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23rd Sunday after Pentecost -- service video/sermon audio -- Nov. 8, 2020

Pentecost +23, year A -- "Make Haste to Deliver Me, Oh Lord"

First Reading:      Amos 5:18-24
Psalm:                  Psalm 70
Second Reading: 
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Gospel Reading:  Mathew 25:1-13

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 11.08.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.08.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
      ReC   47      God Himself Is Present          
           ReC       99     Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers  
           ReC   30      Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
      ReC    188      Come to Calvary's Holy Mountain
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Truly truly 27 -- Don't Rely on Signs

Don't Rely on Signs                                                                                                                                                                                                             11.06.2020

 

And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said,

“Why does this generation seek a sign?

Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation."

Mark 8:12

          Have you ever had one of those moments?  A moment when someone asks you an incredibly foolish, or worse, inappropriate question?  This is one of those moments for Jesus.  It really doesn't come across that way in the English translation, but in the original Greek -- reading very literally -- Jesus says, after a deep groan from his spirit, "if a sign will be given to this generation."  We can almost feel the disgust emanating from the Lord"Really, you ding-a-lings accuse me of doing miraculous things by the power of Satan and now you have the gall to demand a 'sign' from me to prove I'm from God?  Really?  This was the nonsense Satan tempted me with in the wilderness -- you know -- if you are the Son of God , turn these stones to bread -- if you are the Son of God, jump off the pinnacle of the Temple so the angels can catch you, like scripture says -- if you give us a sign, we will believe. You are not getting a sign from me!  Your demand for a sign makes you the demonic ones!"

           So it is -- Jesus is asked to "prove" who he is in a way acceptable to the religious authorities, but Jesus is not a puppet on a string, demonstrating his talents to win a popularity contest.  No, he is the Son of God with a mission to fulfill.  He will die a horrible death on a cross to take away the sins of the world.  People either believe it or they don't.  He has nothing to prove to the Scribes and Pharisees, or to me or you either.  We trust him on his terms and receive his gifts or we can remain in the dark, not seeing the truth being lived in front of us.

           Mark's gospel is consistently about believing preceding seeing.  This is contrary to every other function of human reason that insists we see and then we believe.  "I'm from Missouri," some will say.  "You have to show me for me to believe you."  So Missouri is the "show me state."  But over and over in scripture, believing precedes seeing and understanding.  Abraham was told to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac.  He went to do just that, believing God would provide some other way out.  And God did.

           Jesus consistently says no to the notion he has to prove his identity.  We believe or we do not.  When he is hung on the cross, the same old demands are made of him from the crowd gathered to watch, "You say you are the Son of God -- show us by coming down off that cross."  One of the thieves says (paraphrased),  "If you are the Son of God, prove it!  Save yourself and us -- get us out of this mess."  This thief receives no reply.  the other thief, in a statement of pure faith, simply requests, "Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom."  Jesus' reply to a simple faith like this is pure good news.  "Today you will be with me in paradise."

           In God's kingdom, faith precedes seeing.  We trust and believe his promises.  If we had to see and understand all things first, it is not faith but pure sight and experience that ultimately matters.  That is reserved for when we are made new in the coming kingdom of God.  This side of the end of times, we live in faith.  Jesus will have it no other way.

           Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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All Saints Day -- service video/sermon audio -- Nov. 1, 2020

All Saints Day
Pentecost +22,
year A -- "Believe in the Forgiveness"

First Reading:      Revelation 7:(2-8)9-17
Psalm:                  Psalm 149
Second Reading: 
1 John 3:1-3
Gospel Reading: Mathew 5:1-12

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 11.012020

Facebook LIVE video -- 11.01.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
          ReC 175     For All the Saints  
            WoV   764     Blessed Are They       
            WoV  691     Sing with All the Saints in Glory
          J. Ylvisaker      Shine Like the Sun                                                                                      
                          
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Readings, Announcements for November 1, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church


All Saints Sunday

November 1, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Revelation 7:(2-8) 9-17
Psalm:  Psalm 149
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-3
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 5:1-12

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Saturday October 31
  Happy All- Hallows' Eve!
Daylight Savings Time Ends
   **
Set Your Clocks Back One Hour before going to bed **
  
(or lose that extra hour of sleep & arrive at church before anyone else!) 
Sunday November 1

  
Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).    

Sermon
Audio and service video links are posted later in the day at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed at a future time.
Wednesday November 4 Bible study -- Hebrews  7 - 8:30 PM, fellowhsip hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
   For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the virus;
   
Tom D, continued recovery at home after covid infection; both Tom and Dayna are doing much better;
    Kathy, (Marla's sister), in the hospital in Portland, symptoms of possible TIAs (mini-strokes);
   
Wayne & Arlene, after a cancer diagnosis for Arlene and other living transitions coming on soon;
   Clint S,  (Immanuel friend), at the loss of his wife, Vera; ILC shared this link for the service held Oct. 14;
   
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and 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;

   Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;    
   Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon 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);
      
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
      
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
      Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P,  Riley C,  Olaf M,  Brady E,   Jordan M,  Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam (and Brenna Moss);
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
-- and for those who would like to be; esp. Sara & Chris F.;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --  the Pinkertons are all together and safe at home in Oklahoma now
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michele B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog-rs --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Rey-olds (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.

SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR TONIGHT, OCT 31 : It's that time again ...

THRIVENT:  PUMPKIN COLORING FOR FIRE RELIEF
From email received from Thrivent Member Network -- NW Region: 
In September, our region was tragically hit hard by fires. To support our communities, Thrivent is holding a donation campaign for all ages to participate in. For each decorated pumpkin posted to our Facebook page or submitted via email, we’ll donate $10 to support fire relief for in Washington up to $10,000.  There is also a prize for the one with the most votes.
Check out the full details and download coloring pages here: Pumpkin Coloring | Post to Northwest Facebook page or email    
Share this fun opportunity with your friends, family, congregation, and peers.

Mutual Conversation Connections
Jonathan and Rachal the the two little daughters arrived safely in Lawton, OK, and all 6 Pinkert-n family are reunited for the first time since January.  Blessings on their new home and future!
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Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

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


Attendance last Sunday, 10.25.2020 --  44
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Truly Truly 26 -- Unforgivable Sin?

Unforgivable Sin?                                                                                                                                                                                     10.30.2020

                         

“Truly, I say to you,

all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter,

but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness,

but is guilty of an eternal sin” for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Mark 3:28-30 

          What a chilling statement Jesus makes here. There truly is an unforgiveable sin in the eyes of God. Humankind should quake in terror. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world, to remove sin from us, clean us up, and make us worthy of eternity with his heavenly Father, and yet, here he states unequivocally that there is one sin he cannot (or will not) take away. What is a sinner to do?

           Most importantly, sinners need to take Jesus at his word.  So let us look deeper at this word.

           Here in Mark's gospel, Jesus has begun to have his confrontations with various groups of people.  In this narrative, it is Scribes who have come from Jerusalem to investigate the reports concerning this so-called miracle worker.  Skepticism rules their thinking to the point that, as they hear and witness Jesus' miraculous acts, they come to the conclusion that Jesus must be in league with Satan (Beelzebub, in the passage) for him to be able to do the things he is doing.  There is a recognition that something -- or better, someone -- other-worldly is at work in what Jesus is doing, but in their view of how God works in the world, this Jesus person is not sufficiently godly.  Therefore he must be in league with evil.  Their minds were not open to the possibility that God was up to something in an unexpected way.  So they blaspheme.

           Blasphemy is something little discussed in today's culture, much to our detriment.  In the Greek, blaspheme is a compound word -- blax, meaning sluggish or slow, and pheme, meaning reputation or fame.  So blaspheming is being slow, or simply refusing,  to acknowledge good (worthy of respect or veneration).  To blaspheme is finally to reverse moral values by calling evil good or good evil.  This is what the Scribes are doing when they say Jesus (good) must be in cahoots with Beelzebub (evil).

           Blasphemy is closely connected to the eighth commandment -- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor -- where we are commanded to speak well of others, put the best construction on our neighbors' actions, and refrain from repeating negative aspects of our neighbors' actions and behaviors.  Gossip, slander, and libel are all prohibited under this commandment, and in their own way they all fall under the category of blasphemy.  Are we feeling guilty yet?

           But Jesus is clear that most blasphemy is forgivable.  "All sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemes they utter."  There is comfort in that for us sinners.  Consider how often we all sin with our tongues against one another.  But the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, denying him proper credit for faith in the world, is highly dangerous.   After all, that is his work -- to create faith where and when he chooses!  Unbelief is the greatest and root of all sin.  When we blaspheme, we end up calling evil good or good evil, contrary to the Word the Spirit brings us.  Better to say nothing than to judge wrongly in matters involving the Holy Spirit.

           The famous Jewish Rabbi Gamaliel had some very good advice in Acts 5:38-39.  Gamaliel was unsure about this "Jesus movement" that the disciples were propagating in Jerusalem.  Some Jewish leaders wanted to persecute "those radicals" but Gamaliel addressed the leadership saying (v.38)   "... So in the present case I tell you, keep away from these men and  let them alone, for if this plan or this undertaking is of man, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them.  You might even be found opposing God!"

           In humility we listen for the Word of God and do our best to recognize the gifts of God among us.  In gratitude and thanksgiving for what God -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- has done and continues to do among us, we are and remain forgiven sinners under the care and concern of God.  He will never let us go.              Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not in our destiny because of Whose we are.

           Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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Reformation Sunday -- service video/sermon audio -- Oct. 25, 2020

Reformation Sunday,
Pentecost +21,
year A -- "Our Dual Citizenship"

First Reading:      Revelation 14:6-7
Psalm:                  Psalm 46   
Second Reading:  Romans 3:19-28
Gospel Reading:  John 8:31-36

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 10.25.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 10.25.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
[musicians:  Nancy Hanson, Jonathan Pinkerton, Kathryn Arriola]

            ReC  170   A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
               ReC      73   Borning Cry
        Printed             His Robes for Mine
        ReC    215     In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found
        ReC    269     Lift High the Cross

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Readings, Announcements for Reformation Sunday: Oct. 25, 2020

  Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church          


Reformation Sunday

October 25, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Revelation 14:6-7
Psalm:  Psalm 46
Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28
Gospel Lesson:  John 8:31-36

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Saturday October 24 Music in the Sanctuary, To The Glory of God -- 6:00 PM
       (also via FB Live)
Sunday October 25

  
Reformation Sunday: Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).    

Sermon
Audio and service video links are posted later in the day at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed at a future time.
Wednesday October 28 Bible study -- Hebrews  7 - 8:30 PM, fellowhsip hall

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the virus;
    Mitch M.,
(owner of our building), recovering from shoulder surgery after a biking accident last week;
   Laurie O., healing after arthroscopic surgery (torn medial meniscus);
    Wayne & Arlene, after a cancer diagnosis for Arlene and other living transitions coming on soon;
   Clint S,  (Immanuel friend), at the loss of his wife, Vera; ILC shared this link for the service held Oct. 14;
    Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
    Suzanne, (Charlene's daughter), recovering from weight-loss surgery;
   Michele B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), sudden heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery possible;
    Evie E., at home
;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon 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);
      
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
      
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
      Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neust-ls, the Hochstatt-rs,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P, Riley C, Olaf M, Brady E, Jordan M, Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putn-m Schum-nn;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
-- and for those who would like to be;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --  Naomi P., blessings on your Baptism Day!
      --   for wonderful musical talents -- thank you for sharing, Jonathan, Nancy, & Kathryn!
      --   Congratulations to Danelle [Putn-m] and Carlos Schuma-n, married Oct. 17 after 4 months' covid delay;
      --   Congratulations to Darby and Talen, newly engaged to be married;

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michele B (back issues) --  Patty Fode -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon Rog-rs --  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 Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Special Music Saturday and Sunday
  Naomi Pink-rton will be baptized this Sunday!  Her daddy Jonathan will be here and will play for our Sunday service along with Nancy Hans-n and frieind/godmother Kathryn Ar-iola.
The three would also like us to know that they will be "at the church on Saturday Oct. 24 at 6 PM to practice/play some music together" ... doors will be open ... if some people were to wander in ... there might be some cookies later ...     "Not a concert," but we expect a lovely evening of great musical talent.  We do also hope/plan to live-stream it on Facebook so pencil it in.  Some Saturday selections will be replayed on Sunday morning, so the service *could* go a *little* long, but Pastor Lou promises a shorter sermon :)    Mark your calendars and bring your masks; and don't be afraid of the front row of seats as we spread out!
THRIVENT:  PUMPKIN COLORING FOR FIRE RELIEF
From email received from Thrivent Member Network -- NW Region: 
In September, our region was tragically hit hard by fires. To support our communities, Thrivent is holding a donation campaign for all ages to participate in. For each decorated pumpkin posted to our Facebook page or submitted via email, we’ll donate $10 to support fire relief for in Washington up to $10,000.  There is also a prize for the one with the most votes.
Check out the full details and download coloring pages here: Pumpkin Coloring | Post to Northwest Facebook page or email us

Share this fun opportunity with your friends, family, congregation, and peers.

Crossroads Annual Banquet
As with nearly everything else in 2020, the annual fundraising banquet for Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center will not take place this fall.  But of course, they still do need the donations and pledges that this event always generate, to help educate and support at-risk moms about pregnancy options aside from abortion. "Some generous ministry partners are offering to provide Crossroads with $50,000 if we can raise $150,000 in gifts and pledges by October 31st."  Please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift or pledge today toward this challenge deadline of midnight on Saturday, October 31.  Pledges can be paid over 12 months."   Pledges or gifts may be mailed (1555 S. Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake) or made online at www.pregnancywa.org ; credit card payments accepted by calling Christina at 509-765-4425.  "Partnering with you to save lives."  --Crossroads Exec. Director Carol Knopp.

Mutual Conversation Connections
>>Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

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

Attendance last Sunday, 10.18.2020 --  43
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From Pastor Lou -- Truly, Truly 25 -- Follow Jesus

Follow Jesus                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10.22.2020

     

"Truly, truly, I say to you,
when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted,

but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands,
and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.
(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.)
And after saying this he said to him, "Follow me."

John 21:18-19 

          This is the last of the "Truly truly, I say to you" statements in the Gospel of John.  In this chapter 21 of his gospel, John tells the narrative of the "restoration" of Peter to his position of a favored disciple of the Lord.  The narrative makes clear that the disciples themselves had no misgivings about Peter's leadership and faithfulness to the Lord.  After all, they all had run away when Jesus had been arrested.  None of the rest of them had dared to "follow at a distance" and place themselves as Peter had where he could be accused, "You are one of his followers" and end up denying Jesus three times.  They all had a collective sense of guilt and inadequacy to be whom they thought they were -- the leaders in the coming "kingdom of God."

           But it must have been particularly galling and burdening to Peter, who had gone to such great lengths -- "I will never abandon you, even if I must die with you" --  and then be caught red-handed denying the Lord three times.

           So Jesus appears on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in the morning after a long night fishing by the disciples and tells the empty netters to throw the net over the other side of the boat.  A great haul of fish is caught, and John is the first to recognize "It is the Lord."  Peter, being Peter, jumps overboard and swims ashore to get close to Jesus.  Jesus says "Bring some fish," and Peter drags the whole net ashore.  Everyone was wondering what the Master would say next.

           What we get is an interrogation for Peter's benefit, for the disciples' benefit, and for our benefit.   Three times Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love me?" and Peter has to answer three times -- finally with "Lord, you know everything, you know that I love you."  Three times Jesus responds, "Feed my sheep" (or lambs).  Peter benefits because the Lord has reversed his denial and forgiven his guilt.  The disciples benefit because they see their leader and themselves fully restored to the task Jesus had called them to do.  We benefit because we are the current generation of lambs and sheep the Lord chose these disciples to feed.

           The narrative then closes with this personal "promise" to Peter.  Unlike many other "Truly, truly" statements which Jesus stated in the plural sense, "Truly, truly I say until you" (plural), this one is stated, "Truly, truly I say to you" (singular). This one is for Peter, and John tells us in verse 19 that Jesus is telling Peter he also will be crucified ("another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.")  Tradition tells us when it came time to be crucified for being a follower of Jesus, Peter requested he be crucified upside-down, because he was "not worthy to be crucified as my Lord was."  And so he was.

           Jesus' final recorded words to Peter in this narrative are simply "Follow me."  Those words apply to all would-be followers of Jesus throughout time and place.  No matter the circumstances, blessings or curses, health or illness, poverty or wealth, in community or alone, "Take up your cross and follow me."

          Remember Whose you are --

           Pastor Lou

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Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost -- service video/sermon audio -- Oct. 18, 2020

Pentecost +20, year A -- "He Knows the Score"

First Reading:      Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm:                  Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)         
Second Reading:  1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 22:15-22

Podcast -- Sermon Audio only -- 10.18.2020

Facebook LIVE video -- 10.18.2020 service

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

Today's hymns:
                ReC    11      Praise to the Lord, the Almighty    
                   ReC   42      We Give Thee But Thine Own
                   ReC  268    Jesus Shall Reign          
                   ReC  50      Now Thank We All Our God

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Readings, Announcements for October 18, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church        



Pentecost +20

October 18, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
and
via Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm:  Psalm 96:1-9 (10-13)
Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 22:15-22

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday October 18

  
Sunday Service of the Word, 9:00 AM on Facebook live;
  
followed by weekly Service of the Sacrament ,
(off camera).    

Sermon
Audio and service video links are posted later in the day at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed at a future time.
Wednesday October 21 Bible study -- Hebrews  7 - 8:30 PM, fellowhsip hall
Saturday October 24 Musicians in the Sanctuary, 6:00 PM  (also via FB Live)

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
            specifically those who are fighting or recovering from the virus;
   
Mitch M., (owner of our building), recovering from shoulder surgery after a biking accident last week;
   Laurie O., healing after arthroscopic surgery (torn medial meniscus);
   
Wayne & Arlene, a cancer diagnosis for Arlene and other living transitions coming on soon;
   Linda Bish-p, (friend of Karen Schafer), hospitalized with covid;
    The Neust-ls & Judene's extended family, as they celebrate the long life of Judene's grandmother, Lola;
   Clint S,  (Immanuel friend), at the loss of his wife, Vera; ILC shared this link for the service held Oct. 14;
    Danelle P (missionary to the Dominican Republic) & Carlos, being married 10/17 after a virus delay;
  
Judy R,  (Charlene's daughter), seeking clear diagnosis and treatment options for neck and spinal disk issues;
    Suzanne, (Charlene's daughter), recovering from weight-loss surgery;
   Michelle B., continued search for long-term backpain relief; surgery possible;
    Jake, (Charlene's grandson), sudden heart rhythm issues have returned, repeat surgery possible;
   
Evie E., at home;  Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon 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);
      
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum), stage 4 cancer diagnosis (hip & lungs) and beginning chemo;
       
Paul B., immunotherapy treatment; doing well with it;
       Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer continues various treatments & new medical trials;
       Toni Sm-th (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
      
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
      Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
      Bill, (brother of John Schafer), glioblastoma brain cancer & after radiation effects;        
   Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially the Neustels, the Hochstatters,  Evie & Tom E, Mary R., Dawn V.,  Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement, & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan P, Riley C, Olaf M, Brady E, Jordan M, Luke S,  Logan H,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin E, Scott N, Jeff W, David H; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putn-m;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
-- and for those who would like to be;
   Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Gaige & Danielle; Darby & Talen;
>>> Thanks and Praises
     --    Congratulations to Darby and Talen, newly engaged to be married;
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Michelle B (back issues) --  Patty F-de -- Paul & Sandy --  Simon R-gers --  Michele B --  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 Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

DELIVERY DRIVER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
From the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation's Facebook page (Oct. 5) :

"We are in need of volunteer delivery drivers for our Meals to Heal Program. Must have two legs only to qualify, sunglasses are optional! Delivery starting in November, mostly in the Moses Lake area. We are still working on all the details, but if you are interested please contact Debbie at info@columbiabasincancerfoundation.org or call the office at 764-4644."

Lutherhaven Annual Meeting via Zoom (or phone)

As contributors to Camp Lutherhaven in the past year, Living Word congregation is invited to participate at their annual meeting, 6:30 pm Nov. 5th.  This year it is taking place via Zoom, or by phone.  Lane Johns-n has volunteered to 'attend' the meeting to represent Living Word;  we are entitled to one vote on any matters that come up, but more people may attend if you wish.  Contact Debbie for meeting link details.  Thanks, Lane!

Crossroads Annual Banquet
As with nearly everything else in 2020, the annual fundraising banquet for Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center will not take place this fall.  But of course, they still do need the donations and pledges that this event always generate, to help educate and support at-risk moms about pregnancy options aside from abortion. "Some generous ministry partners are offering to provide Crossroads with $50,000 if we can raise $150,000 in gifts and pledges by October 31st."  Please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift or pledge today toward this challenge deadline of midnight on Saturday, October 31.  Pledges can be paid over 12 months."   Pledges or gifts may be mailed (1555 S. Pilgrim Street, Moses Lake) or made online at www.pregnancywa.org ; credit card payments accepted by calling Christina at 509-765-4425.  "Partnering with you to save lives."  --Crossroads Exec. Director Carol Knopp.

Mutual Conversation Connections --
As pastor Lou often refers to them, "Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy" ...  if you havne't been to church for a while you might be wondering about these three regulars --

    * Shirley Muns-n -- Shirley's family moved to Washington from Nebraska when she was a teen.  She moved back to NE with some friends for a few years after high school but ended up back in WA eventually.     She's always loved to bake stuff (brownies, sugar cookies at holidays, and special occasion cakes) and cook for others.  She "just loves to meet people."  Shirley makes quilts for her grandchildren -- she and Ila owned a small fabric store downtown ML for a year or so way back when; she was a waitress at ML Perkins for 12 years, and then worked 22 years for Dr. Morgan (dentist) before retiring. 
Shirley has one son and 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, nearly all living in WA.  Her family keeps their  eyes on her during the pandemic but she has returned to Sunday church services and Bible study on Wednesdays.  She is keeping healthy, but a hitch in her leg causes her great pain sometimes.  Don't approach Shirley unexpectedly from behind or she will jump sky-high and shout out!
    * Ila Simps-n -- has been best friends with Shirley since the early 1960s
when they were neighbors in Moses Lake; Shirley's 4 and Ila's 5 kids grew up together and still remain close. Another one of our "kitchen ladies," Ila has always been an essential when a reception is needed for a special occasion.  Her parents were married at the Walla Walla penitentiary when her father was working there as a guard (!) and she is one of 8  children they raised.   Ila has also done lots of sewing and some quilting over the years.  She and late husband Joe have 3 sons and 2  daughters (one son and one daughter now in heaven);  13 granddaughters; and 5 great-granddaughters.  Ila has made it to church and Bible study most weeks this year; her biggest covid "adustment" has been being "teachers' aid" to two great-granddaughters 3 days a week for the  online portion of their classes.  If there was no covid and no home-teaching going, on Ila was quick to say that she "would probably be doing more visiting." 
   *  Ruth Peppl-r -- after losing her husband in a farming accident at a young age, Ruth went on to raise their 3 daughters.  She now also has 3 granddaughters, 2 great-granddaughters and (finally) one great-grandson.  Ruth has always lived somewhere in the state of Washington, born and raised on an Odessa area dryland wheat farm.  She sews, makes quilts, and lovely hand-stamped holiday occasion cards.  She also maintains a lot of flowers in her yard that get shared on the altar during many summer Sundays, as well as baking 'goodies' for fellowship time after church quite often.  Ruth and Joyce Rector met at church around 1986 and became good friends and travel companions on several trips all over the world.  Ruth is a two-time cancer survivor ('93 and '05-'06).   She has been coming to church and Wednesday Bible study as much as possible in 2020, even if it makes her son-in-law 'nervous."
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Feel free to let us know if you have something going on, a need, or fun thing that has happened that you want to share;  just call or reply to this email.  --Debbie

Special Music
On Reformation Sunday, October 25, Naomi Pinkert-n will be baptized.  Her daddy Johnathan will be here and will play for our Sunday service along with Nancy Hans-n and friend/godmother Kathryn A-riola.
The three would also like us to know that they will be "at the church on Saturday Oct. 24 at 6 PM to practice/play some music together" ... doors will be open ... if some people were to wander in ... there might be some cookies later ...     "Not a concert," but we expect a lovely evening of great musical talent.  We do also hope/plan to live-stream it on Facebook so pencil it in.  Some Saturday selections will be replayed on Sunday morning, so the service *could* go a *little* long, but Pastor Lou promises a shorter sermon :)    Mark your calendars and bring your masks; and don't be afraid of the front row of seats as we spread out!

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Attendance last Sunday, 10.11.2020 --  31