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Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/ service video -- Sept. 20, 2020

Pentecost +16, year A -- "A Window of Opportunity"

First Reading:      Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm:                  Psalm 27:1-9                 
Second Reading:  Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 20:1-6

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 9.20.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.20.2020 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    180    Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling
ReC     41     Thine the Amen
ReC    200     Lord of All Hopefulness

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Readings, Announcements for September 20, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church



Pentecost +16
September 20, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm:  Psalm 27:1-9
Second Reading: Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 20:1-16

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Saturday September 19 Alice Fritz Memorial Service, 1:00 PM at Living Word
 Attendance is very limited due to virus regulations for church services.
Sunday September 20

  
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 23 Bible study:  the Book of Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM, in the fellowship hall
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 Fritz, 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 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:       
        Connie,  (Debbie's aunt), after stomach surgery to remove a tumor; chemo to begin;
         Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment;
         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!)
especially  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
     --   New life: Katherine Marie was born Wednesday AM, grandchild #30 for Tim and Carlene;
>>> 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.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Join us for a look at the book of Hebrews this fall -- Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.   You are welcome to drop in any Wednesday, even if you can't make it every week!  (No class on Sept. 30th).


Camp Lutherhaven
The air is expected to clear out some for the weekend and they have space available for a get-away!
It has been a lean summer season for our friends at Lutherhaven Camp in Idaho, with campers limited to family groups mostly on the weekends due to virus control measures.  BUT they are still open for fall 2020 get-aways if you want a quiet place to go as a couple or as a family -- contact them to check on dates and availability.    Your prayers are requested, and any support you are moved to consider as well, during this year and into 2021. Lutherhaven has been an important place for many in the congregation over it's 75-yr history.


Crossroads Resource Center
We have recieved 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).


Quarterly Member Meeting
The quarterly meeting scheduled for September 21st will be skipped, with reports received by the Executive Board  (and made available to the members on request),  having heard no objections from anyone in the congregation.  The next meeting is the December Annual Budget and Officer Elections meeting.  Agenda items or nominations for Board and elder positions can be sent to Curtis, Ruth, Don, or Debbie.

Mutual Conversation Connections -- * Missed a couple of phone calls this week and then ran out of time  :(
>> 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

The latest issue of Connections Magazine (unofficial magazine of the LCMC) is here -- pick up a copy at the church, or request one by calling or replying to this email and we can get it to you.  We also have several back-issues available for your enlightenment and enjoyment.

Pastor Lou and Debbie will be driving to the fall conference of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches/Institute of Lutheran Theology this week, away Sept. 24 - Oct. 2nd.   Pastor Lou will be available by phone or email except while driving through any dead zones on the route...   Bryan N. will bring the Word next Sunday Sept. 27.

FOR FUN: Hey, Lego fans!  Rachal P. found this link for directions to make a model of Concordia Theological Seminary (St. Louis) our of Lego ... just because :)

SOLA PUBLISHING BIBLE STUDY
If anyone is 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 could be a 6 week study.  Workbook to be purchased here.  Pastor and Debbie know the host, Rev. Steven King; he is an excellent teacher and heads up Sola Publishing.

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

Attendance last Sunday, 9.13.2020 --  31
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Note from Pastor Lou: Truly truly #21 -- Not Our Doing

Not Our Doing                                                                                                                                                                                  9.18.2020

 

“Truly, truly, I say to you,

the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times."

John 13:38b

          Jesus is spending his last evening with his disciples.  He has washed their feet, demonstrating that the greatest in his kingdom is the one who serves.  He has broken bread and drunk wine with his disciples in the Passover meal -- a reminder to Jewish people of all times that it is God who rescues His people from the bondage in which they are entrapped.  He has stated that one of their "band of brothers" will betray him to the authorities -- and Judas Iscariot departs to do so.  He has given a new and more powerful command, "Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."  He has stated it is time for him to depart to be glorified and he says "Where I am going you cannot come,"  "but you will follow afterward."

          Peter, being Peter, then wants to dispute this idea with Jesus.  "Lord, I will follow you, I will lay down my life for you."  Jesus responds, "Truly, truly I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times."

          It is always dangerous to rely on our own strength or our own will in our attempts to follow Jesus How many times have we resolved "I want to be a good Christian so I won't [do, think, say] that anymore," only to discover our good intentions simply lead us to another shortfall?  Peter, who has been with Jesus from early on, is believing he can be perfect in following Jesus.  His pride in his own efforts and abilities is shining through, and God and Jesus will have no part of it.  Salvation comes from God alone.  Only Jesus saves.  There is nothing we do to change that.  Peter learned that in a hard and embarrassing way.  Paul learned it on the Damascus road.  Martin Luther learned it in the monastery trying to be the perfect monk.  Peter failed.  Paul had to be turned around by Jesus himself.  Luther was enlightened by the Holy Spirit as he studied Romans.

          Charlemagne, King of the Franks and eventually, when crowned by the Pope as the first "Holy Roman Emperor," was reputed to have said, "If me and my Franks had been there, Jesus never would have been crucified."  We can hope this statement was made before the full impact of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection became clear to the great emperor.  Jesus knew the work he was sent to do.  He knew it was his work alone.  He knew no one else could work with him, even St. Peter.

          There is a lesson in humility in this for all of us.  Our strength is not sufficient to save us.  We will be saved only because Jesus died and rose for us and has sent his Holy Spirit so we can believe the work has been done. When we think we have something of our own doing to add to this work of God, we are presuming to be better followers of Jesus than St. Peter, and we are heading for an embarrassing fall.

          Peter will deny, we know the rest of the story, and he will be restored, and by the power of the Holy Spirit go on to be martyred for the Lord.  Everything in its time and in its place according to the working of the Lord.

          With this text, on that night so long ago, we are best reminded to hold to Luther's opening words of his explanation to the Third Article of the Creed, "I believe I cannot by my own reason or strength, believe in my Lord Jesus Christ or come to him, but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the one true faith."

          Salvation is all God's work, and I for one am extremely glad it depends on him and not on me.  Peter learned that the hard way.  Thank God we can learn it from him.

          Remember Whose you are --

          Pastor Lou

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Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- semon audio/service video -- Sept. 13, 2020

Pentecost +15, year A -- "How Many Times?"

First Reading:      Genesis 50:15-21 
Psalm:                  Psalm 103:1-12                   
Second Reading:  Romans  14:1-12
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 18:21-34

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 9.13.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.13.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
   WoV    716    Word of God, Come Down on Earth
    ReC       19    In You Is Gladness
  ReC     35     We Praise You, O God
  ReC    183     Cleansed and Forgiven

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Readings, Announcements for September 13, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        



Pentecost +15
September 13, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm:  Psalm 103:1-12
Second Reading: Romans 14:1-12
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 18:21-35

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday September 13

  
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 16 Bible study:  the Book of Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM, in the fellowship hall

>> 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 Fr-tz, especially Evie, 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;
      Lexie H., (and Caleb), for good health and strength as she enters the final week 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:       
        Connie,  (Debbie's aunt), after stomach surgery to remove a tumor; chemo to begin;
         Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment;
         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 Mary R., 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,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H, Anandae C; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
especially  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 medical professionals, particularly our own Margot, Pam R, Ellene, Raven, Lane, and Laura Lea;
      --  
Thankful for teachers and education professionals (including parents!), especially Triscia, Laurie, Mariel, Melodee, Pam H, Anne, Carmen, & Juli;  

>>> 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.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Join us for a look at the book of Hebrews this year -- Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall.  Sept. 9 was the intro;  on Sept. 13 we will start into chapter 1.  You are welcome to drop in any Wednesday, even if you can't make it every week!  (No class on Sept. 30th).


Camp Lutherhaven
It has been a lean summer season for our friends at Lutherhaven Camp in Idaho, with campers limited to family groups mostly on the weekends due to virus control measures.  This, of course, has resulted in a budget shortfall of over a quarter million dollars so far, with about another $200K shortfall expected for the rest of 2020.  Sadly, this has resulted in the decision to cut the equivalent of 5 full time staff (9 positions affected).  BUT they are still open for fall 2020 get-aways if you want a quiet place to go as a couple or as a family -- contact them to check on dates and availability.    Your prayers are requested, and any support you are moved to consider as well, during this year and into 2021. Lutherhaven has been an important place for many in the congregation over it's 75-yr history.


Crossroads Resource Center
We have recieved 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.


Quarterly Member Meeting
Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for September 21st.  Agenda items can be sent to Debbie or Curtis.  It is possible that this meeting might be "skipped," similar to the March meeting, with reports received (and made available to the members), unless there is an objection from anyone in the congregation.  The December meeting is the Annual Budget and Officer Elections meeting.

Mutual Conversation Connections
   * Jess & Dorothy M-ore  -- Living in Moses Lake since 1953, the Moores and the Ellestads go quite a ways back as friends.    They are "doing pretty good" during these past months, and have people looking after them for supplies.  They have 3 children, 2 surviving (one son living in Hawaii died suddenly this past spring), lots of grandchildren, and 4-5 great-grandchildren.   Unfortunately, Jess and Dorothy's entry was inadvertently left out of the 2019 Member Directory (there is always one!);  they have been attending on Sundays once in a while during the past few months.
Peggy & Ken M-rse --   After serving in the US Army, including 9 years at Ft. Sill, OK  at the end of his career  (where Jonathan is now),  Ken and Peggy have lived in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Washington (3 places) since he left the Army in 2002.  They've been in Moses Lake for 2 years now, and Peggy says "this is it.  No more moving."  They have 2 married sons, one in Moses Lake, and one who lives on the west side of the state.  That son's wedding took place in July, having been reduced from a guestlist of 250 down to 16 due to the virus limitations.   Ken now works for the PUD in the transmission office;  Peggy, who worked in varioius office positions along the way while the boys were growing up, now calls herself the "trophy wife."   Peggy appreciated and is thankful for the hospitality shown to her the first time she came to our church and is ready to return soon.

   >> 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

The latest issue of Connections Magazine (unofficial magazine of the LCMC) is here -- pick up a copy at the church, or request one by calling or replying to this email and we can get it to you.  We also have several back-issues available for your enlightenment and enjoyment.

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

Attendance last Sunday, 9.06.2020 --  35
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, truly #20 -- Eyes Wide Open, Into the Storm

Eyes Wide Open, Into the Storm                                                                                                                                                           9.10.2020

   

“Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."

John 13:21

         It has become a commonplace in our time to view Jesus' arrest, trial, and crucifixion as a miscarriage of justice and government gone mad.  Jesus is seen as a brilliant but naive teacher/Rabbi/guru who somehow offended the local power structure and was killed by that power structure who somehow felt "threatened" by his teaching.  Jesus is the "victim" of structures of oppression in this view.  This narrative has led to all kinds of mischief down through history.  For many centuries, the Jews were cast as the oppressors of truth, the ones who crucified "our" Jesus and the ones who should be persecuted for their misdeeds.  During the Middle Ages, the Oberammergau Passion Play performed once every 10 years in that small Bavarian Village in thanksgiving for the end of an outbreak of plague became an excuse too many times to remind people of what the Jews did to Jesus, and a justification for another wave of antisemitic persecution.

         In our time, we often hear that it was those nasty Romans attempting to maintain "law and order" in Palestine who seized Jesus, who was really only a precursor of our modern-day advocates for justice and the end of oppression, whether it be economic, racial, or sexual.  So Jesus as victim becomes the "patron saint" of radical reform agents desiring permanent societal change for the "good," however that may be defined.  So cities burn, property is destroyed, violence is committed in the name of "justice" and "social improvement" -- sometimes in the name of Jesus.

         These narratives have in common a complete misreading of the events that took place in Jesus' life.  Jesus was no victim.  He knows who he is and what his task was -- to die for the sins of the cosmos.  He knew he would be betrayed by one of his own disciples.  He walked into Jerusalem knowing what was coming.  He knew the Jewish leaders were plotting against him.  He knew the Romans would kill him.  He knew his disciples would run away and hide.  He knew Peter would deny him.  He was no victim.

         The disciples, when they heard of the coming betrayal, were befuddled.  John's account says they "looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke." Luke tells us "they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this." (Luke 22:23) Those closest to Jesus were of a mind that any one of them might be a betrayer.  In this should be a caution for each and every one of us.  How have I betrayed the Lord today?  In what ways have I fallen short in following, or even actively worked against God's way in the world?  Could I be the one?  The disciples remained clueless until it became clear that Judas Iscariot was the one who had done the deed.    But in the depth of their hearts none of them held anything but sympathy for Peter, who also betrayed Jesus in his own way by failing to follow as he had promised when he denied Jesus three times later that same evening.  The simple truth is none of us can follow Jesus perfectly and save ourselves by our intentions, actions, or work.  We all need Jesus to be exactly who he was on that night so long ago -- not a naive, hapless victim, but the all-knowing, dedicated lamb of God sent to take away the sin of the world.  How horrible the task, how glories the outcome!

  Remember Whose you are --

         Pastor Lou

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Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/video -- Sept. 6, 2020

Pentecost +14, year A -- "Respecting Authority"

First Reading:      Ezekiel 33:7-9   
Psalm:                  Psalm 32:1-7                     
Second Reading:  Romans  13:1-10
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 18:1-20

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 9.06.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.06.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
               WoV    718    Here In this Place
               ReC       14    Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
               ReC    196     My Jesus, I Love Thee
          ReC    249    Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me

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Readings, Announcements for September 6, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        



Pentecost +14
September 6, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9
Psalm:  Psalm 32:1-7
Second Reading: Romans 13:1-10
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 18:1-20

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday September 6

  
Sunday Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;   followed by the Service of the Sacrament  (Lord's Supper) 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 9 Bible study:  the Book of Hebrews -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM, in the fellowship hall

>> 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;
      
Alice F., (Evie's daughter;  Tom's sister) and her family;  final stages of cancer; at home (hospice) now;
      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;
      Lexie H., (and Caleb), for good health and strength as she enters the final 2 weeks 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:       
        Connie,  (Debbie's aunt), after stomach surgery to remove a tumor; chemo to begin;
         Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment;
         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and 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 Mary R., 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!)
especially  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 medical professionals, particularly our own Margot, Pam R, Ellene, Raven, Lane, and Laura Lea;
      --  
Thankful for teachers and education professionals (including parents!), especially Triscia, Laurie, Mariel, Melodee, Pam H, Anne, Carmen, & Juli;  

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Patty F -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R (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.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study Resumes Sept. 9
Pastor Lou would like to take us through the book of Hebrews this year.  We will begin this Wednesday at 7:00 pm, in the fellowship hall. 


Camp Lutherhaven
It has been a lean summer season for our friends at Lutherhaven Camp in Idaho, with campers limited to family groups mostly on the weekends due to virus control measures.  This, of course, has resulted in a budget shortfall of over a quarter million dollars so far, with about another $200K shortfall expected for the rest of 2020.  Sadly, this has resulted in the decision to cut the equivalent of 5 full time staff (9 positions affected).  BUT they are still open for fall 2020 get-aways if you want a quiet place to go as a couple or as a family -- contact them to check on dates and availability.    Your prayers are requested, and any support you are moved to consider as well, during this year and into 2021. Lutherhaven has been an important place for many in the congregation over it's 75-yr history.


Quarterly Member Meeting
Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for September 21st in the Fellowship Hall.  All members who are interested are invited to attend.  Agenda items can be sent to Debbie or Curtis.

Mutual Conversation Connections
   * Update: the Pinkert-n Family:   Jonathan finished his training program and graduated August 28th.  His next assignment is in Fort Sill (where he was training), where the family will finally be reunited in a month or so when Rachal, Naomi, and Abbey join Jonathan, Jael, and Daniel (already there to start school).   So there is a new address:   (ask Debbie). Thank you, to the whole family, for your sacrifices and service to our country!
  *  Tim & Carleen Tuck-r:
    Very recent empty nesters after 46 years of children at home, Tim and Carleen raised and homeschooled all 11 of their children, who now live in 8 states &  New Zealand, and one son in heaven.   They have 29 grandchildren, soon to be 31 with 2 on the way.  The T-ckers moved to Moses Lake in 2018 to be near Carleen's parents after Tim's retirement from congregational ministry (since 1978), and we are happy they chose Living Word for their church home.   They were able to travel to visit their New Zealand daughter in March just as the virus lockdowns began.  Tim was in the Army in the 70's and then did some time in the National Guard.  He is now a driver with Special Mobility Services, getting people to their out-of-town medical appointments.   Carleen has been learning about vegetable gardening, and is designing a new quilt for one of the boys. 

   * Hailie Tuck-r:    Hailie graduated from high school with a celebration on August 8 that included a nephew and neice also graduating from high school.  The youngest of 11 children (all homeschooled), Hailie has "flown the coop" this month, moving to Michigan last weekend where she will  live with one of her brothers, Freeman, who is a church music director.   Hailie is sort of "assistent music director," making computer slides for them from here;  she is still exploring what sort of work her future will hold.    Haillie and Freeman are currently driving back to Michgan by way of Nevada, Arizona, and points beyond as they visit siblings and friends on the way.    Sorry we weren't able to give you a proper send-off, Hailie!   Blessings on these new adventures in adulting!  "As you go on your way may Christ go with you." 
   >> 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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As Seen on Facebook:  on a church sign --   "I want to be like Saul.  I want to be on the road to DE-MASK-US."           

Attendance last Sunday, 8.30.2020 --  23
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, truly #19 -- Ambassadors of the Great High King

Ambassadors of the Great High King                                                                                                                          9.04.2020

  

  

“Truly, truly, I say to you,

whoever receives the one I send receives me,

and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me."

John 13:20

           This is the second of four "Truly, truly" sayings in the thirteenth chapter of John's gospel.  John's gospel is unique in the amount of recording and emphasis given to the last night Jesus was with his disciples.  John, who outlived all of his fellow disciples, undoubtedly had many years to ponder and meditate on what Jesus had done and said in his entire life, and he clearly particularly had strong recollections and feelings about what Jesus said and did in the imminent time before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion.  In the absence of a "written" legal will, John is clear he considers this last evening with Jesus  to be a "Last Will and Testament" time with his Lord.

           After making it clear that Jesus and his disciples are not to be about power and prestige (demonstrated by foot washing), Jesus now offers a promise of immeasurable comfort to a set of disciples who are not yet grasping the full impact of what is about to happen.

           Jesus makes clear with this "Truly, truly, I say unto you, whoever receives me receives the one who sends me" that his disciples are no mere "band of brothers" in any normal human sense.

           It is a wonderful thing to be a member of a chosen group.  I cherish the memories of being a band member in 1972 when our band was selected to travel to Vienna, Austria for a contest -- the only high school band from the state of Oregon so honored.  The experiences and times together have bound that group close together in ways many people cannot imagine.  "We were members who did that."  Many people have similar precious memories related to sports teams, clubs, sororities or fraternities, summer camps, military experience, or any number of such group activities.

           Imagine for a moment, though, what it must have felt like to hear the Lord Jesus say, "He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me."  The promise here is simply breathtaking.  We are directly in line as the conduit through which God the Father has chosen to make His will known and done in the world.  The Father sent Jesus to make himself known to us (John 1:18).  Jesus sends the disciples to make himself known to others.  Now we are in that same chain of revelation.  Such an honor, such a task.

           This pattern should be very clear to us.  This is the language of ambassadorship and diplomacy.  An ambassador speaks the will and interests of the country he/she represents.  Wars have been started over improper reception of a nation's ambassador;  indeed Genghis Khan once obliterated a whole empire in central Asia when his ambassadors to that nation were abused, tortured, and returned to him deeply damaged.  The whole notion of international diplomacy and diplomatic immunity in this old world are rooted in the level of respect that an ambassador commands as the representative of a king or nation.

           So consider carefully how you are being honored and burdened by this word from Jesus.  Honored because you are a chosen, adopted child and representative of God the Father himself through His chain of promises.  But also burdened in that we daily fail to represent our great high king in the most positive way.  Genghis Khan regularly killed ambassadors who misrepresented him to others.  Thank the Lord that Jesus is no Genghis Khan.  Jesus forgives even his ambassadors when they fall short.

        Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/video -- August 30, 2020

Pentecost +13, year A -- "Follow Him"

First Reading:      Jeremiah 15:15-21     
Psalm:                  Psalm 26                       
Second Reading:  Romans 12:9-21
Gospel Reading:    Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 8.30.2020
Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns: (ReClaim Hymnal)
      1      All Glory Be to God on High
  212   Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
  18      For the Beauty of the Earth
  269     Lift High the Cross