Whose you are!

           Pastor Lou

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