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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
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Readings, Announcements for July 12, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        


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Pentecost +6
July 12, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm:  Psalm 65:1-8 (9-13)
Second Reading: Romans 8:12-17
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
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: 
July 10 Pastor Lou's TENTH Anniversary of Ordination
Sunday July 12 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 unrest;
       Emma,
(daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tat*m), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
  Dawn V, at the sudden death of her brother last week, soon following the death of a good friend, Dr. Irwin;
                and for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
 
Judy,  (Charlene's daughter), looking for some answers to some mysterious physical symptoms;
       Mary, broken wrist after a fall (at Hearthstone);
      
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:       
    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 P*nkerton, Riley C*nahan, Olaf Mo*re, Brady Em*rson,
             Jordan Matth*ws, Luke Stov*r,  Logan H*sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellest*d, Scott N*ustel, Jeff Warn*r, David Hu*y, Anandae Cl*rk; 
Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey H; 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
  --   thankful for a good report for Charlene -- cancer free for 5 years!
>>> 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.

Congratulations to Pastor Lou on 10 years of ordained ministry (July 10, 2010).  Time flies when you're having fun ...

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.


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser Coming to a Close
>> June 1 - July 15 ... SPRING FUNDRAISER HAS REACHED 1/3 of GOAL SO FAR --  (but donations are always accepted year-round)
Baby bottles available at the church or (if you are so inclined), please use a ziplock baggie to place your loose change, cash, or a check into.  Bring it to church this Sunday (July 12), or return to the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) during the week.  Two electronic donation options also available:  
Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center, saving babies and helping mothers.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!


Farewell -- Sadly, we say farewell to Ron and Nancy Hanson as they have sold their ML home and are moving to a new one in Wenatchee to be closer to son Kevin's growing family.  We hope they will drop in on us every now and then to say HI, especially after the virus restrictions are lifted ...  

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Attendance last Sunday, 7.05.2020 --  27
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From Pastor Lou: Truly Truly #11 -- Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood                                                                                                                                                                                                          7.10.2020

Body blood communion cup

 

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you,

unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,

you have no life in you.

John 6:53 

           From a 21st century perspective, we who are Christians (or have at least been exposed to Christian teaching) can say ""OH, Jesus is pointing to the Lord's Supper" and merrily go about our way, embracing the beauty in the promises connected to Holy Communion.   We have eternal life when we believe Jesus at his word, and he promises that in his body and blood we have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  All well and good!

           But examine this from the perspective of its first hearers and we may need to think more deeply.  These words were spoken in the Synagogue in Capernaum (verse 49), long before Jesus' institution of the Lord's Supper in the upper room in Jerusalem on the night in which he was betrayed.  These words were spoken to the same crowds that he had been admonishing for only following him for the free bread he provided in the hills of Galilee (v.26).  This bit about body and blood had to be heard by his audience as a simply outrageous saying from the mouth of this itinerant Rabbi.  Every even marginally-devout Jew knew the Jewish people were never to consume blood.  In the Torah, God consistently says life is in the blood, and whenever the people made a sacrifice the blood was not to be consumed but offered to God on the altar or poured back into the earth.  Cannibalism was also expressly forbidden to the Jews.  These rules were part of the holiness code, which specifically separated the Jews from all of their neighbors.  They were to be a people set apart, and these rules helped them and their neighbors recognize their distinctive identity.  It had to sound like a blasphemous abomination to the Jewish listeners who heard Jesus say "eat my flesh and drink my blood."

           So what is going on here? 

           Jesus is running a test.  To put it crassly, he is thinning the herd.  Those who are following him for the temporal rewards of healing or food are being challenged, "Do you really believe in me?" The text informs us that many departed from him, to the point he is left with just the twelve.  Jesus has a question for those twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  (verse 67)   Simon Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."  The disciples do not understand what is going on, but they know who is speaking and believe Jesus will clear up the confusion in his time and in his way.  This is faith--believing when reason and experience are telling you otherwise.  This is what this passage is all about.

             In the Old Testament, God told Abraham to take his son, Isaac, and go and sacrifice him on Mt. Moriah.  Any way you hear that, it is an awful thing to be commanded to do.  It was a test.  God stopped the awful deed when it was abundantly clear Abraham was going to do what he had been told to do.  The scripture tells us "Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness."  That test also foreshadowed what God himself was willing to do to save His people.  God would send His only Son to be a sacrifice for our sin.  Sin is that serious, but God's love is even more serious.

           So Jesus here states an eternal truth foreshadowing a reality which at that moment is beyond the comprehension of everyone around him.  Those with faith in him are not dissuaded -- we have no other place to go.  Those operating from what they know depart from the presence of Jesus and will have to wait for another time to be drawn in to faith.

Jesus does institute this body and blood promise to the chosen disciples on the night in which he was betrayed, but it remains a glorious mystery -- we do not understand the how or often the why, but we do trust that his word is true -- we who commune have eternal life -- Jesus said so. The world outside the community of faith will never grasp this, indeed the charge of "cannibalism" will be used in the early persecution of the church.  To this day scoffers wonder what kind of nonsense we believers are up to in this practice of Holy Communion.

           The lesson is simple and oh so challenging --

           Trust His Word and all things are yours.

    Always remember Whose you are --

          

           Pastor Lou

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- July 5, 2020

Pentecost +5, year A -- "Who Will Deliver Me?"

Zechariah 9:9-12      First Reading
Psalm 145:1-14        Psalm
Romans 7:14-25a    Second Reading
Matthew 11-25-30    Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 7.05.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 7.55.2020
In two parts due to interruption of data signal -- sorry!  Full sermon linked just above here.
Part one:


Part 2:

Today's hymns:
ReClaim  215      In Christ Alone My Hope is Found
ReClamin  187      Chief of Sinners Though I Be           
ReClaim  241      I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (tune: LBW 183)
ReClaim  200        Lord of All Hopefulness

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

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Readings, Announcements for July 5, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church

Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children..."  
Matthew  11:25

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Pentecost +5
July 5, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm:  Psalm 145:1-14
Second Reading: Romans 7:14-25a
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 11:25-30
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: 
Saturday   July 4 Happy Independence Day! Please celebrate safely :)
Sunday   July 5

 
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 unrest;
     
Emma, (daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tat*m), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
    Jim Applegate (father of Gordon's daughter in law, Kristine), as he nears the end of his earthly days (Portland):
      Don & Triscia H., recovering from covid virus; (they have not been attending in-person services at LW);
      Judy,  (Charlene's daughter), looking for some answers;
      
Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
     
the Neust*l Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
       Ron & Nancy H.,  preparing for the move to be closer to family in Wenatchee;
      
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        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 Sch*fer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially 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 Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey H; 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
     --   thankful for a good report for Charlene -- cancer free for 5 years!
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Patty F*de (Wenatchee) -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog*rs --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy M*haney -- Jennifer (B*yer daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime G*rza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R*ynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don West -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My*rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

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 2 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 at least 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 ...


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.


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
>> June 1 - July 15 ... SPRING FUNDRAISER ENDS NEXT WEEK  (but donations are always accepted year-round)
Baby bottles available at the church or (if you are so inclined), please use a ziplock baggie to place your loose change, cash, or a check into.  Bring it to church next Sunday (July 12), or return to the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) next week.  Two electronic donation options also available:  
Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center, saving babies and helping mothers.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

Agnus Day                                   used by permission  --   agnusday [dot] org
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Attendance last Sunday, 6.28.2020 --  17
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, Truly #10 -- Eternal Life Now

Eternal Life Now                                                                                                                                                                                                            7.03.2020

                            Jump for joy life
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.

John 6:47 

          Well, there it is.  This is the third of Jesus' truly, truly statements Jesus speaks to the crowd following him in John chapter 6.  Here we have a statement from Jesus which simply cannot be ignored.  The crowds are following Jesus because they want bread.  The Jews are described as grumbling several times.  They are grumbling because Jesus makes a fantastic claim, is doing fantastic things, and now makes a fantastic promise. The claim is "I am the bread that came down from heaven," (v.41).   The fantastic deed was the miraculous feeding of 5000 men (and additional women and children) on a hillside in Galilee.  The fantastic promise is that eternal life is yours for believing.

          The Jewish religious leaders (and so many of us) simply will not let that promise stand.  Among the Pharisees it was believed that if the Jews kept the law perfectly one Sabbath, the Messiah would come and establish God's earthly kingdom in power and glory with the Jews as the favored people of God forever.  The Sadducees didn't believe in a resurrection from the dead.  What mattered to them was keeping the law here and now for a good life here and now.  The vast majority of Jewish people believed (as most still believe now) if there is a heaven, you get there by being good or doing good, preferably both.  Jesus will have none of it.

          His statement here needs to simply be heard and ruminated on.  Let it stand and speak to you as is.

            "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life."

          Look at it.  Read it again.    "Truly, truly, I say to you ..."   The "you" in the Greek is plural.  It is spoken to anyone in hearing range.  That means the entire crowd.  No caveats, no singling out, this statement is made to all within ear shot.   "Whoever believes has eternal life."   The English here is not exact.  An exact word for word literal translation would be  "the believing one has life forever."   Jesus speaks to the crowd but he wants individuals to hear it.    "The believing one," like he old poster from the Army recruiters' "Uncle Sam wants You" with his finger pointing and looking right at you (singular).  "You have life forever."  The verb there in the Greek is present tense, not future.  It is not "you will have eternal life for believing now," but "you have it now" (present tense).  What you have now is life eternal. 

          There are three words in Greek that are translated "life" in English.  The first one is bios, simply everyday biological life.    The kind of life my dog has until he dies.  The second is psuche;  this is the life of a sentient being.  A self-aware life.  Our English word "psychic" comes from this.  This is human life in the here and now.  But our passage under consideration uses the word zoe, the word used to describe "God's life," the life of immortality.  This is what Jesus is promising you and me as hearers of this passage.  We already have eternal life for believing he is who he says he is.  Really truly fantastic.

          Jesus' statement puts to death any and all speculation about how good one has to be, how loving, how forgiving, and any other qualification anyone may attempt to add to his promise.  Believe, it's yours.  And elsewhere it is made clear that faith itself, believing, is a gift of God.  We don't, in fact we can't, muster up faith ourselves.  It is God's gift to us through the work of the Holy Spirit.

          Our prayers, our one true plea, is always  "Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief."

   Always remember Whose you are -- You have eternal life.

         

          Pastor Lou

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From Pastor Lou: Truly, Truly #9 - Bread from Heaven

Bread From Heaven                                                                                                                                          6.25.2020

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Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you,

it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven,

but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.

For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven

and gives life to the world.”

John 6:32-33 

           Down through history a problem with the supply of bread has had catastrophic effects on societies.  Crop failure, bad weather, and simple mismanagement have consistently and persistently created problems for peoples and their governments.  Bread shortage was the one thing the leadership of the former Soviet Union knew they could not allow their people to experience, so when a series of poor harvests and severe mismanagement of their crops made it clear there was going to be insufficient bread for their people, the Soviet Union went on to the world markets and purchased vast quantities of food-grade wheat for importation -- the "great grain robbery" of the early 1970s which had economic repercussions extending to today.

           Likewise, when Queen Marie Antoinette was told "the people have no bread" because of a massive drought and crop failure throughout the nation, her response "Let them eat cake" simply illustrated her own disconnection from the people she was supposedly ruling.  She and her husband were soon beheaded in the French Revolution which followed.  Another event with ongoing effects still being dealt with.

           In today's statement, Jesus is following up on his statement of people only following him for material gifts (the feeding of the 5000).  The response of the people remains one of unbelief.  "Well, Moses gave us bread from heaven.   How about you?" (paraphrased). Here they are referring to Moses calling on God in the wilderness, and God sending manna in response.  Jesus first corrects the people -- it was God who sent the bread, not Moses.  Then he once again asks the people to "raise their gaze."  It is the Father who gives both bread and "true bread."  

           "For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  In other words, as Jesus will soon say,  he (Jesus) is the true bread of heaven sent to us from God.

           The power of this is probably lost to many of us affluent 21st century Americans.  We can go to the local store and buy so many different kinds of bread that we cannot imagine anything like a bread shortage and how frightening that could be to go any length of time without basic nourishment.  But in Biblical times and in some areas of the world today (Ethiopia comes to mind), the threat was always real and the fear was genuine.  Someone who could guarantee a supply of free bread was someone to get close to.

           This is how we should view Jesus.  Suffering from the famine of God's presence in our culture and lives, hungry for a kind word, starving for a little human decency, we can flee to the fount and source of all true food for the soul and body, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  The response of the people to this teaching of Jesus is one we should embrace and make our own, because only this alleviates the famine of our being:

           "Sir, give us this bread always."      --John 6:34b

    Always remember Whose you are --

          

           Pastor Lou

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Readings, Announcements for June 28, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church          


Sword.not peace


Pentecost +4
June 28, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm:  Psalm 119:153-160
Second Reading: Romans 7:1-13
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 10:34-42
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    June 28

 
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 unrest;
       Jim Appleg*te
(father of Gordon's daughter in law, Kristine), as he nears the end of his earthly days (Portland):
      Don H., with a positive covid test result this week; "
I seem to be through the worst of it already;"
          & Triscia, also experiencing some symptoms;  (Don & Triscia have not been attending in-person services at LW);
      Joyce R.,
at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
      Evie E., at home, and mourning the loss of her sister, Vivian;
      Patty Fode (ILC friend), recovering from a stoke, now at her son's home in Wenatchee;    
  

      the Neust*l Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
       Ron & Nancy H.,  preparing for the move to be closer to family in Wenatchee;
      
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        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 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 M*tthews, Luke Stov*r,  Logan H*sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ell*stad, Scott Ne*stel, Jeff W*rner, David Hu*y, Anandae Cl*rk; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam and Brenna Moss;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey Hans*n; 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
     --   thankful for the opportunity to again be together on Sunday mornings;
      --   praising God for full restoration of Debbie's hearing!
      --   thanking Fred Tucker, for his service, now returning to civilian life post-military;

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Simon Rog*rs --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy Mah*ney -- Jennifer (B*yer daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime G*rza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R*ynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don West -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My*rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

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 2 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 at least 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 ...


Weekly Worship and Communion Schedule
Holy Communion will be offered weekly at each Sunday service as we work our way back into weekly 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.


MISSING -- PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT
If you happen to see the keyboard musician's edition of the With One Voice hymnal anywhere around the church building, please let us know, and return it to the piano area.  It has apparently gone on walkabout.  This is a very important set of music and we need it!  It is a large spiral bound book, approx. 8 x14 inches, soft blue cover.  We are not sure exactly when it was last seen or used, mayibe as long ago as mid-March.


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
>> June 1 - July 15 ... This annual Crossroads fundraiser usually takes place between Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Covid restrictions caused a change of dates and method this year.  In stead of baby bottles, (if you are so inclined), please place your loose change, cash, or a check into a ziplock baggie and return it to Crossroads before July 15.  [Living Word  still has a few bottles, as does the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) if an actual bottle would help you to remember.]  This year they have also added 2 electronic donation options:   Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

LW College Scholarships
Living Word has a tradition of helping to support the college educations of our members and children of members.  If, after reading the following eligibility requirements, you would like an application sent to you or your student, please reply to this email (contact Don or Debbie). Some schools have matching funds available, (ie PLU, Whitworth) so check deadline policies closely where you plan to attend. "Students may reapply each year, up to 4 years."

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Attendance last Sunday, 6.21.2020 --  34
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Third Sunday after Pentecost -- Service audio/video -- June 21, 2020

Pentecost +3, year A -- "Fear Not"

Jeremiah 20:7-13        First Reading
Psalm 91:1-16              Psalm
Romans 6:12-23          Second Reading
Matthew 10:52, 21-33  Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 6.21.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 6.21.2020 -- part one

Continued here -- Part 2 -- Unfortunately we lost our signal this morning for a minute or two!
(To hear what you missed, listen to the sermon audio podcast (linked above).