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Fifth Sunday after Epiphany -- sermon audio/service video -- February 7, 2021

Epiphany 5, year B -- "Preaching Is For Proclamation"

First Reading:      Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm:                  Psalm 147:1-11
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:29-39

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 2.07.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 2.07.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
  WoV 652     Arise Your Light Has Come
    ReC    76   Thy Holy Wings (vs. 1-3, 5)
    WoV    716   Word of God, Come Down on Earth
    ReC 265     I Love to Tell the Story                 
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A Note from Pastor Lou: Truly #40 -- Dressed for Service

Dressed for Service                                                                                                                                                                                     2.05.2021  

   

Truly, I say to you,
he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table,
and he will come and serve them.

Luke 12:37b

           This particular promise from the Lord is found in a section of Luke where Jesus is teaching the disciples about being prepared (or not) for the time of judgment and the second coming.  On the one hand, he stresses that we are all known and under the care of the heavenly Father.  Worrying and being anxious cannot add a single hour to a person's life (v. 25), because "it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (v. 32).  But this is no invitation to kick back and wait for God to deal with it all, or to spend our time and gifts on whatever floats your boat.

           Jesus makes it clear we are stewards -- no, even more, slaves, who have been given gifts to manage and work with to the glory of the Father.  We are to "stay dressed for action and keep [our] lamps burning" (v. 35).  In Biblical times, men who went to work needed to tie their long flowing robes up with a belt to prevent entanglement, or simply discard the robe for manual labor in a loin cloth.  Without electricity, the oil burning lamps had to be kept burning and their wicks tended regularly for work to be done indoors or after dark.  We are to be about the business of delivering God's good gifts of everyday life in everyday circumstances to our neighbors in the seemingly mundane tasks that make life healthy and comfortable for all.  In short, we have tasks that the Master expects us to do to the benefit of our neighbors. The whole notion of "while the cat is away the mice will play" is simply to be foreign to the Christian and his way in the world.

           Jesus promise here is somewhat of a surprise, it seems to me.  The good and faithful slave who has worked at his task and remained awake in his work will be invited to the master's table where the roles will be reversed.  The master will dress himself for service, have the faithful slaves recline, and he (the master) will serve them (the slaves).  This is not what one would expect from a typical master/slave relationship.  One would expect a returning master to order the slaves to prepare a feast for the master and his friends and cohorts.  But of course, our Master is different.  "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many." Such is the will and the way of our gracious God.  The only true response for a slave with such a master is to attempt to do likewise.

           In our daily tasks, as we utilize our time, treasure, and talents as faithful slaves of a gracious Master, we do well to stay focused on our tasks serving one another in ways that bring peace, comfort, and joy to others.  Jesus has served us by dressing for his task and work, redeeming us from our sin by His suffering and death on the cross.  Thank you for your service, Lord.

          Remember Whose you are,

           Pastor Lou

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Readings, Announcements for February 7, 2021

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
         Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway, Moses Lake



Epiphany 5

February 7, 2021
First Reading: Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm:  Psalm 147:1-11
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 1:29-39

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday
   
February 7 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM in person and on Facebook live;
  followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (not on LIVE broadcast).  
Tuesday  February 9 Confirmation: Blble class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM, fellowship hall 
Wednesday February 10 Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM:  Hebrews, in the fellowship hall
Saturday February 13 Memorial Service:   Sandra Blazer, 11:00 AM   (no live broadcast)

>> 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;
 
Helen Meyer, (Bill's gramma, age 100), hospitalized, but improving;

    Friends & family of Madeline Erickson, (ILC friend);
  Paul & Holli., and friends adjusting to the loss of
Sandy after a short but hard-fought cancer battle;
Michele B., for continued improvement after back surgery this week;
Hank Buchmann (local author), hospitalized with Covid (ventilator necessary); improving slowly;
  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
  Irene, (Deb's aunt), convalescing after fluid in her lungs;

Dawn V, recovering in hospital after back surgery Feb. 4;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
  Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
Friends and Family battling cancer:       
      Wayne R.,
(friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
     
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); 
      Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
      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 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:
        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; 
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
         especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O;
                     Chris & Jen H.; Kyle & Heather R;

  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle;

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
    -- Happy Birthday this week to Jodi C. (1st), Margot (6th), Ila (9th); & Annika K (10th);
         Happy Anniversary to Mike & Pam (1/31), and Stan & Carmen (2/12);

>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

'SOUP'er Bowl Sunday --- ML Food Bank
Regardless of what you think about football games, there is always a need in our community and this is one way to be reminded.  Please bring a can or two (or more!) of soup to church on Sunday in honor of SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY.   Other non-perishable foods are welcome, as well.  We will collect these each Sunday of February and donate them to the ML Food Bank in March.


Magazines and Extra Bracelets Available
The latest Connections Magazine is on the table in the fellowship hall near the kitchen;  There are also extra Isaiah 43:1 bracelets there if you'd like to share one with a friend or two!

USDA Food Box Community Distribution Event*
"Moses Lake Christian Church is partnering with Cascadia Produce to be a distribution location for USDA food boxes.  [They will be] giving away boxes from "truck to trunk" to anyone who would like a 30 ound box of food."   Every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  now through February 25th -- Moses Lake Christian Church on Yonezawa Blvd.   Boxes are free and there is no 'proof of need' required to receive a box.  Typical box contains potatoes, onions, apples, other veg/fruit, a gallon of milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, pre-cooked meats.
*Demand is high;  week one they were out of boxes by noon.

ASH WEDNESDAY and the LENTEN SEASON
   Ash Wednesday Service:  7:00 PM, February 17 -- in person, and online Facebook LIVE.

>>Due to virus restrictions, we will forego the tradition of gathering before the Lenten services for the simple soup & bread suppers at the church.
     You might consider a smaller gathering of 2-3 families at someone's home instead, as far as you are comfortable.

   Wednesdays during LentFeb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, & 24 -- Lenten Services at 7:00 PM, in person/Facebook LIVE.
     Palm Sunday:  regular Sunday service (Palms distributed on Saturday like last year).  Brunch may be considered if the county has moved to Phase 2.
     Holy Week:  Maundy Thursday Service with the Lord's Supper, April 1, 7 PM;  Good Friday Service, April 7, 7:00 PM
    Easter Sunday:  April 3, 9:00 AM  -- if you are willing/able to supply special music (vocal, instrumental), let us know!


Take a Break at Lutherhaven
"Need Last-Minute Valentine's Day Plans? Come relax and celebrate with your loved ones at Camp Lutherhaven! Spend your weekend enjoying...- Lakeside hikes and bonfires; Heated log cabins; Quality time in the mountains; Quiet spaces for reading devotionals and journaling; Archery, mini-golf, arts & crafts, board games, and other fun camp activitie.  Only $50/night, and all inclusive meal plans are available."  Reservation requests can be made online or by calling Laura, camp registrar, at 208.667.3459, ext. 119.

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Attendance:  last Sunday, 1.31.2021 --  35
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Fourth Sunday after Epiphany; Rector Memorial -- sermon audio/service video -- Jan. 31, 2021

Epiphany 4, year B -- "The Demons of Life"

First Reading:      Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm:                  Psalm 111
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:21-28

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.31.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.31.2021 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     73     Borning Cry
      ReC    211     Great Is Thy Faithfulness
      ReC   214     Give Me Jesus
    ReC   252     Beautiful Savior
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Readings, Announcements for January 31, 2021

                              Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
          Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway, Moses Lake


Epiphany 4

January 31, 2021
First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Psalm:  Psalm 111
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 1:21-28

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday
   
January 31 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM in person and on Facebook live;
   
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(not on LIVE broadcast).  
Tuesday  February 2 Confirmation: Blble class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM, fellowship hall 
Wednesday February 3 Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM:  Hebrews, 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;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, still working tirelessly against the virus;

   Friends & family of Madeline Erickson, (ILC friend);
   Paul & Holli., and friends mourning the loss of
Sandy after a short but hard-fought cancer battle;
 
Michele B., for continued improvement after back surgery this week;
  Hank Buchmann (local author), hospitalized with Covid (ventilator necessary); improving slowly;
   Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
   Irene, (Deb's aunt), convalescing after fluid in her lungs;
   Dawn V,
mostly recovered from COVID illness except fatigue; new back surgery date Feb. 4;
   Mike H., also experiencing some back pain/muscle spasm issues recently;
   Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:        
       Arlene  (Wayne's wife) for continued remission;
       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); 
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       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 Tuckers, the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    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; 
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
         especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.; Lars & Alyssa O;
                    (yes, that's THREE grandchildren on the way in 2021 for Iver and Laurie O.!)

   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle;

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
     -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) is free of cancer for now -- next check up in 6 months
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

Memorial Services
- The January 31 Sunday service will be a joint "normal Sunday service" and memorial for our sister, Joyce, who died quietly in November. - A service is being planned for Sandy Blazer on February 13; unlike Sunday worship (at 25% of room capacity), congregation size for funerals is limited by governor mandate to 30 people. An audio recording will be made for those who are not able to attend.

Pro-Life Rally in ML

If you are so inclined --  Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 PM -- Begin West (in front of) Penhalluricks True Value on Stratford Road in Moses Lake -- "Please wear a mask;  Church signs or banners are welcome" -- Sponsored by Knights of Columbus;  supported by Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center -- Questions:  Mark Krcma 509-660-0102.


Magazine and Extra Bracelets Available
The latest Connections Magazine is on the table in the fellowship hall near the kitchen;  There are also extra Isaiah 43:1 bracelets there if you'd like to share one with a friend or two!

USDA Food Box Community Distribution Event
"Moses Lake Christian Church is partnering with Cascadia Produce to be a distribution location for USDA food boxes.  [They will be] giving away boxes from "truck to trunk" to anyone who would like a 30 ound box of food."   Every Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM,  now through February 25th -- Moses Lake Christian Church on Yonezawa Blvd.   Boxes are free and there is no 'proof of need' required to receive a box.  Typica box contains potatoes, onions, apples, other veg/fruit, a gallon of milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream, pre-cooked meats.

LW COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Not too early to apply for a Living Word college scholarship -- available to members and children or grandchildren of members who are high school graduates attending college or trade school full time.  Request an application by replying to this email.


Online Lenten Bible Study
If you would like to participate in an online Zoom Bible study during the weeks of Lent, Rev. Dr. Steven King (managing editor at Sola Publishing and a friend of ours) will be leading one focusing on the subject of the Atonement.  This study is called "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?"  and will take place using the Zoom meeting platform, beginning Monday February 22 at 4 PM Pacific Time (6 Central) and continuing for 6 sessions.  To sign up, send an email to alittle@solapublishing.com.  A study book is available for purchase on the Sola website or order by phone at 1-888-887-9840.


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Attendance:  last Sunday, 1.24.2021 --  39
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A Note from the Pastor: Truly # 39 -- More Than a Carpenter

More than a Carpenter                                                                                                                                                                          1.28.2021  

Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown.

Luke 4:24

           Jesus has returned to his hometown, Nazareth.  He has been out and about, teaching, healing, miraculously feeding people, and casting out demons.  His reputation has grown and the people in the home village want to know what he is up to.  They know him, or think they do anyway, as "Joseph the carpenter's son," or "Mary's boy come home," or "that brother of those other 'normal' kids" in the family.  The people wonder what the big deal is, and they want him to prove to them that he is really the wonder-worker people are saying he is.  Precisely therein lies the problem. 

           Bo Giertz, in a short devotion on this incident, highlights that this need to "prove" is the essential nature of unbelief.  Unbelievers do not have to deny God's existence, but set themselves  up as superior by demanding that the Lord meet their standard before they will believe.  In other words, "prove to me, God, to my satisfaction, that you are who you say you are."  The statement basically insists "I am in charge here.  Dance to my rhythm or get lost."

           Jesus (and the Father, for that matter), will have nothing to do with this.  He is who he says he is.  His word is enough for that.  If you can't trust the word, then trust what he has done.  All the way back throughout scripture, scripture records what God has done.  Jesus will eventually say "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:31, the parable of the rich man and Lazarus).  A childlike faith that is simply about love, reverence, obedience, and childlike trust is what is needed and will be blessed when and whenever God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- chooses.  God is not a Pez dispenser who responds to whatever request is made or demanded.  He is the Lord, not you or me.

           This will remain a problem in Jesus' ministry as the Pharisees demand signs and proof that he is who he says he is.  Eventually, even on the cross, one of the thieves beside him will demand, "If you are the Son of God, get us out of here."  And Jesus does not respond to that man on the cross at all;  as far as we know, he died in his unbelief.  The other thief, who simply asked to be remembered when Jesus came into his kingdom, received the word we all eventually want to hear, "Today you will be with me in paradise."

           So the people of Nazareth, astonished at his teaching but unbelieving all the way, get no sign and get very few mighty acts.  Indeed, the only thing they are promised is the sign of Jonah -- death and resurrection which will happen at the appointed time.  St. Paul might as well have been writing a commentary on this statement of Jesus in his letter to the Corinthians where he writes: 

For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.   (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)        

           So dear friends, take Jesus at his word.  No need to prove anything.  God does not lie.  Jesus is Lord.  "Do not disbelieve, but believe." (John 20:27b)

           Remember Whose you are,

           Pastor Lou

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Third Sunday after Epiphany -- sermon audio/service video -- Jan. 24, 2021

Epiphany 3, year B -- "Hearing the Call"

First Reading:      Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm:                  Psalm 62
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 7:29-35
Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:14-20

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.24.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.24.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
  ReC   230     Be Thou My Vision
      ReC    184     Jesus Calls Us; o'er the Tumult
      ReC    239     You Have Come Down to the Lakeshore
    ReC 190     Blessed Assurance
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A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly # 38 -- Ups and Downs

Ups and Downs                                                                                                                                                                                                                1.22.2021  

     

Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice,
you will deny me three times.

Mark 14:30

          The narrative in which this statement of Jesus is found is recorded in all four of the Gospels. Luke does not include a "Truly I say unto you" statement in his account, but Matthew and John also record this event with this saying of Jesus. As is true of all eye-witness accounts, the narratives vary slightly in the details they record. This is one way crime-scene investigators recognize the truthfulness of an account. If all witnesses to an event agree in every detail, investigators realize they are hearing a narrative that was concocted by the narrators for nefarious reasons. Accounts which vary in details are delivering a "true" perception of an actual event. Here in Mark's gospel, we are receiving what is considered to be Peter's rendition of the events of that last evening Jesus spent with the disciples, since Mark is traditionally believed to have traveled with and reported Peter's preaching in this gospel. The fact that all four gospels report and record these events should give an indication just how important this night's events were in the account of God's mighty acts in the world.

           Therefore, Peter himself, in great humility and in the interest of divine truth, reports the events of his own shortcomings and miscalculations in his relationship with Jesus.  In one way, it had to be embarrassing to Peter to tell how at one point Jesus called him blessed by God for his declaration at Caesarea Philippi that Jesus is "the Christ, the Son of the Living God," only to be termed "Satan" by Jesus in virtually the next word from the Master when he (Peter) tells Jesus "It cannot be that you will go to Jerusalem and die."    (Up then down).

           Mark's gospel is generally not flattering to the disciples.  Demons recognize Jesus while the disciples wonder "Who is this guy?"  The disciples are amazed at things Jesus does and things they can do in his name.  Peter, in particular, as "spokesman" for the disciples, regularly suffers from foot-in-mouth disease, most famously on the Mount of Transfiguration when he proclaims, "Lord it is good that I am here,  Let us build three tents for you, Moses, and Elijah."  This one even earns a rebuke from the voice of the Father in heaven, "This is my beloved Son, listen to him," you ding-a-ling -- my paraphrase.  (Up to the mountain, down by the word from heaven.)

           But Peter outdoes even himself on this night.  Jesus tells everyone "One of you will betray me," and "You will all fall away." Peter insists he will never fall away, even if it means dying with Jesus.  The rest of the disciples follow Peter's lead with the same kind of promise.  Jesus silences the group with "Truly I say to you [singular, meaning Peter], before the rooster crows twice you will deny me three times."  Up, down -- Peter the leader will lead in denials.  And so it goes.  Peter reports his humiliation.  He did indeed deny three times; he is caught by Jesus looking right at him  as the rooster crows, and he leaves in deep and bitter tears.  He who promised never to abandon the Lord had denied him three times.  Up... and down again.  Mark's gospel (Peter's report) does not include the narrative of Jesus restoring Peter.  We get that from John's gospel.  Peter's pride of place and in place is forever destroyed.  To himself he will always be the one who denied Jesus in his own strength who must rely solely on the goodness and grace of Jesus for his salvation.  Tradition reports that at the event of his own crucifixion for being a follower of Jesus, Peter said he was unworthy to die a death like his Lord, so the soldiers accommodated him by crucifying him upside down.

           Peter reports his own failures and shortcomings in following Jesus so that we too can come to the understanding and faith that he held.  In our own strength and will, try as we might, we cannot be faithful and true to a holy God and His Son and Spirit.  Our hope -- our sole hope in this life and the next -- is atonement made for us on the cross by our Lord Jesus.  Unless you believe you are better and stronger than Peter, the one declared by Jesus to be the Rock on which the Church is built, this is the only confession and faith to be made.

           Jesus is the only way off the roller coaster of enthusiastic  self-congratulation, followed by the agony of denial.

      Remember Whose you are,

           Pastor Lou

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Readings, Announcements for January 24, 2021

                            Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
         Sunday Service each week at 9:00 AM, 2609 West Broadway, Moses Lake

Epiphany 3

January 24, 2021
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Psalm:  Psalm 62
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (32-35)
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 1:14-20

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday
   
January 24 Service of the Word, 9:00 AM in person and on Facebook live;
  followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament , (not on LIVE broadcast).  
Tuesday  January 26 Confirmation: Blble class -- 6:00 - 7:00 PM, fellowship hall 
Wednesday January 27 Bible study -- 7:00 - 8:30 PM:  Hebrews, 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;
   
Health care and long-term care facility workers, still working tirelessly against the virus;

   Friends & family of Madeline Eri-kson, (ILC friend);
  Paul & Holli., and friends of
Sandy (Jan.19) after a short but hard-fought cancer battle;
 
Michele B., back surgery to fuse L4-L5 vertebrae scheduled for January 25;  
    Hank B-chmann (local author), seriously ill with Covid (ventilator necessary); improving slowly;

  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) DeAnne under hospice care (Alzheimers);
  Irene, (Deb's aunt), in hospital with fluid in her lungs (possible congestive heart failure?);
  Dawn V,
fighting COVID infection since Christmas; back surgery postponed; arthritis/nerve impingement in her arm;
    Mike H., also experiencing some back pain/muscle spasm issues recently;
  Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), neck & spinal disk issues; Jennifer, (Charlene's daughter), eye pressure issues;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery or even transplant may be needed;

Evie E., at home & Gordon E. at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
  Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during this extended isolation; 
Friends and Family battling cancer:       
      Arlene  (Wayne's wife) for continued remission;
      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); 
      Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
      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 Tuckers, the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila;
    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; 
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
         especially Sara & Chris F.; Sarah & David H; Jake & Annalise C.;  Jessica & Fred A.;

  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Darby & Talen; Gaige & Danielle;

>>> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
    -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) is free of cancer for now -- next check up in 6 months!
>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone;   Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane) -- the people of Ethiopia and farmers of South Africa.

Music!
>> Seeking a little musical talent to play the liturgy and hymns as needed, up to twice/month.   Piano, organ, guitar, flute or any other instrument would/could work and could be a lovely bit of variety if you are willing to give it a go -- even just the melody line would be helpful.  Please contact Pastor Lou, Debbie, or Laura Lea.  This could be an on-going need for a time until Dawn's nerve impingement issue gets resolved.  Plan B would be someone who can work an ipod for recording and replays... 

Medical Transport
If anyone is planning a trip to Wenatchee on Tuesday, January 26 (or could make one), we have a friend who needs a ride to a morning eye doctor appointment there.  It is not known exactly how long the appointment will take.  Contact Pastor Lou.


Pro-Life Rally in ML

If you are so inclined --  Sunday, January 31 at 1:00 PM -- Begin West (in front of) Penhalluricks True Value on Stratford Road in Moses Lake -- "Please wear a mask;  Church signs or banners are welcome" -- Sponsored by Knights of Columbus;  supported by Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center --   Questions:  Mark Krcma 509-xxx-xxxx.



LCMC Connections Magazine
The latest copy has arrived -- find them in the Fellowship hall on the table near the kitchen, along with several months of back issues.  Read, keep, or share!

LW COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Not too early (or too late for spring term 2021) to apply for a Living Word college scholarship -- available to members and children or grandchildren of members who are high school graduates attending college or trade school full time.  Request an application by replying to this email.


Donations for ML Homeless
The ML Sleep Center
(for the homeless) located on Broadway Extended at Hwy 17 could use a few items for the people they serve in overnight housing, if you are so inclined or have extra to give:  gloves, blankets, boots, shoes, men/women's jeans, men's underwear, and/or individually wrapped snacks.

UPDATE:  COVID Viris Vaccinations
(As seen on Grant County Health Dept. Facebook page Jan. 18) If you would like to be vaccinated -- "Phase 1B is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations! The good news is it has been expanded to include anyone over the age of 65 as well as those over 50 who live in multigenerational housing. The bad news, WA is only currently getting 100,000 doses per week for the whole state and millions are now eligible. Please be patient if you are eligible, but can't get a vaccination yet. Your healthcare providers, Grant County Health District, and the state are working towards getting more vaccine into our county." Go to FindYourPhaseWA.org. DO NOT purchase a vaccine by phone, even if they give you an appointment time and location -- there are scammers ready to take your money and presonal information ...

Online Lenten Bible Study
If you would like to participate in an online Zoom Bible study during the weeks of Lent, Rev. Dr. Steven King (managing editor at Sola Publishing and a friend of ours) will be leading one focusing on the subject of the Atonement.  This study is called "Why Did Jesus Have to Die?"  and will take place using the Zoom meeting platform, beginning Monday February 22 at 4 PM Pacific Time (6 Central) and continuing for 6 sessions.  To sign up, send an email to Amy at  alittle@solapublishing.com.  A study book is available for purchase on the Sola website or order by phone at 1-888-887-9840.


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


Attendance:  last Sunday, 1.17.2021 --  31
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Second Sunday after Epiphany -- sermon audio/service video -- Jan. 17, 2021

Epiphany 2, year B -- "A Word for Samuel"

First Reading:      1 Samuel 3:1-20
Psalm:                  Psalm 139:1-10
Second Reading: 
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Gospel Reading:  John 1:43-51

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 1.17.2021

Facebook LIVE video -- 1.17.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
    WOV  649      I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
      ReC     267   Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak
        WOV  752      I, the Lord of Sea and Sky
      ReC    232     He Leadeth Me