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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost -- service video/sermon audio -- Oct. 18, 2020

Pentecost +20, year A -- "He Knows the Score"

First Reading:      Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm:                  Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)         
Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 22:15-22

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 10.18.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 10.18.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
                ReC    11      Praise to the Lord, the Almighty    
                   ReC   42      We Give Thee But Thine Own
                   ReC  268    Jesus Shall Reign          
                   ReC  50      Now Thank We All Our God

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Readings, Announcements for October 18, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        



Pentecost +20

October 18, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm:  Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 22:15-22

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday October 18

  
Sunday 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 October 21 Bible study -- Hebrews  7 - 8:30 PM, fellowhsip hall
Saturday October 24 Musicians in the Sanctuary, 6:00 PM  (also via FB Live)

>> 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;
   
Mitch M., (owner of our building), recovering from shoulder surgery after a biking accident last week;
   Laurie O., healing after arthroscopic surgery (torn medial meniscus);
   
Wayne & Arlene, a cancer diagnosis for Arlene and other living transitions coming on soon;
   Linda Bish-p, (friend of Karen Schafer), hospitalized with covid;
    The Neust-ls & Judene's extended family, as they celebrate the long life of Judene's grandmother, Lola;
   Clint S,  (Immanuel friend), at the loss of his wife, Vera; ILC shared this link for the service held Oct. 14;
    Danelle P (missionary to the Dominican Republic) & Carlos, being married 10/17 after a virus delay;
  
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
    Suzanne, (Charlene's daughter), recovering from weight-loss surgery;
   Michelle B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), sudden heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat 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 Putn-m;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
-- and for those who would like to be;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --    Congratulations to Darby and Talen, newly engaged to be married;
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michelle B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R-gers --  Michele B --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reyn-lds (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.

DELIVERY DRIVER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
From the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation's Facebook page (Oct. 5) :

"We are in need of volunteer delivery drivers for our Meals to Heal Program. Must have two legs only to qualify, sunglasses are optional! Delivery starting in November, mostly in the Moses Lake area. We are still working on all the details, but if you are interested please contact Debbie at info@columbiabasincancerfoundation.org or call the office at 764-4644."

Lutherhaven Annual Meeting via Zoom (or phone)

As contributors to Camp Lutherhaven in the past year, Living Word congregation is invited to participate at their annual meeting, 6:30 pm Nov. 5th.  This year it is taking place via Zoom, or by phone.  Lane Johns-n has volunteered to 'attend' the meeting to represent Living Word;  we are entitled to one vote on any matters that come up, but more people may attend if you wish.  Contact Debbie for meeting link details.  Thanks, Lane!

Crossroads Annual Banquet
As with nearly everything else in 2020, the annual fundraising banquet for Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center will not take place this fall.  But of course, they still do need the donations and pledges that this event always generate, to help educate and support at-risk moms about pregnancy options aside from abortion. "Some generous ministry partners are offering to provide Crossroads with $50,000 if we can raise $150,000 in gifts and pledges by October 31st."  Please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift or pledge today toward this challenge deadline of midnight on Saturday, October 31.  Pledges can be paid over 12 months."   Pledges or gifts may be mailed (1555 S. Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake) or made online at www.pregnancywa.org ; credit card payments accepted by calling Christina at 509-765-4425.  "Partnering with you to save lives."  --Crossroads Exec. Director Carol Knopp.

Mutual Conversation Connections --
As pastor Lou often refers to them, "Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy" ...  if you havne't been to church for a while you might be wondering about these three regulars --

    * Shirley Muns-n -- Shirley's family moved to Washington from Nebraska when she was a teen.  She moved back to NE with some friends for a few years after high school but ended up back in WA eventually.     She's always loved to bake stuff (brownies, sugar cookies at holidays, and special occasion cakes) and cook for others.  She "just loves to meet people."  Shirley makes quilts for her grandchildren -- she and Ila owned a small fabric store downtown ML for a year or so way back when; she was a waitress at ML Perkins for 12 years, and then worked 22 years for Dr. Morgan (dentist) before retiring. 
Shirley has one son and 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, nearly all living in WA.  Her family keeps their  eyes on her during the pandemic but she has returned to Sunday church services and Bible study on Wednesdays.  She is keeping healthy, but a hitch in her leg causes her great pain sometimes.  Don't approach Shirley unexpectedly from behind or she will jump sky-high and shout out!
    * Ila Simps-n -- has been best friends with Shirley since the early 1960s
when they were neighbors in Moses Lake; Shirley's 4 and Ila's 5 kids grew up together and still remain close. Another one of our "kitchen ladies," Ila has always been an essential when a reception is needed for a special occasion.  Her parents were married at the Walla Walla penitentiary when her father was working there as a guard (!) and she is one of 8  children they raised.   Ila has also done lots of sewing and some quilting over the years.  She and late husband Joe have 3 sons and 2  daughters (one son and one daughter now in heaven);  13 granddaughters; and 5 great-granddaughters.  Ila has made it to church and Bible study most weeks this year; her biggest covid "adustment" has been being "teachers' aid" to two great-granddaughters 3 days a week for the  online portion of their classes.  If there was no covid and no home-teaching going, on Ila was quick to say that she "would probably be doing more visiting." 
   *  Ruth Peppl-r -- after losing her husband in a farming accident at a young age, Ruth went on to raise their 3 daughters.  She now also has 3 granddaughters, 2 great-granddaughters and (finally) one great-grandson.  Ruth has always lived somewhere in the state of Washington, born and raised on an Odessa area dryland wheat farm.  She sews, makes quilts, and lovely hand-stamped holiday occasion cards.  She also maintains a lot of flowers in her yard that get shared on the altar during many summer Sundays, as well as baking 'goodies' for fellowship time after church quite often.  Ruth and Joyce Rector met at church around 1986 and became good friends and travel companions on several trips all over the world.  Ruth is a two-time cancer survivor ('93 and '05-'06).   She has been coming to church and Wednesday Bible study as much as possible in 2020, even if it makes her son-in-law 'nervous."
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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

Special Music
On Reformation Sunday, October 25, Naomi Pinkert-n will be baptized.  Her daddy Johnathan will be here and will play for our Sunday service along with Nancy Hans-n and friend/godmother Kathryn A-riola.
The three would also like us to know that they will be "at the church on Saturday Oct. 24 at 6 PM to practice/play some music together" ... doors will be open ... if some people were to wander in ... there might be some cookies later ...     "Not a concert," but we expect a lovely evening of great musical talent.  We do also hope/plan to live-stream it on Facebook so pencil it in.  Some Saturday selections will be replayed on Sunday morning, so the service *could* go a *little* long, but Pastor Lou promises a shorter sermon :)    Mark your calendars and bring your masks; and don't be afraid of the front row of seats as we spread out!

Agnus Day                                          used by permission  --   agnusday [dot] org
 


Attendance last Sunday, 10.11.2020 --  31
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, Truly 24 -- Just Ask

Just Ask                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10.14.2020

                   


"Truly, truly, I say to you,
whatever you ask of the Father in my name, He will give it to you."

John 16:23

          This promise from Jesus forces all of us to stand back and carefully consider who and what is truly at work when we pray and, indeed, how we should pray.  We all know that a forced literal reading of this passage simply does not work. Praying a formula prayer for our current need or desire to the Father in the name of Jesus is not a magical guarantee that all of our wishes will come true.  We all have experienced disappointments in this regard, and we know others have also.  In scripture the apostle Paul wrote that he had asked the Lord to remove his "thorn in the flesh" three times, and the answer he received was (to paraphrase, using his words from 2 Corinthians 12:9), "No -- my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  If the apostle Paul cannot expect a literal understanding of this promise to be true, neither should we.

          There are some interesting insights from some of the ancient teachers of the church concerning this, however.  Origen points out that prior to Jesus, all prayers were directed solely to the Father.  For a Jew to pray in anyone else's direction or name was considered idolatry.  By praying to the Father in Jesus' name, we are implicitly acknowledging the lordship of Jesus and testifying to the truth he spoke, "No one comes to the Father except by me."  (John 14:6) This is the proper way for a Christian to pray -- to the Father through the Father's designated mediator, our Lord Jesus. No other way is open.

          Many of the church fathers and other teachers also point out that a good and loving Father does not give everything his children ask for. Sometimes (often times) children have no idea what is in their best interests to receive, so a loving father will say no to requests which may harm a child or are just not the best way forward.  Many prayers fall into this category when we stop to think about them, or once we gain deeper insight and maturity.

          Another ancient church father, Bede, wrote clearly on the notion that the Father and his Son always have eternal salvation in mind for their creatures.  So any prayer that fails to move one towards a strengthened faith and closer to salvation is immediately suspect, and may not be appropriate for us from the Father's viewpoint.

          Lastly, we should remember that in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus himself prayed to his Father for the cup to be lifted from him, but closed his prayer with "Thy will be done." This is a good reminder that we place ourselves into the hands of the Lord and trust him to act in our best interests even if it means getting a "no" to one of our prayers.  Like any father, our heavenly Father loves being peppered with questions and requests from His children.  He undoubtedly delights in giving all good things to us, and probably even chuckles over the things we ask for that He knows He needs to say no to.  After all, Psalm 2:4 reminds us, "He who sits in the heavens laughs." 

          So pray your prayers with a joyful spirit through Jesus, sure in the confidence that our Father in heaven has heard them and will act according to His good and gracious will, which, of course, is far more reliable than our own wishes and desires.

          Remember Whose you are --

          Pastor Lou

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Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- service video/sermon audio -- Oct. 11, 2020

Pentecost +19, year A -- "He's Got Us Covered"

First Reading:      Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm:                  Psalm 23           
Second Reading:  Philippians 4:4-13
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 22:1-14

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 10.11.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 10.11.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
     ReC    203      Dearest Jesus, at Your Word           
     ReC 198       The King of Love My Shepherd Is
     ReC   202       Have No Fear, Little Flock
     ReC     58       Sent Forth by God's Blessing

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Readings, Announcements for October 11, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


Pentecost +19

October 11, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm:  Psalm 23
Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-13
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 22:1-14

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday October 11 Sunday 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 October 14 Bible study -- Hebrews, chpt. 2-3

>> 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;
      
Mitch M., (owner of our building), biking accident on 10/5, badly shattered shoulder blade/joint; surgery 10/12;
Wayne (& Arlene),  in need of transitioning from family home help to professional home help soon;
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
       Suzanne, (Charlene's daughter), recovering from weight-loss surgery;
       Jake, (Charlene's grandson), sudden heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat 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 an 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 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), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially 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;
Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
--   
>>> Continued prayers for:
        -- Michelle B (back issues) --  Patty Fode -- 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.

DELIVERY DRIVER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
From the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation's Facebook page (Oct. 5) :

"We are in need of volunteer delivery drivers for our Meals to Heal Program. Must have two legs only to qualify, sunglasses are optional! Delivery starting in November, mostly in the Moses Lake area. We are still working on all the details, but if you are interested please contact Debbie at info@columbiabasincancerfoundation.org or call the office at 764-4644."

In Home Assistance
If you or anyone you know would be intereted/able to assist an elderly couple in their home for a couple of hours per evening a couple times a week, we have been made aware of a need in this area asap.  Please call Pastor Lou or Debbie; specifics aren't quite clear at this time.


Lutherhaven Annual Meeting via Zoom (or phone)
As contributors to Camp Lutherhaven in the past year, Living Word congregation is entitled to participate at their annual meeting.  This year it is taking place via Zoom, so perhaps someone would like to be that person (we have never had representation in the past when the meetings were in person).  The meeting can also be "attended" by phone.

From the note we received:
   In accordance with the Bylaws of Lutherhaven Ministries
We Invite You To Join the Staff & Board of Directors  For An Open House
Virtual Lutherhaven Ministries Annual Corporation Meeting,  6:30 PM     Thursday, November 5, 2020
To celebrate all God has done and continues to do at Lutherhaven Ministries!
As an Idaho non-profit corporation and in compliance with Idaho law and the Lutherhaven Bylaws, Member Congregations represented at the meeting receive one vote on all matters up for ballot at the meeting.
This notice is dated October 5, 2020        
       Kyle Hulvey, Corporate Secretary, Lutherhaven Ministries


Crossroads Annual Banquet
As with nearly everything else in 2020, the annual fundraising banquet for Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center will not take place this fall.  But of course, they still do need the donations and pledges that this event always generate, to help educate and support at-risk moms about pregnancy options aside from abortion. "Some generous ministry partners are offering to provide Crossroads with $50,000 if we can raise $150,000 in gifts and pledges by October 31st."  Please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift or pledge today toward this challenge deadline of midnight on Saturday, October 31.  Pledges can be paid over 12 months."   Pledges or gifts may be mailed (1555 S. Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake) or made online at www.pregnancywa.org ; credit card payments accepted by calling Christina at 509-765-4425.  "Partnering with you to save lives."  --Crossroads Exec. Director Carol Knopp.

Mutual Conversation Connections --
* will try again next week...
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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

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Attendance last Sunday, 10.04.2020 --  unk
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Note from Pastor Lou: Truly Truly #23 -- The Surprise Turn

The Surprise Turn                                                                                                                                                                                              10.05.2020

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you,

you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. 

You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy."

John 16:20

          Once again Jesus makes a promise during the last few hours he is with his disciples.  He knows his destiny.  His disciples remain flummoxed but attentive.  Jesus is speaking of things and concepts that they are having difficulty grasping.  He says he is going away -- for a time.  But it is for their good, because he is sending an advocate -- the promised Holy Spirit.  But what exactly -- or who exactly -- is that?  He is talking about the judgment of the world, but what will that look like?  He is talking about being "glorified," but he is also talking about being abused and killed.  How does that work?  How do "glory" and abuse and death go together?  So many questions, so many loose ends, so much that is not yet clear -- and won't be clear for a while yet.

          Immediately prior to this promise of weeping and lament while everyone else is rejoicing, Jesus says "a little while you will not see me," and "again a little while you will see me."  What can these statements mean?  We who know the answers, "the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say, may have a hard time placing ourselves into the disciples' shoes, but just imagine what it must have been like on that night.

          The disciples will see Jesus arrested and carried away by what was considered "authorities," both priestly and governmentally.  They will see and hear the crowds go ballistic demanding the crucifixion of their Lord.  They will witness this and live in lament, mourning, and fear at what became of their beloved Rabbi.  The madness of the world will indeed rejoice at the death of one who claimed to be the Son of God.  Satan will believe he has won.  Sinful mankind will always be tickled pink at the idea that the accusation that 'we are sinners in need of a Redeemer' is now silenced in any way we think we can silence it, even if it means the cruel death of an itinerant rabbi.  Such is the sinful old world, trying to free itself from its bondage.  "Don't tell me I need help."  So we rejoice in the silencing of the one true helper.

          But then the turn occurs.  That damned Jew -- damned to die on a cross for daring to challenge the ways of the world -- rises from the dead.  A whole new world suddenly appears.  Satan cannot win!  Death has been defeated!  Sins are forgiven!  The way to eternal life is opened for all mankind!  Now this is something to rejoice about.

          And so it is.  Disciples who ran away and hid for fear of the Jews become the fearless proclaimers of a risen Lord and a new existence.  The promise that people will be raised from the dead to a sinless eternal future is for you, too, because Jesus has promised it and he is risen. 

          Now that is joy.  It's yours, because Jesus went out and did it, for you.

          Remember Whose you are --

          Pastor Lou

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Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- Oct. 4, 2020

Pentecost +18, year A -- "Our Knowledge of God"

First Reading:      Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm:                  Psalm 80:7-19             
Second Reading:  Philippians 3:4b-14
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 21:33-46

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 10.04.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 10.04.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
ReC     69      Dearest Jesus, Draw Thou Near Me
ReC  132      When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
ReC  192      My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
ReC   210     Day by Day

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Readings, Announcements for October 4, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church          



Pentecost +18
October 4, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm:  Psalm 80:7-19
Second Reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 21:33-46

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday October 4

  
Sunday Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by the Service of the Sacrament  each week,
(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 October 7 Bible study -- Hebrews, chpt. 2-3

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
       Teachers, parents, admin, and students,
working to figure out what school classes and schedules will look like;
       For those who have lost homes, businesses, or loved ones from the many fires burning this week;
      
Family of Alice Fritz, especially mom Evie, & brothers Tom, & Larry;
      
Wayne Rimple, (friend of the Bensons, former ML mayor), cancer diagnosis;
      Hailie T., (and empty-nesters, Tim and Carleen) as Hailie moves on to the next phase of her life;
      Lexie H., (and Caleb), for good health and strength as she enters the final days before baby girl arrives;
     
      
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
      
Michele B., 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;
         
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new 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), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially 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;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --   Thank you to Tim T. for bringing the Word to us this Sunday while Pastor isolates a little after his travels;
      --   a new granddaugher fo
r Don and Triscia, Kaia Lynn born Monday the 21st to Caleb & Lexi;
      --   that a new heart was received by Ava, 10-month old daughter of Stan's friend Kyle (Sherwin-Williams manager);

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Patty Fode -- 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.

Due to the week of travel and catch-up upon our return, there is no Truly Truly note from Pastor Lou this week.   Thanks, Rev. Tim, for leading this Sunday's service.
Mutual Conversation Connections --
* postponed to next week... taking volunteer contacts  :)

>> 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

Crossroads Annual Banquet
As with nearly everything else in 2020, the annual fundraising banquet for Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center will not take place this fall.  But of course, they still do need the donations and pledges that this event always generate, to help educate at-risk moms about pregnancy options aside from abortion.  "Some generous ministry partners are offering to provide Crossroads with $50,000 if we can raise $150,000 in gifts and pledges by October 31st."  Please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift of pledge today toward this challenge deadline of midnight on Saturday, October 31.  Pledges can be paid over 12 months." Pledges or gifts may be mailed
(1555 S. Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake) or made online at www.pregnancywa.org ;also by credit card by calling Christina at 509-765-4425.  "Partnering with you to save lives." --Crossroads Exec. Director Carol Knopp. 

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Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- Sept. 27, 2020

Pentecost +17, year A -- "A Trinitarian Understanding of God"

First Reading:      Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm:                  Psalm 25:1-10               
Second Reading:  Philippians 2:1-4, (5-13), 14-18
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 21:23-27, (28-32)

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 9.27.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.27.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
ReC    88     The Church's One Foundation
WoV  614      Praise to you, O Christ, Our Savior
WoV  635      Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (to the tune: BEACH SPRING, WoV  697)
ReC  169     A Mighty Fortress is Our God

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Readings, Announcements for Sept. 27, 2020

                  Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        


Pentecost +17
September 27, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
Psalm:  Psalm 25:1-10
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-4 (5-13), 14-18
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 21:23-27 (28-32)

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday September 27

 
Sunday Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by the Service of the Sacrament  each week,
(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 September 30 No Bible study this week -- Pastor Lou is away.
Sept. 24 - Oct. 2 Pastor Lou and Debbie traveling to S.Dakota conference

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
     For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
       Teachers, parents, admin, and students,
working to figure out what school classes and schedules will look like;
       For those who have lost homes, businesses, or loved ones from the many fires burning this week;
      
Family of Alice Fri-z, especially mom Evie, & brothers Tom, & Larry;
       David & Sarah H, (and Don & Triscia), mourning the loss of baby Talitha, born too soon for this earth;
      
Wayne R-mple, (friend of the Bensons, former ML mayor), cancer diagnosis;
     Hailie T., (and empty-nesters, Tim and Carleen) as Hailie moves on to the next phase of her life;
   
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
      
Michele B., 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;
         
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
        Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new 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), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;       
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially 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;
  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
    --   Thank you to Bryan N. for bringing the Word to us today;
      --   a new granddaugher fo
r Don and Triscia, Kaia Lynn born Monday the 21st to Caleb & Lexi;
      --   that a new heart was received by Ava, 10-month old daughter of Stan's friend Kyle (Sherwin-Williams manager);
      --   that Deb's aunt Connie's suffering in this world has ended, and she has been reunited with her husband in heaven;

>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Paul & Sandy --  Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reyn-lds (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 and Debbie are traveling this week, driving to the annual conference of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches and Institute of Lutheran Theolgy at Brookings, South Dakota.  These are the 2 groups most instrumental in Pastor Lou becoming an ordained minister.  Bryan Noe will lead the service and sermon this Sunday (Derek O. will produce the Facebook Live recording), and Tim will lead the service and preach Oct. 4 (a precautionary absence after traveling through several states; Pastor Lou should be home Oct. 2-ish).   There will be no Wedneday Bible study Sept. 20;  we look forward to continuing the Hebrews study on October 7.   Phone and email messages will be checked, if there is a need to contact us this week.

Christian Prayer March 2020
This Saturday, Sept. 26, a group of Christians will gather at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  Organized by Franklin Graham, they will walk and pray along a short route, asking God to heal our country.  If you are so inclined to join in prayer at this same time, they will begin at 9 AM Pacific Time on Saturday morning.  Of course, this is a prayer anyone can pray at any time, now and in the future.

Crossroads Resource Center
We have received word that Crossroads could use some extra receiving blankets, quilts, and/or diapers for their clients.  Baby bottles (or baggies) with cash donations are also accepted year-round.  Bring to the church or deliver directly to them at 1555 S. Pilgrim, Moses Lake (near the high school).


Mutual Conversation Connections --
* Donna L-ighter & Hap W-idner -- Friends invited to LW by Wayne Lawson, Hap and Donna have continued to attend Sunday services nearly every week during the covid slow-down.  Donna lives in Ephrata where she was a teacher for 22 years after moving to WA from Missouri (where she taught grade 3-6 for 13 years).  Donna is good at the sewing machine, and in the kitchen (evidenced by some of the things that have shown up at church events) and likes to read.    She has 2 children, a daughter living in Missouri and a son who was killed in truck accident in 1996, and one grandson.  Her younger sister, Billie, also lives in Ephrata and comes along to church fairly often on Sunday mornings; one more sister lives in Lacy.    Hap is a farmer, with his home base in block 89 near Hiawatha Road; he has lived in the Basin for almost 40 years now.  He has 1 son & 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, and is hoping for some great-grandchildren too, but no luck on that so far.  Donna and Hap are "snowbirds" -- they enjoy traveling to Arizona and Palm Springs area each winter after the corn is harvested in October until just before spring planting.
Keith & Renae Ha-l --  the Ha-ls are perhaps best known in Moses Lake for their Ha-l-a-day Christmas tree farm (which they ended in 2019).  Renae has long been a member of the Immanuel quilters; she is pretty crafty in other areas as well, and is busy putting up the bounty from the garden.  2020 has been an extra good gardening year, so they have been able to make little distanced visits to deliver some goods to nearby neighbors.   They came to Moses Lake from Southern Idaho area in early 1978, shortly after they married, and raised 2 sons and a daughter here.  They share 2 granddaughters with the He-ses (their oldest son married our oldest daughter) in Kirkland, and one more granddaughter is in Ellensburg.   Keith is retired from Simplot, where he was a field man and worked a lot with the Hutterites.  In non-covid times they enjoyed some camping and even fishing trips to Alaska.  They have been steering clear of any indoor group activities this year.  Keith's brother Larry helped the He-ses find their farm when we moved to the Basin, and Renae was literally the second person Debbie met on her first visit in to town. 

>> 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

Connections Magazine (unofficial magazine of the LCMC) -- pick up a copy any time, read and share them -- current and several back issues are available.

SOLA PUBLISHING BIBLE STUDY
If you would be interested in an online Zoom Bible study, there is a good one coming up hosted by Sola Publishing on the Bound Will.
Beginning October 5, on Mondays (early evenings, 4:00 PM since we are West Coast), looks like it is a 6 week study.  Workbook to be purchased here.  The host, Rev. Dr. Steven King, is a friend of Pastor Lou & Debbie; he is an excellent teacher and the managing editor at Sola Publishing.

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Attendance last Sunday, 9.20.2020 --  21