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Readings, Announcements for August 30, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church



Pentecost +13
August 30, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm: Psalm 26
Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday August 30

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 at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later in the day.

>> 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;
      
Lexie H., for good health and strength as she enters the final weeks before baby girl arrives;   
      
Connie, (Debbie's aunt), recovering from stomach surgery Aug. 25, tumor removal, round of chemo starting;
     Dawn V, for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
    
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
      
Michele B., SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
     Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation;
  Friends and Family battling cancer:      
       Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
        Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

        Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and medical trials;
        Toni S. (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, Ellene, Raven, Lane, and Laura Lea;
      --  Congratulations, Jonathan --
a new baby daugher with Rachal last week, and air defense training graduate this week!

>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Patty F*de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R*gers --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reyn*lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Mary  & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My*rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Welcome, little one !
Naomi Grace Pink-rton was born August 18, to Rachal and Jonathan.  6#, 8 oz, and 19.5 inches long;  mom and baby are doing well.  Naomi was named after Jonathan's grandmother, who first recognized his talent at the piano.  Jonathan would not have been able to attend the birth had Rachal traveled to Oklahoma for it (as initially planned); good friend and godmother to the other kids, Kathryn, was present for support.  Prayers of Thanksgiving!

Congratulations, Jonathan!
Jonathan Pink-rton completed and graduated from the
US Army air defense battle management system operator (14G) training program on August 28 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, this meant he was unable to be here for the birth of little Naomi last week, and there are no plans to return to Moses Lake for a visit anytime soon.  In a departure from other ceremonies, the graduation was broadcast on Facebook Live -- here is the link for those who might be interested in viewing it (especially at 7:00 and 11:15).  "He will remain at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma," I believe I heard the officer say on the video.

Mutual Conversation Connections
  * Norm and Linda B-nson -- It is said that "Behind every great man is a great woman," and  sometimes you will find Linda riding behind Norm on the Harley while they do a little traveling.  They have been all over this country, including Sturgis, South Dakota (but not this year!), as they enjoy this cycling hobby together.  Both of them have been keeping busy working right through these past months, pretty much as normal.  Linda works at her shop, the Hair Affair in Moses Lake, 3 days/week, where she's been for 23 years now.   Norm was in the insurance sales business, part owner at Blessing and Associates in ML until he "retired," and among other things, has driven trucks for potato or corn harvest in the area.  He is currently working 5 days/week for Boeing at the ML airport cleaning under the parked airplanes (about 240 of them!) so that when they are started up periodically, the engines won't suck up debris.   They have 2 adult children (Scott and Bertina) and 6 grandchildren.  "Life is good!" is a good motto for them.

  * Evie Ell-stad -- Covid considerations mean that Evie has been unable to come to church in person as she would like to.  She told me to say that she "misses everybody."   Always with a positive attitude and endless trust in the Lord, Evie is one of our best prayer warriors, wherever she is.   This summer she
had her 94th birthday  "drive-by"party at her home, where she still lives on her own.  Evie and husband Vern came to Moses Lake in 1952 or so from Minnesota, where they farmed and Vern did some wood pulp work;  he got started with a meat cutting apprenticeship here and worked up to his own butcher shop.   Vern's Meats  continued to be family owned until just a few years ago when Tom and Larry "retired."  Vern and Evie were married for  65 years until his passing about 11 years ago;  they have/had 4 children (Larry, Tom, Alice, & Roger),  and has lost count on grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  For those keeping track of these things, Gordon E.  is Vern's younger brother.  Evie says she is"so blessed" to be where she is and has no pains other than a little arthritis in her hands;  she still drives herself to the bank once in a while too.  She has stopped using her email, but does use Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends, and she welcomes phone calls.... her number is in the member directory.

  * Ben and Kelli H-sse Family -- We see them pretty often ourselves, (Ben is our second child of 3, and only son), but it occurs to me that not everyone has!  Once school was cancelled this spring, Nicholas, Eli, and Lauren were home full time with baby sis, Adah, finishing the school year online.  The boys each got a 4-H lamb to raise, which were recently sold at the Grant County Fair online auction.  The 3 older kids help Ben and Papa Lou at the farm, building sheep fences, spraying weeds, and mowing.    When you see them in person again, you will notice a distinct height increase with Nic since last winter, and Adah is no longer a little baby, now running and trying to talk  a little bit.  She is stingy with her friendship until she is ready, though.  The kids will be all online with school this year, probably for the whole year, in their out-of-district program.  Ben is farming as usual  (as an 'essential worker'), with lots of corn acres this year;  and Kelli and the kids have their own farming going on with a pretty good sized (and very productive) back yard garden.  If you need some eggs, check the refrigerator at the church -- when the chickens get ahead of their ability to use them all, sometimes a spare dozen or 4 show up in there!  Ben and Kelli celebrated their 15th wedding annivesary in July with a parts run to Astoria, Oregon where they had their anniversary dinner "curbside."

  >> 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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Attendance last Sunday, 8.23.2020 --  26
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From Pastor Lou: Truly truly #18 -- Who is the Servant?

Who Is the Servant?                                                                                                                                                                                               8.28.2020

               

“Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master,

nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him."

John 13:16 

          At first hearing, one can simply dismiss this proverbial statement from Jesus with  "well, of course this is true." A servant (slave, in the Greek original) is always of lower status than his master, and a messenger is always a lesser official than the one who originated the message which is to be delivered.  End of story, right?

          Well, not so fast.

          Context tells us Jesus is really exhibiting, demonstrating, and driving home one of the most important facets of what it means to be a Christian.  This statement from Jesus comes immediately after he has washed the feet of his disciples prior to their last evening together.  He has had an argument with Peter, as initially Peter refused to allow Jesus to wash his feet.  To Peter, this was way below the Lordship he felt for his master Jesus.  Peter's Lord (Jesus) could never be seen engaging in such a menial task as washing feet!  That job was reserved for the lowest of the low-ranking slaves in any Jewish household.  It was not something Peter's Lord should ever do.  Peter is rebuked by Jesus, "If I do not wash you, then you have no share with me," and Peter submits.  We need to think on this.

          Since Peter had declared Jesus to be the anointed, the Son of the Living God, Jesus had set his face to go to Jerusalem where he said he would die.  The disciples, in typical worldly fashion, had argued surreptitiously among themselves about who was the greatest among them -- in other words, who would succeed Jesus after Jesus was killed.  It even got to the point that the mother of James and John asked whether her two sons could sit at Jesus' right and left hands in his kingdom.  The ways of the world were in full display.  Let's all play king of the mountain!

          Jesus consistently rebukes this kind of thinking -- "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45), and  "it shall not be so among you.  But whoever would be great among you must be your servant," (Mark 10:43). To demonstrate once and for all the importance of the Christian life as one of servanthood, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples.

          Twenty-first century Americans probably have a hard time grasping just what a lowly and "mean" task this was in first century Palestine.  Footwear was, at its best, open sandals.  The roads and trails were dusty tracks in the summer and slippery mudways in the rainy season.  The main mode of commerce was by donkey, camel, or ox, so there was plentiful animal excrement mixed in with the dust and mud people walked in with their bare feet or open sandals daily.   Every home that could afford such had water pots at the front door with a designated slave whose job it was to wash the dirt and crap off the feet of anyone who wished to enter.  It was a lousy job for the poorest slave in the household.  This is what Jesus did for the disciples.

          John the baptizer, recognizing who Jesus is and what that meant, stated that he was not worthy even to loosen the strap of his sandal (Mark 1:7). John, who Jesus called the greatest of men to be born of a woman (Matthew 11:11), knew Jesus was so much above him that he (John) was not worthy to do the lowest task (washing feet) for Jesus.

          Jesus is Lord.  In his demonstration of bottom-of-the-barrel serving by washing feet, Jesus turns the world upside down.  A slave is not above his master.  Since Jesus washed feet, we serve each other, no matter how lowly the task.  Luther will say a father changing babies' "nappies" is among the highest service in God's kingdom.  Luther had it right.

          The world deals in elites, classes, orders, hierarchies, rankings, totem poles, castes, royalties, and so many other ways of exalting ourselves and degrading those around us.  Jesus is different.  His kingdom is not of this world.  His followers go and do likewise.

          “Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master,

nor a messenger greater than the one who sent him."

    Remember Whose slave you are --

          Pastor Lou

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Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video links -- August 23, 2020

Pentecost +12, year A -- "Remember Whose You Are"

First Reading        Isaiah 51:1-6             
Psalm                    Psalm 138                 
Second Reading    Romans 11:33 - 12:8
Gospel Reading    Matthew 16:13-20     

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 8.23.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 8.23.2020  Part one -- Welcome and first hymn.
Trouble with the technology again -- sorry!  Had to change devices so we are missing from the Confession/Absolution through the beginning of the Psalm today.


Facebook LIVE video -- 8.23.2020  Part Two -- Reading of Psalm to end of service.

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

Today's hymns:
ReC  88     The Church's One Foundation
WoV  710     One Bread, One Body
                          Jesus, Name Above All Names     (OSB  115)      
ReC  252    Beautiful Savior

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Readings, Announcements for August 23, 2020

              Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


Pentecost +12
August 23, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
 
also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm:  Psalm 138
Second Reading: Romans 11:33 - 12:8
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 16:13-20

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday   August 23

  
Sunday Service, 9:00 AM;   followed by the Lord's Supper each week, (off camera).    
  Facebook Live:  9:00 AM
 
Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
       Teachers, parents, admin, and students,
working to figure out what school classes and schedules will look like;
      
Lexie H., for good health as she enters the final weeks before baby girl arrives;      
       Eva K-ller,
newly moved from home to graduate school in California;
      Connie, (Debbie's aunt), "extensive stomach surgery" scheduled for Aug. 25, tumor removal, possible cancer;
      Dawn V, for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
     
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
      
Michele B., SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
      Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
     Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
         Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and medical trials;
         Toni S (wife of 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 P-tnam (and Brenna Mo-s);
   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 (P-tnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --   Safe and healthy delivery of a new baby girl for Rachal and Jonathan on August 18th!
      --   Congratulations to Mike and Pam, new grandson (grandchild #8) born June 15th (Boone Matthew H-rris).

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

Welcome, little one !
Naomi Grace P-nkert-n was born Tuesday evening, August 18, to Rachal and Jonathan.  6#, 8 oz, and 19.5 inches long;  mom and baby are doing well.  Naomi was named after Jonathan's grandmother, who first recognized his talent at the piano.  Jonathan would not have been able to attend the birth had Rachal traveled to Oklahoma for it (as initially planned); good friend and godmother to the other kids, Kathryn, was present for support.  Prayers of Thanksgiving!

New Neighbors!
The Molitors have told us as just an FYI that other part of the building that we call our church home has been rented out to Santos Appliance, Gil Santos, owner.  You may already have seen some activity over there, or the delivery van in the parking lot.  They are closed on Sundays so we anticipate a neighborly relationship.


Mutual Conversation Connections
This week I tried to talk with a few of our teachers or school employees before the start of the new school year --
    * Mike and Pam Har-is -- I contacted the H-rris' during what is normally Grant County Fair week, where Mike is usually helps with the rodeo and other volunteering.  During the covid months, work has continued pretty much as usual;  Mike is an agronomist with Bayer for about 35 years now.  Pam has been teaching kindergarten "for about 20 years" and will stick with that until she retires (which I think is still several years out).  She doesn't yet know if she will be assigned to in-class, blended, or online teaching when the school year starts next month.  They have 3 married sons, and 8 grandchildren, the most recent just born in June (see other announcement in this news letter).  Mike's parents also live in Moses Lake.  Mike likes to go hunting, especially in the back country of Montana, and has a couple of saddle mules he uses for that.  He recently sold the one that threw him off last year and got a new one from Minnesota.  This spring Mike and Pam purchased a "retirement property" in Montana near Connor (south of Missoula), so they have a place to visit and retreat to with family when a break is needed.  In the winter, for the past few years, it has been the H-rris' who have kept our church parking lot cleared of snow, sometimes arriving quite early on a Sunday morning to clear it off with 4-wheeler and blade and/or shovels!  We have so appreciated this special behind-the-scenes ministry they took on for us.
    * Stan and Carmen Stu-cky --  for any who are not aware, Stan was our general contractor for the renovation to the building that we call Living Word Lutheran Church, a job he was definitely chosen for.    He is a builder, having completely remodeled their first home in Moses Lake, then building their next 3 from the bottom up.  They have just moved into the newest house, which is on the Peninsula quite near the neighborhood where Carmen grew up, and next door to their #1 son Matthew,  his wife Ashley, and granddaughter Angie (now age 9).   Stan keeps pretty busy, as demand for his quality workmanship and cabinetmaking skills is high.   Carmen works as the front office secretary at Longview Elementary in Moses Lake.  She did some helping  in getting classes finished up with Angie online at home this spring, but mostly just loves to spend time with this granddaughter after raising 2 sons.  Second son Josh, a Marine veteran, is now an apprentice electrician and lives in the Mae Valley area.

   >> 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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Attendance last Sunday, 8.16.2020 --  18
   
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From Pastor Lou -- Truly, truly #17 -- The Firstborn of a New Creation

The Firstborn of a New Creation                                                                                                                                                   8.20.2020

  

    

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,

it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit"

John 12:24

           Once again,  Jesus makes a statement which must have been almost totally befuddling to his followers.  He and the disciples have entered Jerusalem for the big annual event, the Passover festival.  The crowds have seen Jesus riding a donkey through the city gates with a procession of people waving palm fronds and casting their cloaks in this path.  The crowds were yelling "Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel."  Messianic expectations are high.  It is time to throw off the Roman yoke and establish God's kingdom on earth.  Jesus has been referring to himself as "Son of Man," a loaded term familiar to the people because the prophet Daniel had prophesied that one "like the Son of Man" would come and wreck every other form of earthly tyranny and re-establish a kingdom of God ruled by a descendant of David.  God's chosen people would lead the peoples of the earth who would all bring their gifts and homage to Jerusalem.  Prosperity and blessing are just around the corner!  Why, even some Greeks have made it clear to Philip  "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."

           The Greeks are brought to Jesus and he knows his time has come,  "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified."    AH, here we go.  "This is going to be wonderful.  Jesus is going to rule the world and we are his chosen people,"  or so the disciples and followers of Jesus believe.

           But Jesus surprises ...  he talks of wheat seed dying as cast into the ground.  Then it bears fruit.  What are you talking about, Jesus?

           For us who know "the rest of the story," we realize just what the "glorification" of the Son of Man means.  Jesus knows his betrayal, torture, and crucifixion is coming.  He knows he will be buried soon in a tomb and he knows on the third day he will be raised -- the firstborn of a new creation.  This is the glory of God, that he sent his only Son to die for the sins of all humanity, that that same humanity might have eternal life in his name.

           Jesus speaks an analogy which does make sense to an agrarian people if and when they finally see the whole picture.  As a farmer, I can have a bag of corn seed, 50 pounds in weight.  If I didn't plant it, it remains a bag of seed, usually about 80,000 kernels.  But take that bag of seed and toss it into roughly 2.5 acres, let it sprout, deform, split, be changed -- in other words, die to its old appearance -- and I can get 2.5 acres of growing corn that potentially could produce 20 tons of corn kernels.  Unless the seed is cast into the ground and dies, I will not get that yield.

           Jesus and his Father see this same effect, only in a much bigger way.  Jesus will die.  He will be cast into the ground.  But he will arise, "the firstborn among many brothers," St. Paul will tell us (Romans 8:29).  So this one seed from God becomes the uncountable fruit of those who believe in Jesus and follow him as Lord and Savior.  The harvest is unimaginably huge from God's one seed cast into the ground.  Such is the glory of God.  Such is Jesus' work.  Such was his task.

           We are the beneficiaries of the glory of God.  Jesus is the seed who was cast, died, and was raised, that we, too, might have eternal life.  Since God so loved us and this is God's glory, we love, serve, and even die for one another, that the love of God may shine ever more brightly in this dark old world.

           Thanks be to God.  All glory to God.

     Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/video -- August 16, 2020

Pentecost +11, year A -- "Our Judge, Lawgiver, and King"

First Reading      Isaiah 56:1, (2-5), 6-8       
Psalm                  Psalm 67                         
Second Reading  Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 
Gospel Reading    Matthew 15:21-28 

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 8.16.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 8.16.2020
Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License # A-715845. All rights reserved.

Today's hymns: (ReClaim Hymnal)
   11   Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
  201    Children of the Heavenly Father
    232    He Leadeth Me
    16   All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

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Readings, Announcements for August 16, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church
[These and past announcements, sermon audio and video recordings can also be read online at https://livingwordml.livejournal.com              



Pentecost +11
August 16, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
 
also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm:  Psalm 67
Second Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 15:21-28

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday August 16

 
Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with Rev. Tim Tucker (retired) presiding;
        and the
Lord's Supper, now offered WEEKLY following the LIVE broadcast.      
Facebook Live:  9:00 AM
 
Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
       The citizens of Beirut,
following the devastating explosion this week;
       The people of Iowa after devastating and destructive derecho winds (hurricane force) did its work this week;
     Eva K-ller, newly moved from home to graduate school in California;
     Mary R-thbone, at the sudden unexpected death of her brother-in-law, Robert;
     Rachal P. for good health as she enters the final days before baby #4 arrives;
     Dawn V, for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
    
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
      
Michele B., SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
     Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale-Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:       
       Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
        Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

        Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and medical trials;
        Toni S (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 Schaf-r), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;       
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Dawn V., Evie E., Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P, Riley C, Olaf Mo-re, Brady Em-rson,
             Jordan Matth-ws, Luke St-ver,  Logan H-sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W-rner, David Hu-y, Anandae Cl-rk; 
  Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putn-m (and Brenna Mo-s);
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Rachal & Jonathan P.; Caleb & Lexi H.;
             -- and for those who would like to be;

  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putn-m) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
    --   Safe return of Pastor Lou and Debbie from Montana, and good week up there at "Pastor Camp."
>>> Continued prayers for:
              -- Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R-gers --  Michele B -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R-ynolds (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.

Thank you!
Rev. Tim Tucker (retired) will again conduct the service this week while Pastor Lou keeps distance after returning home from a week at Pastor Camp, as a matter of extra caution. Many thanks for the efforts of Tim, Derek, and Lane in bringing and recording the Facebook LIVE and the sermon audio. 

Beirut Explosion
Three 40-foot shipping containers filled with humanitarian aid that included 22,000 handmade quilts and 125 cartons of baby-care kits were destroyed in the devastating explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4.  The shipment also contained 100 cartons of school kits for students and 300 cartons of personal care kits that were destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories -- all total estimated over $623,000 in losses, not counting "the value of the time and love the quilters and kit-makers put into sewing, assembling and praying over these items."   If you would like to help quickly replenish these losses, more information can be found online here.

Iowa
Nearly 10 million acres (about 1/3) of Iowa's corn crop and into areas of Illinois were blown down and destroyed by hurricane force winds this week, known as a derecho.  Many farms, towns, churches, and business buildings were damaged or completely destroyed.  Please keep these people in your prayers;  they don't get a lot of media or disaster attantion most of the time, but they are an independent lot and will come together in community after these great losses.

Mutual Conversation Connections
   * Eva Kell-r -- A "remote member" of Living Word since the family moved from Moses Lake to Ellensburg many years ago (2013?), Eva finsihed her confirmation studies and was part of the large 2014 confirmation class at Living Word.  After high school she went on to college, graduating in 2019 from New St. Andrews College in Moscow Idaho.   This past year she has been teaching a 2/3rd grade blended class at the Jubilee School in Moscow, and working one-on-one with a little boy -- and filling out grad school applications this spring.   This summer was for hanging out with family and friends, and she has now moved (just last week) to Azusa, California to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Social Work.   Our prayers go with you, Eva!
    * Paul and Sandy Blaz-r -- Following a cancer diagnosis last year, Paul is "doing really, really good."  He had 6 weeks of radiation an chemo, and is now doing immunotherapy every other week, all without any negative symptoms or side effects thusfar.  Sandy praised his "stellar attitude" about all of this.  Paul has sold their motorhome and a vehicle this spring, and bought a new Frontier that he is pretty happy about.  In January, Sandy was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, which has slowed her up and affected her facial muscles on one side.  Some dizziness means she is no longer driving, and moves slower to avoid falls.    Their daugher, Holly, has been a "wonderful caregiver,"  keeping the groceries stocked and other helps like setting up things so that they can see the Living Word Sunday service on their television screen.  "W
e're doing fine, really"  Sandy told me, and said she is ready for whatever is in God's plan for them.
  * John and Karen Schaf-r -- Not being the "social butterfly types,"  John and Karen have just made a few changes to their lives during the pandemic so far.   They enjoy and have been out on their sailboat in the Puget Sound area a few times, at least once with Iver and Laurie and their boat.    John and Karen moved to a smaller home a while back, but Karen still tends the blueberry patches at the "old house" that is called Hilltop Berry Farm.  She hasn't done any advertising this year, but has been up there almost daily this summer as a slow stream of  u-pickers have come by, sort of on an appointment basis so that there aren't too many to manage all at once.   Karen is retired from elementary teaching (25 years, 13 in Moses Lake), and John was in the timber industry prior to 25 years of cattle ranching.   This spring John entertained himself during the pandemic phase 1 time by constructing a "chicken house" that Karen called the "Taj Mahal of chicken houses" -- on wheels for easy moving later, and now filled with 14 hens that have begun producing eggs.   They have one daugher, Anna (married and living in Cashmere) and one son, Matthew (Moses Lake).
    * Matthew Schaf-r --  Matthew was a member of Living Word's first confirmation class, confirmed along with Annalise Od-gaard and Grace H-chstatter in 2008.  Matthew rents/lives in the house at Hilltop Berry Farm (which was for sale but is off the market again for now) where he spent several summers picking and/or assisting and weighing blueberries for the customers.  
He earned an Economics degree from Central Washington University (2016) and currently works in the office at McKay Seed in Moses Lake. 
  >> 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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From Pastor Lou -- Truly, truly #16 -- Safe Inside the Door

Safe Inside the Door                                                                                                                                                                           8.13.2020

  

           

“Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep."

John 10:7

           Here,  Jesus is deepening the meaning of the analogy of the sheep, shepherd, and flock that he used to answer his critics concerning the man once born blind and now seeing, which is the narrative of chapter 9.  Jesus is comparing those who question and disbelieve who he really is to a flock of sheep who don't know their shepherd and thus don't know what is in their best interest.

           Sheep are a notoriously helpless animal.  Predators of all kinds find them to be an easy target unless they are kept and guarded by their shepherds.  One of the reasons sheep production has become so important in Australia and New Zealand is because those two geographic regions have virtually no predators.  It was and is possible to raise and husband a sheep flock in those countries with minimal shepherding.  But in the rest of the world, sheep need to be protected from wolves, coyotes, bears, cougars, lions, puma, dogs, and probably other predators.

           One of my friends has a large flock of sheep, over 1000 head.  She insists those sheep be gathered and safely bedded down for the night, every night, in a small space by the shepherds she has tending her flock.  So even in the modern world, sheep need to be protected.

           In ancient Palestine there were two types of these enclosed spaces for sheep to safely overnight in.  Villages had large enclosures with a gatekeeper where multiple flocks could safely shelter overnight.  Jesus was speaking of these shelters in his opening words of this chapter,  as we read last week, "Truly, truly I say to you, he who does not enter by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and robber."

           This week's statement refers to the other type of enclosure shepherds would use, away from the village.  Those of us who went to the Holy Land saw one type of this enclosure in the hills near Bethlehem when we visited a cave with a small opening.  A shepherd would lead his sheep into the cave and then he himself would sleep in the entryway, thus becoming a door.  The sheep can't get out without going through him, and likewise, predators can't get to the sheep without going through the shepherd.  As a door, the shepherd has gathered and protected his sheep from those who would do them harm.

           Jesus is our door.  Only in him do we have secure protection from sin, death, and the devil which would do us great harm.  In him and under his watchful eye we can go in and out (a phrase which implied great freedom to the ancient Jews, who often were limited by ruling powers and marauding tribes in their ability to move freely).  In him and through him we find green pastures and still waters, the things sheep want;  the security and peace that make life joyful and serene.  In him we have the sure promise -- He is the Good Shepherd willing to die for his sheep.  He died for you and for me.  We are safe from predators.  In him we have life abundantly.  "The Lord is our shepherd, we shall not want."
         Jesus is Lord.

     Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost -- service audio/video -- August 9, 2020

Pentecost +10, year A -- "Do Not Fear"

Job 38:4-18              First Reading
Psalm 11                  Psalm
Romans 10:15-17    Second Reading
Matthew 14:22-33  Gospel Reading

Sermon Podcast -- Audio only -- 8.09.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 8.09.2020

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

Today's hymns:
ReC     6        Eternal Father, Strong to Save
ReC     208   Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
(Online)     Look and Live
ReC     220   Jesus Savior, Pilot Me

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Readings, Announcements for August 9, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church          



Pentecost +10
August 9, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
 
also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Job 38:4-18
Psalm:  Psalm 11:1-7
Second Reading: Romans 10:[4] 5-17
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 14:22-33

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday August 9

 
Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with Rev. Tim Tucker (retired) presiding;
        and the
Lord's Supper, now offered WEEKLY following the LIVE broadcast.      
Facebook Live:  9:00 AM
 
Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
  For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
    The citizens of Beirut,
following the devastating explosion this week;
  Mary Rathb-ne, at the sudden unexpected death of her brother-in-law, Robert;
     Rachal P., for good health as she enters the final weeks before baby #4 arrives;
     Glen E., under treatment for dangerously high blood pressure;
     Dawn V, for relief from back pain (compressed disks);
    
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
       Mary, healing a broken wrist after a fall (at Hearthstone);
      
Michele B., SI joint pain in her back, treatment delayed due to covid schedules;
     Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
  Friends and Family battling cancer:       
       Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
         
Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
        Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

        Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments and medical trials;
        Toni 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), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;       
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Dawn V., Evie E., Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P, Riley C, Olaf M-ore, Brady Em-rson,
             Jordan M-tthews, Luke Stov-r,  Logan Hes-e,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ell-stad, Scott N-ustel, Jeff W-rner, David H-ey, Anandae Cl-rk; 
  Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
  Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Rachal & Jonathan P.; Caleb & Lexi H.;
             -- and for those who would like to be;

  Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Danelle (Putnam) & Carlos;
>>> Thanks and Praises
    --   Safe return of Pastor Lou and Debbie from Montana, and good week up there at "Pastor Camp."
>>> 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.

Thank you!
Rev. Tim Tucker (retired) will conduct the services on August 9 and August 16 while Pastor Lou self-quarantines after returning home from a week at Pastor Camp, as a matter of extra caution. Derek O'Bri-n will work to bring the Facebook LIVE services online, and Lane Johns-n will help to record the sermon audio.  With any luck (and serveral prayers) the technology will cooperate with these endeavors for those listening in at home!  Thank you! 

Fallout from the Beirut Blast
Three 40-foot shipping containers filled with humanitarian aid that included 22,000 handmade quilts and 125 cartons of baby-care kits were destroyed in the devastating explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon on August 4.  The shipment also contained 100 cartons of school kits for students and 300 cartons of personal care kits that were destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories -- all total estimated over $623,000 in losses, not counting "the value of the time and love the quilters and kit-makers put into sewing, assembling and praying over these items."   If you would like to help quickly replenish these losses, more information can be found here.


Mutual Conversation Connections
   * Poor cell phone service at camp prevented phone calls from being made this week -- I look forward to talking with a few of you this coming week!
>> 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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Attendance last Sunday, 8.02.2020 --  18