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the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- August 2, 2020

Pentecost +9, year A -- "A Banquet of Abundance"

Isaiah 55:1-5            First Reading
Psalm 136:1-9 (23-26)        Psalm
Romans 9:1-13        Second Reading
Matthew 14:13-21    Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 8.02.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 7.26.2020
Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns:
Rec      44    Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
ReC      85   Break Thou the Bread of Life (+ v. 3-4 printed on back)
WoV  766     We Come to the Hungry Feast
ReC  190     Blessed Assurance

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Readings, Announcements for August 1, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church              

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Pentecost +10
August 2, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
 
also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5
Psalm:  Psalm 136:1-9 (23-26)
Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5 (6-13)
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 14:13-21

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday   August 2

  
Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with the Lord's Supper offered WEEKLY
       
following the LIVE broadcast.       Facebook Live:  9:00 AM
August 2-7 Pastor Lou and Debbie attending annual continuing ed event at Flathead Lake, MT

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
     Glen E.,
under treatment for dangerously high blood pressure;
      Dawn V, for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
     
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
       Mary, healing a broken wrist after a fall (at Hearthstone);
      
Michele B., still experiencing SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
      Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
 
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
         Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and 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), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Dawn V., Evie E., 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-sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellestad, Scott Neustel, Jeff Warner, David Huey, Anandae Clark; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putn-m (and Brenna Mo-s);
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Rachal & Jonathan P.; Caleb & Lexi H.;
             -- and for those who would like to be;

   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putn-m) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --   Congratulations to Scott and Judene, Ellensburg house is sold & ready to buy in Moses Lake;
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R-gers --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R-ynolds (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.

Pastor Lou on Vacation/Continuing Ed Next Week
The annual continuing ed event at Trinity Camp, Flathead Lake, MT is Aug. 2-7.  Pastor Lou and Debbie will depart following the service on August 2, and Rev. Tim Tucker (retired) will conduct the services on August 9 and August 16 while Pastor Lou self-quarantines after returning home on Friday, as a matter of caution.  

MOSES LAKE SKILL SOURCE
We have been contacted and asked to pass this information on to our people:
    If you (or someone you know)
has lost your job and/or is looking for a new career, SkillSource can help.  Education, planning, and counseling, with most services available at no cost to you.  Located in Moses Lake and Othello.  A flyer is posted on the bulletin board over the offering box, or check them out online  -- www.skillsource.org &/or look for them on Facebook.  766-6300, 309 E. 5th Ave, Moses Lake.

**Scam Alert**
If you ever receive a message or email from "the pastor" asking for a discreet private reply or that gift cards be sent, please know that these are not coming from your pastor!  DO NOT RESPOND to such an email even if the email address looks legitimate when you first see it -- it could install malware on your computer. This is called phishing.  Be careful so you don't get caught!
Mutual Conversation Connections
    * Charlene Br-ndt -- Keeping safe at home with her Boston terrier, Benji, Charlene is one of our best prayer warriors.  If you or someone you love is on our prayer list, Charlene is praying for you or them, and many others!   She also regularly looks in on a few friends stuck at home or living in adult care homes in  town (visits now limited by the virus restrictions) and sends out many cards for birthdays and anniversaries and other holidays.  She still lives in the home she and husband Jim built when they came to Moses Lake from Iowa decades ago, and with good neighbors looking in on her and delivering groceris, she is "blessed."  She and Jim (who joined their infant daughter in heaven 3 years ago after a battle with sarcoma) have 4 grown daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great-granddaughters.  Charlene says "I survive by all my happy memories -- the good times."  When asked how she is doing these days, she quoted her mother -- "Able to kick, but not too high!"  and looking forward to coming back to church sometime soon.
  * Ken & Karen En-s came to our area from Bothell, where Karen worked in the church office for 17 years and Ken was an engineer
(roads, water, etc)They enjoy golfing with friends, and have mostly stayed within the bouds of their neighborhood around the Warden Golf Course this spring/summer, going "from one neighbor to the next."   Sort of like an extended family group.  Ken now wears his engineer hat as the watermaster/operator for their local water district there in the deveolpment.   They have a daughter and a son, and 4 grandchildren aged 18 months to 15 years old.  This week Karen was teaching their 9-yr-old granddaugher to sew, making a small quilt together, and she regularly checks in with her 95-yr old aunt.  They are ready for life to return to normal but seem to be
keeping a good attitude about it all --  "This too shall pass."  

    * Gordon Ellest-d --
Gordon is Evie's brother-in-law and Tom's uncle.  With a good number of family in town or fairly close by, it has been a bit of a frustrating time for Gordon, as Brookdale-Hearthstone has had to keep the virus out by keeping visitors out.  Fortunaely Wendy works there as cook (I am unsure of their exact relationship, cousin perhaps?) and he has his phone and is able to connect that way.  Before the virus came to town, Gordon was a regular on Sundays and at the Wednesday Bible study.   He and his wife Margie enjoyed over 69 years of marriage, starting out farming in Minnesota where they met, and later moving to the Basin.   Hunting, camping, and fishing were some favorite things to do together, and wintering in Arizona.  They had 3 children  and 4 grandchildren, and Gordon now also has one great-granddaughter.    After a long battle with Parkinson's disease, Margie joined their 3 children and 2 of their grandchildren in heaven in 2018.   He has faced some harships in this life but Gordon's faith is unwavering.  (Gordon's phone number has changed from what is printed in the member directory -- if you need an update, contact Pastor Lou.) 
>> If you have some news or insights to share on what you have been doing since we last saw you in person, we are interested!  Just call or reply to this email... or I will hunt you down    --Debbie

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Attendance last Sunday, 7.26.2020 --  22
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From Pastor Lou -- Truly, truly #14 -- He IS

He IS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7.30.2020

I AM  

  

“Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

John 8:58

What do we have here?

           This saying of Jesus comes in the second to the last verse of chapter 8 of John's gospel.  The last verse (v. 59) says "so they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple." The entire chapter has been one long confrontation between the Jewish leaders and Jesus in which the leaders attempt to understand just what kind of teacher Jesus is.

           The chapter opens with the Scribes and Pharisees bringing Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery in order to test and see if he would apply the appropriate  scriptural punishment to her.   Under Rabbinic law, she would be stoned.  But Jesus, in his own way, directs to a higher purpose -- "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her," and the crowd disperses

           The confrontation continues with the Pharisees questioning his statements, finally asking in verse 25, "Who are you?"   Jesus answers this in a way that is unclear to the Pharisees, because he seems to be implying some sort of special relationship to the Father.  To the ears of the Pharisees, this is getting close to blasphemy.  They press further.  Truth and freedom are at stake in the discussion.  Father Abraham is cited and the questions are framed by the Pharisees, who is the faithful one here?  Who is the blasphemer?  They accuse Jesus of having a demon or being a Samaritan (v. 48).   Jesus ups the ante with "Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."  Now the unbelief really comes out front and center.  The Jews cite that even Abraham died, to which Jesus responds, "Your Father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day.  He saw it and was glad." This is too much for the Jews -- "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?" (v. 57).

           The hammer falls in verse 58:  "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am." This statement is simple and it is clear.  One's response is either to bend the knee and bow the head before the Lord of the Universe, or pick up stones to throw to immediately kill this blaspheming, lying, fake Rabbi.  This is the choice the Pharisees had, and we too ...

           This oath from Jesus leaves no middle ground.  Only God himself refers to himself as "I am."  In the Greek this is  ego eimi (ego eimi),  "I, even I am."  No mistaking this.  When Moses asks God who it is that he should say sent him (Moses) to rescue the Israelites from Egypt, God responds "JHWH" in the Hebrew.  It can mean I am, I was, I will be.  Time does not enter into the equation.  This is translated ego eimi -- "I, even I am" in the Greek version of the Old Testament, the Septuagint.  It is such a holy name that, to this day, no devout Jew will speak that divine name for fear of being accused of taking the Lord's name in vain.

           Jesus does not say "before Abraham was, I was."  He is not a reappearance of someone who knew Abraham when Abraham walked the earth.  There is no reincarnation here.  Jesus uses the divine name.  He is the eternal one, the one "who was, who is, and is to come." This is how God identifies himself in Revelation 1:8.

           What do we have?  We have Jesus saying "I am." From our perspective, "he is."  There is no getting around this fact.  Jesus is -- forever, always, eternally.  We can try "whistling through the graveyard," pretending he does not exist, he doesn't matter, he doesn't care, he is unimportant; but in the depth of our being, we know he is.  His presence and his reality looms behind, ahead, and with us forever.  I am so glad "he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love."  (Psalm 145:8)

           Everything is nothing otherwise.

     Remember Whose you are --

          

           Pastor Lou

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- July 26, 2020

Pentecost +8, year A -- "An Obsession"

Deuteronomy 7:6-9  First Reading
Psalm 125                Psalm
Romans 8:28-39      Second Reading
Matthew 13:44-52    Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 7.26.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 7.26.2020

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

Today's hymns:
ReClaim      40       Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
ReClaim  176        Jesus, Lord and Precious Savior  (tune ReC # 188)
With One Voice  635    Surely It Is God Who Saves Me  (tune WoV# 697)
ReClaim  258         Jesus Loves Me!

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Readings, Announcements for July 26, 2020

        Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church                

God for us Romans 8


Pentecost +8
July 26, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Deuteronomy 7:6-9
Psalm:  Psalm 125
Second Reading: Romans 8:28-39
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 13:44-52

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Saturday July 25 Grace H*chstatter & Austyn Kag*le to be married
Sunday July 26

Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with the Lord's Supper following the LIVE broadcast.
      
Facebook Live:  9:00 AM

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
     For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
     Glen E.,
under treatment for dangerously high blood pressure;
     Dawn V, at the sudden death of her brother, soon following the death of a good friend, Dr. Irwin;
                and for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
    
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
       Mary, healing a broken wrist after a fall (at Hearthstone);
      
Michele B., still experiencing SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
     Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
    
the Neust-l Family, that their Ellensburg house finds a buyer soon and a new one is found in/near Moses Lake;
    
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:       
       Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
        Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

        Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and 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 Sch-fer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;       
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Dawn V., Evie E., 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 Pink-rton, Riley Con-han, Olaf Mo-re, Brady Em-rson,
             Jordan Matth-ws, Luke Stov-r,  Logan H-sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H, Anandae C; 
  Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putn-m (and Brenna Moss);
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Rachal & Jonathan P.; Caleb & Lexi H.;
             -- and for those who would like to be;

  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
    --   Congratulations to Ron & Nancy H.,a new granddaughter (Madison Susan) born July 16 to Kevin and Casey;
>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Patty Fode (Wenatchee) -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rogers --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

In the Community
Paul and Kris Emerson and ML Grocery Outlet have been working this summer to help fight hunger in the community with the Independence from Hunger annual drive.  The local project is called Care Sacks
(learn more about it here), that are distributed by Serve Moses Lake and the Food Bank.   Living Word congregation has donated $200 to this from our beneolence fund.  If you also would be interested in contributing to this project, donations may be made directly to Serve ML, or to Grocery Outlet through the end of July.   Individual donors of $5 or more will receive  $5 off a future purchase of $25 or more at Grocery Outlet.   Volunteers are also welcome to help make the sack lunches, (5 PM every Tuesday evening at Youth Dynamics downtown).

MOSES LAKE SKILL SOURCE
We have been contacted and asked to pass this information on to our people:
   If you (or someone you know)
has lost your job and/or is looking for a new career, SkillSource can help.  Education, planning, and counseling, with most services available at no cost to you.  Located in Moses Lake and Othello.  A flyer is posted on the bulletin board over the offering box, or check them out online  -- www.skillsource.org &/or look for them on Facebook.  766-6300, 309 E. 5th Ave, Moses Lake.

**Scam Alert**
At least 3 members have now received an email from "the pastor" this month, asking for a discreet private reply, or that gift cards be sent.  These are not coming from your pastor!  DO NOT RESPOND to such an email even if the email address looks legitimate when you first see it -- it could install malware on your computer. Similar "church email scams" are happening all across the country, asking for money or gift cards for a certain private project.  This is called phishing.  Pastor Lou would not send such an email (he very rarely sends ANY emails himself!)   Please be careful so you don't get caught!
Mutual Conversation Connections
I thought I might try to share a few member updates in the coming weeks here to try to keep us connected:
     * the Pinkert-n Family -- It's possible that not everyone knows that Rachel and Jonathan are expecting baby #4 in August.  Jonathan will complete his training program in August also, so Rachal and the girls  (Jael and Abby) will be driving with a friend to Oklahoma next week to be near Jonathan.  Rachal hopes to attend his graduation if it is possible, and also plans to have the baby there (due Aug. 23).  They are not sure if it's a girl or a boy, but Daniel and Jael have already named "her" Esther.  Daniel has been spending the summer visiting his grandparents in Pennsylvania.  We may get to see at least some of the family for a bit in October before they make a permanent move to finally reunite as a family, most likely in Oklahoma, where Jonathan will continue his career as an air defense battle management system operator (14G) in the US Army.
Jonathan tries to use his music talents wherever he can, of course!
     the Con-han Family --
"Just say we're fine!"   Ellene has continued to work/be on call all spring and summer as a PACU RN (post aesthesia care unit) surgery recovery nurse at Samaritan Hospital.  She keeps busy at home with "hay and pipes," ever mindful that holding an irrigation pipe during a lightening storm can get you knocked off your feet ...as happened to her once just before her high school graduation, and earned her the nickname "Sparky" for a time!  Mike was/is also classified as an "essential worker" at his job as a driver for Simplot so he's been working throughout the virus phases.  Chance has been able to play some baseball this spring, although not as much as during a normal year, so they have traveled to some out-of-town games.  Chance will be a senior at Warden HS, along with year 2 of Running Start.   Ellie has "probably one more year"at Boise State before starting dental school.   Her visits home have been somewhat limited by the virus restrictions.   Riley completed training and graduated from the Spokane Firefighter Academy in December and has been working in Cheney, while also being in the USMC reserves; he has considered a return to active military.  Ellene hopes the family might get to see the Grand Canyon on the way to/from a family wedding this fall.  Ellene is the daughter of Gordon Huesby (a retired Lutheran pastor) who has filled in the preaching role for us on occasion when Pastor Lou is away;  he and Lois are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today, July 24.   
    *  Ed and Kitty Nels-n -- "We are together!'' (--Kitty)         Married for 72 years  on August 8, it is a rare day that you see one of these two without the other.   They have been spending their pandemic time mostly at home;  Ed has figured out how to order groceries online and picks them up a few times each month without even needing to leave the car.   One of their 3 children, daughter Debbie (and husband Gary Chandler) live next door, and granddaughter Lisa (UPS Store owners) and family are next door to them, so they have help when/if needed.  Their son and another daughter also live in Washington -- and  7 grandchildren and "16 or 17" great grandchildren!  Ed and Kitty have   missed regularly attending church and chatting after;  they do watch the Facebook recording of the Live broadcasts, and wanted to say 'hi' to everyone. 

>> If you have some news or insights to share on what you have been doing since we last saw you in person, we are interested!  Just call or reply to this email... or I will hunt you down    --Debbie


Returning to In-Person Services
- Make sure your temperature is under 100.4, as taken at home;  - Please wear a face mask (there are some available at the church if you do not have one), unless a health condition prevents; - Please be seated in family groups/households, leaving 3 empty chairs between groups.  - Please use waste baskets for tissues, try to maintain a 6 ft distance other than for a very brief time period (passing, etc.), and take advantage of the sanitizer, wipes, soap and water which are available ...

>>Singing During the Service

Because singing indoors is possibly a higher risk activity for viral spreading, if you are not able to wear a mask we ask that you do not sing along with the liturgy or hymns.  This is the unfortunate trade-off we are making for the safety of our more vulnerable members, to help them and their families feel more comfortable with them attending our Sunday service.


Weekly Worship and Communion Schedule
Holy Communion is being offered weekly at each Sunday service as we work our way back into more regular member attendance.  Service of the Word will continue to be live-broadcast for those who choose not to attend in-person quite yet, with the broadcast ending prior to the start of the Service of the Sacrament.  You can also request communion during a home visit, or at the church after the service after others have left the building on Sunday morning, or another time that can be arranged.


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Attendance last Sunday, 7.19.2020 --  21
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, truly #13 -- Kept in the Word

Kept in the Word                                                                                                                                                                                7.23.2020

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Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."

John 8:51

              Here we go again. With this statement Jesus makes another promise which is simply incomprehensible to his Jewish audience. Indeed, it is incomprehensible to everyone who is not a believer in Jesus. Everyone, Jew or pagan, ancient or modern, knows that everyone eventually dies. "The death rate for humans remains 100%"... "The only sure things in life are death and taxes." We hear these statements today and chuckle to ourselves at the truthfulness of what is being said. Is it any wonder Jesus' Jewish audience immediately responded with coarse skepticism?

              The Jews commented that Jesus must be possessed by a demon because even the very best of all the Jews, Abraham -- the person who all Jews claimed descent from; the one who was more faithful to God than any other; the one who offered his son Isaac in sacrifice to God; the one to whom God chose to give the land;  the one God chose to be the father of many nations; the one God blessed with land, livestock, and descendants more numerous than the stars in the skies or the sands of the seashores --  even Abraham, died and was buried in the cave at Machpelah in Hebron.  The tomb can be seen to this day.  It is a holy site to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

              If Abraham died, how dare this upshot rabbi from Nazareth make the claim that anyone who keeps his word will never see death?  That is the promise made in this verse.  The promise is stated in the starkest of terms.  Amen, Amen -- the double "truly" from the original Hebrew -- as close to an oath from Jesus as we are going to hear.  The double Amen followed by a double negation, ou may in the Greek.  This is used when something will "never ever no way" happen.  Jesus states unequivocally those who keep his word will never ever, no way see death.

              So what do we do with this?  We all know we will all see death (unless Jesus returns first, which is a whole 'nother issue!)   The meaning of death here gives us some room to understand.  This word, thanotos in Greek, can have at least four usages.  The first is physical -- the death of the body, the end of life in the body, the end of life on the earth.  We know what this is.

              The second meaning is a metaphorical sense that is used when a person's life is so empty, so meaningless, so painful that there seems to be no aspect of living left in the person.  This "death" is never true for a Christian, as there is always meaning and value in the life of one of God's precious sheep. 

              The third meaning is often connected to the miserable state of existence that those who go to hell will experience.  This is the eternal death that none of us ever want to experience any part of. 

              In the very widest sense, thanotos is made up of everything said above, from physical death to all the miseries arising from sin and the loss of a consecrated life in fellowship and blessing with God, both now and forever.

              Yes, we will all experience physical death.  Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob all died.  But all who hear and, by his power and promise, keep His word are held in his arms and will never experience the abandonment, desperation, and total loss of the dead soul who  knows not Christ.  In Matthew 10:28, Jesus said,   "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." This is what Jesus has in view here.  Do not fear physical death.   Eternal death cannot touch those who Jesus keeps in his word.

    Another reason to always remember Whose you are --

         

          Pastor Lou

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- July 19, 2020

Pentecost +7, year A -- "The Enemy Sows, too"

Isaiah 44:6-8        First Reading
Psalm 119:57-64  Psalm
Romans 8:18-27 Second Reading
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43  Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 7.19.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 7.19.2020
Still having some trouble with the data signal kicking out -- sorry!  Almost made it through this week;
final hymn and benediction are below.


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

Today's hymns:
ReClaim  261     Come, You Thankful People, Come
ReClaim  192     My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
ReClaim  211      Great Is Thy Faithfulness
ReClaim  183      Cleansed and Forgiven (below)

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Readings, Announcements for July 19, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
weeds


Pentecost +7
July 19, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm:  Psalm 119:57-64
Second Reading: Romans 8:18-27
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Links to the audio recordings and LIVE video
of the Sunday Sermons & Readings
are posted at the LW Announcements blog page:

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday July 19 Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with the Lord's Supper following the LIVE broadcast.
      
Facebook Live:  9:00 AM

 
Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
     Glen E.,
under treatment for dangerously high blood pressure;
  Dawn V, at the sudden death of her brother, soon following the death of a good friend, Dr. Irwin;
                and for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
 
Judy Reed,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
       Mary, healing a broken wrist after a fall (at Hearthstone);
      
Michele B., still experiencing SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
  Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
 
the Neustel Family, that their Ellensburg house finds a buyer soon and a new one is found in/near Moses Lake;
    
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
Friends and Family battling cancer:       
    Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
     Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

     Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and medical trials;
     Toni Smith (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), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;    
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Dawn V., Evie E., 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 Pinkerton, Riley Conahan, Olaf Moore, Brady Emerson,
             Jordan Matthews, Luke Stover,  Logan Hesse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellestad, Scott Neustel, Jeff Warner, David Huey, Anandae Clark; 
Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Rachal & Jonathan P.; Caleb & Lexi H.;
             -- and for those who would like to be;

Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
  --   Congratulations to Ron & Nancy H.,a new granddaughter (Madison Susan) born July 16 to Kevin and Casey;
>>> Continued prayers for:
            -- Patty Fode (Wenatchee) -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rogers --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

In the Community
Paul and Kris Emerson and ML Grocery Outlet have been working this summer to help fight hunger in the community with the Independence from Hunger annual drive.  One local project is called Care Sacks
(learn more about it here), that get distributed by Serve Moses Lake and the Food Bank.   If you would be interested in contributing to this project, donations may be made directly to Serve ML, or through Grocery Outlet.   Volunteers are also welcome to help make the sack lunches, (5 PM Tuesday evenings at Youth Dynamics downtown).

MOSES LAKE SKILL SOURCE
We have been contacted and asked to pass this information on to our people:
If you (or someone you know)
has lost your job and/or is looking for a new career, SkillSource can help.  Education, planning, and counseling, with most services available at no cost to you.  Located in Moses Lake and Othello.  A flyer is posted on the bulletin board over the offering box, or check them out online  -- www.skillsource.org &/or look for them on Facebook.  766-6300, 309 E. 5th Ave, Moses Lake.

Mutual Conversation Connections
      One of the 5 means of grace (other than preaching, baptism, communion, & absolution) is the "mutual consolation and coversation of the saints."  Which can be somewhat difficult to do during these times of "distancing" and online worship when we aren't together regularly.  So I thought I might try to share a few member updates in the coming weeks here or there to try to keep us connected:
     * Ron and Nancy Hanson have sold their house in ML and are moving to East Wenatchee to be closer to son Kevin's growing family -- new granddaughter Madison was just born Thursday, July 16!  We will have a new mailing address for them as soon as they close on the new house, which is almost finished ... they are keeping cozy living in their RV until then!
     * Grethe Odegaard told me that she is here because of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 ... Her mother, a pharmacist almost finished with her training, was sent to the valley up north of Lillehammer, Norway, when the flu arrived, because they needed more pharmacists up there.  That was where her father lived and how they met.  It is highly unlikely they would have met any other way.  So something good came out of that pandemic!  Grethe said she is doing well these past 4 months, gets together with Tulla and a couple of friends or family once in a while,  but she misses coming to church.
     * Wayne Lawson and his wife Arlene celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary on July 9th.  Wayne is always ready to invite his neighbors in Peninsula Estates to come to church, especially if he finds out they used to attend church but have not lately.  He gets out to the grocery store  and has been to Sunday service at church several times since we resumed the in-person services.

>> If you have some news or insights to share on what you have been doing since we last saw you in person, we are interested!  Just call or reply to this email... or I will hunt you down    --Debbie


Returning to In-Person Services
What to do before attending, what to expect when you arrive --

- Take your temperature at home -- if it is over 100.4, please to not attend the service.
- Please bring a face mask if you have one;  there are some available at the church if you do not have one, or forget yours.  Masks are to be worn while inside the building by all over age 5 unless a health condition prevents you from wearing one (ie breathing difficulties, physical difficulty removing if needed).
- Use the parking lot doors.  Please be seated in family groups/households, leaving 3 empty chairs between groups.
- Please try to maintain a 6 ft distance in the fellowship hall other than for a very brief time period (passing, etc.)
- Please use the waste baskets for papers and tissues; take advantage of the sanitizer, wipes, soap and water which are available ...


>>Singing During the Service

Because singing indoors is possibly a higher risk activity for viral spreading, if you are not able to wear a mask we ask that you do not sing along with the liturgy or hymns.  This is the unfortunate trade-off we are making for the safety of our more vulnerable members, to help them and their families feel more comfortable with them attending our Sunday service.


Weekly Worship and Communion Schedule
Holy Communion will be offered weekly at each Sunday service as we work our way back into more regular attendance by all members who are able.  Service of the Word will continue to be live-broadcast for those who choose not to attend in-person quite yet, with the broadcast ending prior to the start of the Service of the Sacrament.  You can also request communion during a home visit, or at the church after the service after  others have left the building.


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From Pastor Lou: Truly Truly #12 -- Forgiven and Free

Forgiven and Free                                                                                                                                                                                              7.12.2020

                        chain broken fly away free

 
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin.

John 8:34 

              Jesus began this section of John's gospel with the words "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."   Hearing this, the people (in all honesty nearly everyone hearing this for the first time) are indignant -- "We have never been slaves to anyone,"  or in our time, "Who are you kidding, we clearly have free will."  But Jesus will have none of it.  Neither should we.
                We have a lot of talk about "making good choices" and "exercising your mind to do the right thing."  All well and good,  in the proper context.  I can make a large number of choices -- what to eat, what to wear, who to hang out with, how to vote, what job to pursue;  the list goes on and on --  but Jesus is talking about a much deeper reality.  Yes, we make choices and more often than not, our "choices" are influenced by factors beyond our control.  Choose all I want, but  I could never play basketball like LeBron James.  Choose all I want, but I cannot keep from vomiting when I get certain
stomach upsets.  Choose all I want, but cancer, or heart disease, or any other of a number of ailments may have more control over my actions and desires than I can ever imagine. Finally, choose all I want, but personal selfishness, or greed, or vengeance, or just innate stubbornness will have an inordinate effect on the decisions I make.  We are turned in upon ourselves, putting ourselves first, disregarding God and the neighbor in our supposed "free will choices."  Often times even the very best things we may do are incredibly contaminated with selfish motives and intent.

              I love my wife dearly, but I am not going to attempt to lie to myself or others in saying that my love for my wife is not contaminated by selfish desire.  The divine standard as stated in Matthew 5:48 is  "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."  No one stands under that standard.  Jesus told the crowd gathered to stone the woman caught in adultery, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her."  The scripture tells us that all the would-be stone throwers, beginning with the oldest, dropped their stones and walked away.  So it is with us.  In short, "we are in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves" as we confess together every week in our liturgy.

              The Christian congregation is at its best, then, when it behaves as an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. "Hello, my name is Lou, and I am a sinner."  This kind of confession is what Jesus wants to hear.  This is what He came to redeem.  This confession leads the angels to rejoice (Luke 15:10).  I am a sinner.  Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.  Jesus responded to this confession with "Today you will be with me in Paradise."  That is precisely what happens when the word "Your sins are forgiven" is heard by a sinner with ears to hear.  The new freedom is better than anything imaginable.  Jesus has taken away all that sin, and I am free to be what God intends me to be.  Not a slave continually working to undo or make up for the sins I have committed, but a son or a daughter of the Great High King, set free to enter into life and community with the gifts and talents the Father has given me, to be a blessing to others.  Free at last! Forever!

              Slaves to sin arise, your sins are forgiven for Jesus' sake;  the only thing you have to lose is your chains.

Always remember Whose you are --

         

          Pastor Lou

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- July 12, 2020

Pentecost +6, year A -- "Because the Sower Went Out to Sow"

Isaiah 55:10-13      First Reading
Psalm 65:1-13        Psalm
Romans 8:12-17    Second Reading
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23    Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 7.12.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 7.12.2020
Still having some trouble with the data signal -- sorry!  Full sermon linked just above here.

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

Today's hymns:
ReClaim  227   Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
                          The Trees of the Field          
ReClaim  263      We Plow the Fields and Scatter
LBW      261        On What Has Now Been Sown