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Readings, Announcements for July 4, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Pentecost +6

July 4, 2021
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:1-5
Psalm: Psalm 123
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Gospel Lesson: Mark 6:1-13
           
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday July 4 Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
(Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast -- please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person and would like to have communion.)
Wednesday July 7 Confirmation class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM   (date change)

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
    Karen (Grethe's daughter), benign tumor between skull & brain, but causing some issues;  surgery scheduled;
Baby Zane & mom Lily (Sharon's neice); that he will thrive and grow better than he has been of late;
the Neust-l & Downs families saying final goodbyes; services for Judene's sister, Angie next Saturday (7/10);

Michael (a man who called asking for prayer), no family, lost his mother recently and feeling "spiritually lost;"
Virgil R., (block 89 neighbor farmer), recovering from injuries from in car vs hay stacker accident;
Vicki G., (ILC friend, community member), at Columbia Crest; that her spirits be raised;
Don H., that continued intermittent health issues from 2020 can finally be resolved;
Carlos S. (missionary Danelle's husband), feeling well in spite of heart function at 14% after massive heart attack in March;

Juanita O., (ILC friend), healing a severely broken leg in long-term care; and Harley at home;
Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;

> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law)
Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer;
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
    especially the Neustels, Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>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:
    especially  (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
     and (law enforcement)  Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
  especially Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;  Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
-- Happy Birthday this week to Phyllis H. (7/3); Paul Emers-n (7/7);
      -- Happy Anniversary to Wayne & Arlene (7/9) # 72!; Ben & Kelli (7/9);  Larry & Sue E. (7/10);
          Happy 11th anniversary of Ordination to Pastor Hesse, (7/10);

      -- Congratulations to Ben & Lauren Rathbone, married on June 26!
     --  Congratuations to Dylan O. for completing 6 weeks of ROTC camp;
     --  New granddaughter (#3)  for Don & Triscia -- Elizabeth Faith, born June 30 to David & Sarah;

>
Continued Prayers for:
   Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) -- Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;  Brenna;  Danelle & Carlos;  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).


ICE CREAM SUNDAY !
How about a little Independence Day celebration?  Cool down with some Ice Cream this Sunday after the service.

Pandemic Progress
Covid attendance limits, distancing, and public mask requirements have been lifted by the County and State officials.  We encourage everyone to return to in-person Sunday attendance as soon as you are able, and we continue to encourage common-sense measures to keep everyone healthy -- including wearing a mask if that makes you more comfortable.  The air conditioner is working to keep us as cool as we can be!

Seeking Auction Donations
Moses Lake Grocery Outlet is wroking on the annual Independence from Hunger Food Drive. The online auction is live now and will end at noon on July 6th. 100% of all money raised will be donated to their Independence for Hunger Community Partner Care Sacks. All donations stay local to help provide sack lunches to those experiencing food insecurities. The goal this year is to raise $10,000. That is a HUGE goal and cannot be done without the support of our community. "Thank you in advance." (--from Kris E., ML Grocery Outlet) Update: Nearly 1/2 way to the goal! Donate $5 in the store and receive a $5.00 coupon -- win-win!

Seeking Rodeo Anthem Singers
Contact Mike Harris if you or someone you know would be interested/willing to sing the National Anthem for one evening of the 2021 Grant County Rodeo.  I believe he said there are 5 opportunities.  Need not be a professional or perfect singer but ability to carry a tune helps :)


Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"

Attendance last Sunday; June 27, 2021:  36
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A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #61 -- What Must I Do?

What Must I Do?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 7.01.2021  

             

Truly I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:23

           This statement of Jesus is found in Matthew, telling of the story of the "rich young man."  This narrative is also found in chapter 10 of Mark's gospel and chapter 18 of Luke's gospel.  The incident must have made a large impression on the disciples, and indeed continues to make an impression on all of us who read or hear it.  Unfortunately, often times an unwarranted conclusion is drawn from this text that rich people are less likely to be in heaven.  A closer reading of the text reveals this conclusion to be largely incorrect.

           The rich young man kneels before Jesus and asks a very key question, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"  The problem exists right there at the start:  the rich young man clearly believes eternal life depends on him doing something to earn it.  Here he is, speaking to the One who takes away sin so all of us can have eternal life as a gift -- a grace from God -- and he asks what he can do to earn it.  Throughout the gospels Jesus consistently destroys this type of thinking.  We are dead in trespass and sin.  All people are.  Dead men can do nothing.   Rich young man, all rich people, all poor people, everyone needs to come to this realization.  We have sinned and fallen short of the perfection God requires for eternal life.  Jesus tells the rich young man, "If you would be perfect, go sell all you have and give it to the poor..."   Only someone incredibly blessed by God could come to the conclusion that he or she may be close to the perfection demanded by God.  A poor person, one who has suffered, one who has been abused, one seeking revenge or holding a grudge -- in other words, most of us -- would never even consider we are close to salvation on our own.  So Jesus says only with great difficulty can a rich person, a person already greatly blessed by God, attain eternal life, because eternal life has nothing to do with temporal blessings.  Jesus goes so far as to say "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." 

           The disciples are flabbergasted by this, responding "Who then can be saved?"   At this time, even they believe there must be something special about the ones following Jesus, that they are doing that one thing necessary to earn salvation.  They are purely flummoxed that those who seem to have the inside track in the earthly realm are not necessarily on their sure way to heaven, and indeed may find it more difficult to get there.  "Who then can be saved?" is the cry of all who see the road to salvation in good works.   Jesus completely slams this door in our faces.

           We do not get to heaven by being good or even by giving away all we have.  We get to heaven because Jesus is the lamb of God who has taken away the sin of the world!  Yes, even prostitutes and tax collectors who believe in this Way will enter heaven before any who trust in their good deeds, or even any who would give away all that they have.

           God makes no distinction.  As Paul says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) ,  and "for God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all" (Romans 11:32). It is indeed impossible for man -- even a young rich one -- to save himself, but all things are possible with God.

           So let go of all that hinders.  Whether it be wealth or the lack thereof;  health or the lack thereof;  good deeds or the lack thereof;  prayers or the lack thereof;  tithes or the lack thereof;  pious meditation or the lack thereof;  any and everything or the lack thereof;  simply trust, believe, take it on faith, that Jesus has covered all your sin.  When God looks at you, He sees His Son, Jesus. That is the blood-dipped robe we all wear (Revelation 7:14 ).   With Him all things are possible, even saving an old sinner like you or me.

           Remember Whose you are,

               Pastor Lou

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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- June 27, 2021

Pentecost +5, year B -- "Go Into Peace"

First Reading:      Lamentations 3:22-33
Psalm:                  Psalm 30
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15
Gospel Reading:  Mark 4:21-43

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 6.27.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 6.27.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
   WoV   771    Great  Is Thy Faithfulness
    WoV  738     Healer of Our Every Ill
    Printed                 Lord, 'tis Not That I did Choose Thee  (tune: Beach Spring -- WoV 697)
    ReC   50        Now Thank We All Our God
                                                                                                                                                                           
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Readings, Announcements for June 27, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Pentecost +5

June 27, 2021
First Reading: Lamentations 3:22-33
Psalm:  Psalm 30
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; 13-15
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 5:21-43
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday June 27

Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
       (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast)
Thursday July 1 Confirmation class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM   (date change)

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
   For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
    Karen (Grethe's daughter), benign tumor between skull & brain, but causing some issues;  surgery expected;
   Baby Zane & mom Lily (Sharon's neice); in utero at only4 lbs, that he not come early so his lungs can mature;
   the Neust-l & D-wns families as Judene's sister, Angie, has lost her cancer battle (but won the victory!);

   Virgil R., (block 89 neighbor farmer), severely injured in car vs hay stacker accident last week;
  
Vicki G., (ILC friend, community member), at Columbia Crest; that her spirits be raised (under treatment for cancer);
   Don H., that continued intermittent health issues from 2020 can finally be resolved;
   Carlos S. (missionary Danelle's husband), feeling well in spite of heart function at 14% after massive heart attack in March;
   "David,"  who visited us last Sunday, to find some direction and relief from the coming heat;
   Joe M., some eye issues; other health concerns;
  Dylan O, while at ROTC camp, Ft. Knox, KY; (6 wks beginning 5/23);

   Juanita O., (ILC friend), healing a severely broken leg in long-term care; and Harley at home;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk iss
ues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
   Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;

> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law)
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Neustels, Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>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:
       especially  (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
       and (law enforcement)  Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especially Sarah & David H;  Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;  Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Ben & Lauren; Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
    -- Happy Birthday this week to Annalise (6/27); Ellene C. (7/3);
      -- Happy Anniversary to Tim & Carleen (6/30); Iver & Laurie (6/23);
      -- Congratulations to Fred & Jessica; son #2  = Erik Olaf Aboulhosn;  (Great-grandmother Grethe & grandparents Iver & Laurie;)

> Continued prayers for:
     Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;  Brenna;  Danelle & Carlos;  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).


Crossroads Baby Bottle Fundraiser
Filled bottles have been delivered to Crossroads for this Mother's-Father's Day fundraiser -- but we still have empty bottles available, and can continue to collect them all year long.


Seeking Auction Donations
"Hello Facebook Friends! We are getting ready for our Independence from Hunger Food Drive and need your help. If you are an artist, local business, know someone one that may be interested, or would personally like to donate to our online auction we would appreciate it if you could reach out to us. All items donated will be placed in the auction. The auction will go live July 1, 2021 (or before) and run for about 3 weeks. 100% of all money raised will be donated to our Independence for Hunger Community Partner Care Sacks. All donations stay local to help provide sack lunches to those experiencing food insecurities. If you can help please respond to the post or send us a message. Sharing this post will also help a great deal. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. That is a HUGE goal and cannot be done without the support of our community. Thank you in advance." (--from Kris E., ML Grocery Outlet)
Seeking Rodeo Anthem Singers
Contact Mike Harris if you or someone you know would be interested/willing to sing the National Anthem for one evening of the 2021 Grant County Rodeo.  I believe he said there are 5 opportunities.  Need not be a professional or perfect singer but ability to carry a tune helps :)


Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"

Attendance last Sunday; June 20, 2021:  49
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A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #60 -- Christ Among Us

Christ Among Us                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6.25.2021  

               

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask,
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there an I among them."

Matthew 18:19-20

          When first reading this promise from Jesus, a person will stop and puzzle to themselves and say, "Well, this one certainly isn't true. There are prayers offered all of the time in the name of Jesus by two or more people that are never answered." When confronted by thoughts such as this, it is best to dig a little deeper, listen a little closer, and pay closer attention to what is actually being said and promised before leaving the text and walking away from Jesus and his Word.

          One of the interesting aspects of this promise is Jesus beginning with the word "again."  What exactly is he highlighting and emphasizing by saying "Again I say to you..." ?  In chapter 18 of Matthew, Jesus begins by rebuking the disciples for trying to figure out who is the greatest among the disciples.  There is to be no jockeying for position, honor, or glory among his followers.  They are to serve.  He warns that temptations to sin will be ever-present, but is must not be that sin will be fomented by his followers ("Woe to the one by whom temptations come," verse 8).  Jesus concludes the first part of Matthew 18 with the parable of the lost sheep.  The heavens rejoice over a lost sheep that is found.  The Father in heaven cares for each of us to that degree. This is what the "again" is all about! How much the Father cares about us .

          The middle of chapter 18 is about settling differences between members of the community.  Repentance and humility are indicated to help a lost brother or sister (a lost sheep) to be returned to the fellowship.  This is so deeply desired by God the Father that He promises to honor our forgiveness toward each other.  See how great the Father's love for us is.  This is the preceding context for the promise Jesus states in verse 19, "Again I say to you." In other words, I have one more example of how much the Father loves you.  What an example it is.

          Jesus says the Father will do anything that is asked for by two who can agree.  The language here is interesting.  "Whenever two on earth agree," the Father will do all that they ask.  The Greek here is probably tough to grasp.   In English we use "anything" they ask;  the Greek is panta pragmatos, which is all common, everyday earthly stuff.  If two are asking to win the lottery, that is not really what is implied here.  What this is about is praying about  everyday vocational, routine, mundane tasks consistent with God's will.   Remember, "Thy will be done..."   God will answer prayers in His time and His way, according to His will.  But it is His will that we should "live long and prosper" in the land He gives us, (the promise in Deuteronomy connected to keeping the law).  So whenever two or more can agree on what everyday godly living could be, and God hears us praying for that, it will happen.  Of course, where four Lutherans are gathered, there are probably five opinions about what a godly course of action really is!  So if this promise doesn't seem to work, it is our problem that is indicated -- the poverty of our asking, not the poverty of God's giving.

          The passage closes with a great comfort that is always true, whether we can agree among ourselves or not:  "Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." Jesus is the truly faithful one.  That remains our focus.

          Remember Whose you are,

              Pastor Lou

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Fourth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- June 20, 2021

Pentecost +4, year B -- "Have You Heard?"

First Reading:      Job 38:1-11
Psalm:                  Psalm 124
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Gospel Reading:  Mark 4:35-41

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 6.20.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 6.20.2021 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        6    Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ReC   249    Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me
ReC     58    Sent Forth By God's Blessing                                                                                                                                                                                              
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Readings, Announcements for June 20, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



Pentecost +4

June 20, 2021
First Reading: Job 38:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 124
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Gospel Lesson: Mark 4:35-41
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday June 20



Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
       (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast)


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY -- Join us for Pie Fellowship following the service today!

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
   For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
    Evie E., with the added stresses of having to move from her home during repairs after a plumbing flood;
   the Neustel & Downs families as Judene's sister, Angie, has lost her cancer battle (but won the victory!);

   Virgil R., (block 89 neighbor farmer), severely injured in car vs hay stacker accident last week;
  
Vicki G., (ILC friend, community member), at Columbia Crest; that her spirits be raised (under treatment for cancer);
   Don H., that continued intermittent health issues from 2020 can finally be resolved;
   Carlos S. (missionary Danelle's husband), heart procedures while recovering from massive heart attack in March;
   Joe M., some eye issues; other health concerns;
  Dylan O, while at ROTC camp, Ft. Knox, KY; (6 wks beginning 5/23);

   Juanita O., (ILC friend), healing a severely broken leg in LTC;  Harley at home;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk iss
ues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
   Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;

> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law)
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Neustels, Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>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:
       especially  (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
       and (law enforcement)  Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especially Sarah & David H;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;  Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Ben & Lauren; Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
 
  -- Happy Birthday this week to Evie E. (6/21); Pam H. (6/26);
      -- Happy Anniversary to Tom & Marla (6/22); Iver & Laurie (6/23);
> Continued prayers for:

     Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;  Brenna;  Danelle & Carlos;  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).


Father's Day Pie Fellowship
Please join us this Sunday after the service for a piece of pie, in honor of all Fathers -- those who aspire to be fathers, those who have filled the role of a father, and those who have or have had a father, including our Heavenly Father  :)    An assortment of pies always show up for these events -- so far we have a strawberry-rhubarb and pumpkin pies lined up, with at least two more "undecideds" (coconut cream and chocolate have been 'mentioned' as possibilities ... )    If you are a baker and so inclined, "there's never enough pie."  Ha-ha.


Crossroads Baby Bottle Fundraiser
Although many from Living Word participate in this throughout the year, this Sunday (Father's Day) is the official end date for the Crossroads Baby Bottle Fundraiser.  Fill a bottle or ziplock baggie with spare change, bills, or a check, and return it to the church.  There is also a "text to give" option:  509-761-6420.  ** Thank you for the generous donations already given.**
>> Filled bottles will be delivered to Crossroads before July 1st.


Seeking Auction Donations
"Hello Facebook Friends! We are getting ready for our Independence from Hunger Food Drive and need your help. If you are an artist, local business, know someone one that may be interested, or would personally like to donate to our online auction we would appreciate it if you could reach out to us. All items donated will be placed in the auction. The auction will go live July 1, 2021 (or before) and run for about 3 weeks. 100% of all money raised will be donated to our Independence for Hunger Community Partner Care Sacks. All donations stay local to help provide sack lunches to those experiencing food insecurities. If you can help please respond to the post or send us a message. Sharing this post will also help a great deal. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. That is a HUGE goal and cannot be done without the support of our community. Thank you in advance." (--from Kris E., ML Grocery Outlet)
Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"


Attendance -- last Sunday, June 13, 2021:  46
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A note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #59 -- When You Have Turned

When You Have Turned                                                                                                                                                                                                   6.17.2021  

             

Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18

         
          This promise of Jesus comes as part of the section of Matthew 18 where Jesus teaches how to deal with a brother or sister in the faith who sins against you.  There are a couple of principles taught here with are very important in legal matters right down to our time.  One legal principle which derives from this passage is that the accused has the right to be in the presence of his/her accuser.  The passage makes clear one is to confront the offender personally, then with two or three others, and finally as a community -- but there is always the presence of the accused, and at whatever stage one achieves a change of heart and repentance, the matter is closed.  A second important point here is that nothing comes to the entire community without multiple witnesses.  Hebrew law specified only on the testimony of two or three witnesses could a person be considered and judged guilty of an offense.  With these two injunctions in the passage much legal mischief is derailed.

           This promise of Jesus comes as part of the section of Matthew 18 where Jesus teaches how to deal with a brother or sister in the faith who sins against you.  There are a couple of principles taught here with are very important in legal matters right down to our time.  One legal principle which derives from this passage is that the accused has the right to be in the presence of his/her accuser.  The passage makes clear one is to confront the offender personally, then with two or three others, and finally as a community -- but there is always the presence of the accused, and at whatever stage one achieves a change of heart and repentance, the matter is closed.  A second important point here is that nothing comes to the entire community without multiple witnesses.  Hebrew law specified only on the testimony of two or three witnesses could a person be considered and judged guilty of an offense.  With these two injunctions in the passage much legal mischief is derailed.

           The really important piece here in this promise given by Jesus is that God himself will recognize the forgiveness we grant our neighbors.  God wants us to forgive.  In Leviticus, chapter 19, holding no grudges and seeking no vengeance is the very definition of loving your neighbor as yourself.  In the Lord's Prayer we also pray "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." That is a chilling petition for  those who may declare in a fit of anger or frustration, "I will never forgive that person for what they did!"  In short, God wants forgiveness to be present so much in the world that He promises to honor our forgiveness of others.

           But then there  is the other side of this tremendous promise -- "Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven."  The point of such binding is never eternal condemnation, but rather that the sinner recognize the seriousness of their infraction, turn, and be forgiven.  When a person insists they have done no wrong or refuses to repent of a wrong, they have bound themselves before God and the community, showing  that they love their behavior, word, or thought more than God.  Being bound in such a sin is a horrifying outcome that we do not wish on anyone.  When faced with an unrepentant sinner, the best any of us can do is walk away and leave them in the hands of our gracious Lord and pray for their repentance.  How He deals with such a one is His business.  This was Jesus' response when Peter declared forcefully, "I will never leave you," when the Lord knew he was going to deny three times.  Jesus said "When you have turned, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:32). Until the turning in tears and sorrow happened, Peter was indeed bound in his arrogance.  Perhaps that is our best response to an unrepentant sinner in our midst --  "I forgive you.  When you turn, strengthen others."  It is best to think of our fellow sinners the way Jesus thinks toward us, "Father, forgive them, for they never know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)

           Remember Whose you are,

               Pastor Lou

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Third Sunday after Pentecost -- Sermon audio/service video -- June 13, 2021

Pentecost +3, year B -- "The Kingdom of Heaven"

First Reading:      Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm:                  Psalm 1
Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (11-17)
Gospel Reading:  Mark 4:26-34

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 6.13.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 6.13.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
ReC    34   This is My Father's World
WoV  760 For the Fruit of All Creation
LBW 234 Almighty God, Your Word is Cast
LBW 261  On What Has Now Been Sown
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Readings, Announcements for June 13, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway,  and on Facebook LIVE



-- Mark 4:30-32       


Pentecost +3

June 13, 2021
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm:  Psalm 1
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (11-17)
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 4:26-34
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday June 13



Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
       (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast)


Wedding Anniversary of Martin & Katie Luther  (June 13, 1525)
Monday June 14 Quarterly Member Meeting:  7 PM, fellowship hall
Sunday June 20 Happy Father's Day = Pie Day Fellowship :)  
    > Please sign up to bring a pie if you would like to (sheet 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;
   For those those who are fighting or recovering from infection by the COVID virus; healthcare workers;
    the Neustel & Downs families as Judene's sister, Angie, has lost her cancer battle (but won the victory!);

   Virgil R., (block 89 neighbor farmer), critically injured in car vs hay stacker accident this week;
  
Vicki G., (ILC friend, community member), at Columbia Crest; that her spirits be raised (under treatment for cancer);
   Don H., that continued intermittent health issues from 2020 can finally be resolved;
   Carlos S. (missionary Danelle's husband), heart procedures while recovering from massive heart attack in March;
   Joe M., some eye issues; other health concerns;
  Dylan O, while at ROTC camp, Ft. Knox, KY; (6 wks beginning 5/23);

   Juanita O., (ILC friend), healing a severely broken leg;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk iss
ues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
   Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation;

> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law)
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy-- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma; Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both withy glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Neustels, Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>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:
       especially  (military)  Jonathan P,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
       and (law enforcement)  Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C.
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especially Sarah & David H;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O; Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;  Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle; Josh & Amanda; Glen & Erika;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
 
  -- Happy Birthday this week to Carmen S. (6/16); Lisel Kell-r (6/16); Eli H. (6/16);
      -- Happy Anniversary to Chadd & Hannah S. (6/17); Todd & Pam R. (6/18);
> Continued prayers for:
     Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;  Brenna;  Danelle & Carlos;  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).


Crossroads Baby Bottle Fundraiser
Although many from Living Word participate in this throughout the year, the Crossroads Baby Bottle Fundraiser *officially* takes place between Mother's Day (May 9) and Father's Day (June 20) each year.  Fill a bottle or ziplock baggie with spare change, bills, or a check, and return it to the church or to Crossroads on/before June 20.  There is also a "text to give" option:  509-761-6420.  ** Thank you for the generous donations already given.**

Quarterly Member Meeting: June 14, 2021, 7:00 PM, in the fellowship hall.  Contact Curtis or Debbie if you have an agenda item.

2021 Graduates
Raven K. -- completed an AA in medical assisting from BBCC.
Chance C. -- will graduate from Warden High School on June 11, 2021, and from BBCC with an AA degree.  He will attend Walla Walla Community College in the fall, where he will play baseball on partial scholarship.
Riley C. -- will graduate in August from police academy where he is currently attending at Burien, WA; he will be a deputy sheriff in Columbia County, WA.


CAMP LUTHERHAVEN ANNUAL MEETING
As a member congregation, Living Word is eligible to send a delegation of up to 5 people (18+) to the Annual Lutherhaven Ministries Corporation Meeting on Sunday, August 22.  The congregation will receive one vote on all matters up for ballot at the meeting.  They are seeking nominations for 1-3 board members.  If serving either as a delegate to the meeting, or as a possible board member, is of interest to you, please contact Pastor Lou before June 14.  We can forward the complete Lutherhaven email with all the information to help your consideration.


Seeking Auction Donations
"Hello Facebook Friends! We are getting ready for our Independence from Hunger Food Drive and need your help. If you are an artist, local business, know someone one that may be interested, or would personally like to donate to our online auction we would appreciate it if you could reach out to us. All items donated will be placed in the auction. The auction will go live July 1, 2021 (or before) and run for about 3 weeks. 100% of all money raised will be donated to our Independence for Hunger Community Partner Care Sacks. All donations stay local to help provide sack lunches to those experiencing food insecurities. If you can help please respond to the post or send us a message. Sharing this post will also help a great deal. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. That is a HUGE goal and cannot be done without the support of our community. Thank you in advance." (--from Kris E., ML Grocery Outlet)
Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"

Attendance -- last Sunday, June 6, 2021:  51