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Readings, Announcements for June 21, 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/                

hairs numbered

Pentecost +3
Fathers Day

June 21, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm:  Psalm 91:1-10 (1-16)
Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 10:5a, 21-33
Links to the audio recordings and LIVE video
of the Sunday Sermons & Readings
are posted at the LW Announcements blog page:

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday    June 21

 
Sunday Service, 9:00 AM; with the Lord's Supper following the LIVE broadcast.
   Happy Father's Day!  ** and ** Happy Birthday, Evie!


Facebook Live:  9:00 AM on Facebook

Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.
Monday June 22 Quarterly Member Meeting, fellowship hall,  7:00 PM  (with masks, please)

>> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
      For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unrest;
       Don H.,
with a positive covid test result this week; "
I seem to be through the worst of it already;"
          & Triscia, also experiencing some symptoms;  (Don & Triscia have not been attending in-person services at LW);
      Joyce R.,
at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
      Evie E., at home, and mourning the loss of her sister, Vivian;
      Patty Fode (ILC friend), recovering from a stoke, now at her son's home in Wenatchee;    
  

      the Neustel Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
       Ron & Nancy H.,  preparing for the move to be closer to family in Wenatchee;
      
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        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 Sch*fer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially 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*nkerton, Riley Con*han, Olaf M*ore, Brady Em*rson,
             Jordan Matth*ws, Luke Stov*r,  Logan H*sse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellest*d, Scott Neust*l, Jeff Warn*r, David Hu*y, Anandae Cl*rk; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam and Brenna Moss;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey Hanson; 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
     --   thankful for the opportunity to again be together on Sunday mornings;
      --   praising God for full restoration of Debbie's hearing!
      --   thanking Fred Tucker, for his service, now returning to civilian life post-military;

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Simon Rog*rs --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy Mah*ney -- Jennifer (Boy*r daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime G*rza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie R*ynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don W*st -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve My*rs (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Returning to In-Person Services
What to do before attending, what to expect when you arrive --

- Take your temperature at home -- if it is over 100.4, please to not attend the service.
- Please bring a face mask if you have one;  there are some available at the church if you do not have one, or forget yours.  Masks are to be worn while inside the building by all over age 2 unless a health condition prevents you from wearing one (ie breathing difficulties, physical difficulty removing if needed).
- Use the parking lot doors.  Please be seated in family groups/households, leaving at least 3 empty chairs between groups.
- Please try to maintain a 6 ft distance in the fellowship hall other than for a very brief time period (passing, etc.)
- Please use the waste baskets for papers and tissues; take advantage of the sanitizer, wipes, soap and water which are available ...


Weekly Worship and Communion Schedule
Holy Communion will be offered at each Sunday service as we work our way back into weekly attendance by all members who are able.  Service of the Word will continue to be live-broadcast for those who choose not to attend in-person quite yet, with the broadcast ending prior to the start of the Service of the Sacrament.


Drive-By BIRTHDAY
"A wonderful lady" is going to be 94 years old on Sunday June 21st. Please join us for a drive by 'party' for Evie E.,  2 to 4 pm.  (home address), Moses Lake.  Honk, wave, shout out, and brighten her day!

MISSING -- PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT
If you happen to see the keyboard musician's edition of the With One Voice hymnal anywhere around the church building, please let us know, and return it to the piano area.  It has apparently gone on walkabout.  This is a very important set of music and we need it!  It is a large spiral bound book, approx. 8 x14 inches, soft blue cover.  We are not sure exactly when it was last seen or used, mayibe as long ago as mid-March.


Quarterly Member Meeting
The next quarterly member meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 22, at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Social spacing to be maintained; masks are highly encouraged for those in attendance. 


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
>> June 1 - July 15 ... This annual Crossroads fundraiser usually takes place between Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Covid restrictions caused a change of dates and method this year.  In stead of baby bottles, (if you are so inclined), please place your loose change, cash, or a check into a ziplock baggie and return it to Crossroads before July 15.  [Living Word  still has a few bottles, as does the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) if an actual bottle would help you to remember.]  This year they have also added 2 electronic donation options:   Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

LW College Scholarships
Living Word has a tradition of helping to support the college educations of our members and children of members.  If, after reading the following eligibility requirements, you would like an application sent to you or your student, please reply to this email. Some schools have matching funds available, (ie PLU, Whitworth) so check deadline policies closely where you plan to attend. "Students may reapply each year, up to 4 years."

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Attendance last Sunday, 6.14.2020 --  24
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From Pastor Lou: Truly, Truly #8 -- Bread and Circuses

Bread and Circuses                                                                                              6.19.2020

 

bread circuses

Jesus answered them,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs,

but because you ate your fill of the loaves.

John 6:26 

           "Bread and Circuses" is a phrase often said to have originated with the Roman poet, Juvenal, during the hay day of ancient Rome.  It has become a cliché  in the world of politics for promising material prosperity and entertainment sufficient for the masses to continue to follow whatever political figures are making these kinds of promises.  George Orwell, in his dystopian novel, 1984, describes an ultimate form of this, as the "proles" (short for "proletariat," or common people) are kept occupied with plentiful alcohol and pornography while being fed a diet of "gruel."  This satisfied their baser desires, keeping them from caring much about more important matters like good nutrition, education, justice, equality, opportunity, and not least, freedom.  When a culture is said to be subsumed by "bread and circuses" the population is so self-absorbed the only thing they want or desire is the immediate satisfaction of their most basic needs.  In the Gospel of Luke, the rich man who says he can "eat, drink, and be merry" is called a fool by God because he has made the material existence more important than his spiritual life.

           So this statement of Jesus is a sobering indictment of the people who are following him.  He has miraculously fed 5000 men (and additional women and children) on a Galilean hillside and demonstrated supernatural power in healings and casting out demons.  The crowds want more.  But Jesus recognized this is exactly what they want -- free bread and fantastic miracles, without realizing that God is working among them.  So he castigates the crowds for their misplaced priorities (verse 27),  "Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you."  The statement convicts those masses, the disciples, and all would be followers of Jesus, including me.  Am I a Christian because this is the best path I can see to comfort, wealth, power, good health, good friends, or whatever selfish concern of my own I can imagine?  Or am I a Christian giving thanks that God has chosen me "to be his own and live under him in his kingdom in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness," as Luther so rightly puts it in his explanation to the Second Article of the Apostles Creed?   What motivates me?

           This tendency to view life in material terms is a powerful temptation,  so powerful that Satan attempted to use it on Jesus.  The first temptation that Satan spoke to Jesus was that he could turn stones to bread to satisfy his hunger;  the second temptation was that Jesus could gather a big crowd by doing something sensational like jumping off the Temple.  Bread and circuses writ large.   Jesus successfully fought off those temptations, as well as a third about the gaining of power.

           A cynic like me can look through history and find repeated examples of powerful figures making promises of material prosperity, or staying in the public mind by making newsworthy statements, or taking newsworthy actions simply for the sake of their own personal power and aggrandizement.  Beware, the allure.  Jesus is clear, "seek first the kingdom of God ... and all these things will be added to you." But seek first the kingdom.             

           And who is this kingdom?  Jesus, of course.

           We have Jesus.  We have the kingdom.  He has chosen.  He has claimed us.  Bread and circuses do not satisfy;  Jesus is the food that endures to eternal life.        

      Always remember Whose you are --

          

           Pastor Lou

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Readings, Announcements for June 14, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church

sheep of his pasture psalm 100.3

Pentecost +2
June 14, 2020
9:00 AM Sunday Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Exodus 19:2-8
Psalm:  Psalm 100
Second Reading: Romans 5:6-15
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 9:35 - 10:8 (9-20)
Links to the audio recordings and LIVE video
of the Sunday Sermons & Readings
are posted at the LW Announcements blog page:

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday    June 14

 
Sunday Service, at to our regular 9:00 AM start time.
      
With the Lord's Supper following the LIVE broadcast.

       
Facebook Live: The service will be broadcast on FB live for those who are not yet ready or able to return to a live service. 

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 unrest;
       For the safety of Moses Lake community's young people during this week;*
       Joyce R.,
at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
      Evie E., at home, and mourning the loss of her sister, Vivian;
      Patty Fode (ILC friend), recovering from a stoke, now at her son's home in Wenatchee;    
  

      the Neustel Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
       Ron & Nancy H.,  preparing for the move to be closer to family in Wenatchee;
      
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness during an extended isolation; 
    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
         Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments;
         Toni Smith (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
      
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
        
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
        Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
        Bill, (brother of John Schafer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Evie E., Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement , & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan Pinkerton, Riley Conahan, Fred Tucker, Olaf Moore, Brady Emerson,
             Jordan Matthews, Luke Stover,  Logan Hesse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellestad, Scott Neustel, Jeff Warner, David Huey, Anandae Clark; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam and Brenna Moss;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey Hanson; 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
     --   for the opportunity to again be together on Sunday mornings;
      --   for successful cancer removal surgery and continued good news for Ben Rathbone;
      --   a noticable return of hearing for Debbie's left ear;

>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Simon Rogers --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy Mahaney -- Jennifer (Boyer daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime Garza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don West -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Before you Return to In-Person Services
What to do before attending, what to expect when you arrive --

- Take your temperature at home -- if it is over 100.4, please to not attend the service.
- Please bring a face mask if you have one;  there are some available at the church if you do not have one, or forget yours.  Masks are to be worn while inside the building by all over age 2 unless a health condition prevents you from wearing one (ie breathing difficulties, physical difficulty removing if needed).
- Use the parking lot doors.  Please be seated in family groups/households, leaving at least 3 empty chairs between groups.
- Please try to maintain a 6 ft distance in the fellowship hall other than for a very brief time period (passing, etc.)
- Please use the waste baskets for papers and tissues; take advantage of the sanitizer, wipes, soap and water which are available ...


MISSING -- PLEASE BE ON THE LOOKOUT
If you happen to see the keyboard musician's edition of the With One Voice hymnal anywhere around the church building, please let us know, and return it to the piano area.  It has apparently gone on walkabout.  This is a very important set of music and we need it!  Approx. 8 x14 inches, soft blue cover, spiral bound.  We are not sure exactly when it was last seen or used.


Quarterly Member Meeting
The next quarterly member meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 22, at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Social spacing to be maintained; masks are highly encouraged for those in attendance. 


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
>> June 1 - July 15 ... This annual Crossroads fundraiser usually takes place between Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Covid restrictions caused a change of dates and method this year.  In stead of baby bottles, (if you are so inclined), please place your loose change, cash, or a check into a ziplock baggie and return it to Crossroads before July 15.  [Living Word  still has a few bottles, as does the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) if an actual bottle would help you to remember.]  This year they have also added 2 electronic donation options:   Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

PRAYER REQUEST
*  We have received a request that churches and prayer warriors in Moses Lake please take the time to pray this week for the young people of our community, especially over the 17th and 18th of June.  In the past 3 years, a Moses Lake teen has taken their life on one of these two days.  We pray that the events happening across the country and in their own lives do not lead another to such despair.


Weekly Worship and Communion Schedule
Holy Communion will be offered at each Sunday service as we work our way back into weekly attendance by all members who are able.  Service of the Word will continue to be live-broadcast for those who choose not to attend in-person quite yet, with the broadcast ending prior to the start of the Service of the Sacrament.  We have had some video issues with the live broadcast, possibly related to some cell tower work happening in that area;  please be patient.  Sermons may also be heard here.
 

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Attendance last Sunday, 6.07.2020 --  31
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From Pastor Lou: Truly Truly #7 -- Those Who Hear Will Live

Those Who Hear Will Live                                                                     6.11.2020

 

hour coming

Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
[For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son
also to have life in himself.]

John 5:25-26 

           At first hearing, a person is inclined to say "Well, OK, Jesus is saying he can raise those who are dead back to life.  This doesn't really apply to me because I am clearly still living.  But it's good to know that Jesus can do that, and I will want to make sure he will do it for me."   If Jesus chose to, at any moment he could return, speak, and all the dead would rise from their graves, and he could give eternal life to those he so chose. 

"But it really doesn't apply to me now ..."  Well, this thinking is in error.

           The error is that many of us believe we are actually alive, when  in truth we are not, unless we have heard the Lord speak.  Remember, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "unless one is born from above, he/she cannot enter the Kingdom of God."  The problem is, the wages of sin is death.  As pronounced to Adam and Eve in the Garden, "On the day you eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you shall surely die."  They did eat and, from their point of view, did not seem to immediately die.  They went and hid from God, and eventually lived to a ripe old age in the cursed creation, and then died their physical death.  But from God's point of view they were dead in trespass and sin the moment they ate.  Their relationship with the eternal God was severed; they lost the eternal life that was theirs only through their relationship with God.  And this is the reality for all of humankind ever since.  We are dead in trespass and sin.  Period.  End of story.

           Paul says it bluntly in Ephesians 2:1, "And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked ..."    Dead in trespasses and sin -- that is the fate of humankind without the word of Jesus.  But Jesus says the time is now when "the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live."  The time is now -- when you hear that Jesus has taken your sin from you, he has paid the penalty, he has the power to forgive you.  When you hear his voice,  "Peace,"    "I forgive you,"  "You are mine,"  "I will never let you go" -- when his voice comes to you and you hear from wherever or whomever is speaking for him, you (and I) come to life -- eternal life.  We know we will live forever with him, beginning now in His speaking and our hearing and on into eternity.  He has said so.  He has done it.   He does not lie.  A completed action with eternal consequences.

           So today, now, if you think you know you are indeed dead in trespass and sin, hear again (or for the first time)  "Jesus is Lord.  He has taken away your sin.  He died for you.  You are forgiven.  His gift is to you for eternal life.  Thanks be to God."           

  Always remember Whose you are -- there is life in that.

          

           Pastor Lou

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Readings, Announcements for June 7, 2020

Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church

Trinity Athanasian

Holy Trinity
Sunday

June 7, 2020
9:00 AM Service;
  also continuing via
Facebook LIVE
First Reading: Genesis 11 - 2:4a
Psalm:  Psalm 8
Second Reading: Acts 2:14a, 22-36
Gospel Lesson:  Matthew 28:16-20
Links to the audio recordings and LIVE video
of the Sunday Sermons & Readings
are posted at the LW Announcements blog page:

THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday    June 7

 
Sunday Service, returning to our regular 9:00 AM start time.
       
Facebook Live: The service will be broadcast on FB live for those who are not yet ready or able to return to a live service. 

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;
       Joyce R.,
at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
      Evie E., at home, and mourning the loss of her sister, Vivian;
      Debbie H, for restoration of full hearing in her left ear after sudden partial loss last week;
      Patty F. (ILC friend), recovering from a stoke, now at her son's home in Wenatchee;    
  

      the Neust*l Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
       Ron & Nancy H.,  searching for a house in the Wenatchee area, for a move to be closer to family;
      
Parents, kids, & teachers whether struggling or thriving, while educating during this time away from the classroom;
            Anyone struggling with depression and loneliness during extended isolation; 

    Friends and Family battling cancer:       
        Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
         Paul B.,
immunotherapy treatment;

         Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments;
         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 Sch*fer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
    Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
          especially Evie E., Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
    Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
    Active military & law enforcement , & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
        esp (military)  Jonathan Pinkerton, Riley Conahan, Fred Tucker, Olaf Moore, Brady Emerson,
             Jordan Matthews, Luke Stover,  Logan Hesse,
        and (law enforcement) 
Justin Ellestad, Scott Neustel, Jeff Warner, David Huey, Anandae Clark; 
   Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam and Brenna Moss;
   Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
esp. Kevin & Casey Hanson; 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
     --   for the opportunity to again be together on Sunday mornings;
>>> Continued prayers for:
               -- Simon Rogers --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy Mahaney -- Jennifer (Boyer daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime Garza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don West -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

Please read the attached note regarding returning to in-person services, 
[What to do before attending, what to expect when you arrive.]
Summary

- Take your temperature at home -- if it is over 100.4, please to not attend the service.
- Please bring a face mask if you have one;  there are some available at the church if you do not have one, or forget yours.  Masks are to be worn while inside the building by all over age 2 unless a health condition prevents you from wearing one (ie breathing difficulties, physical difficulty removing if needed).
- Use the parking lot doors.  Please be seated in family groups/households, leaving at least 3 empty chairs between groups.
- Please try to maintain a 6 ft distance in the fellowship hall other than for a very brief time period (passing, etc.)
- Please use the waste baskets for papers and tissues; take advantage of the sanitizer, wipes, soap and water which are available ...


Quarterly Member Meeting
The next quarterly member meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 22, at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Social spacing to be maintained; masks are highly encouraged for those in attendance. 


CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
>> June 1 - July 15 ... This annual Crossroads fundraiser usually takes place between Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Covid restrictions caused a change of dates and method this year.  In stead of baby bottles, (if you are so inclined), please place your loose change, cash, or a check into a ziplock baggie and return it to Crossroads before July 15.  [Living Word  still has a few bottles, as does the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) if an actual bottle would help you to remember.]  This year they have also added 2 electronic donation options:   Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

Weekly Communion Schedule
Holy Communion will be offered at each Sunday service as we work our way back into weekly attendance by all members who are able.  Service of the Word will continue to be live-broadcast for those who choose not to attend in-person quite yet, with the broadcast ending prior to the start of the Service of the Sacrament.
 

High School CLASS OF 2020 --

- MacKenzie G*rza -- June 5, 2020, Moses Lake High School,  with plans to finish beauty school when virus restrictions are lifted.
- Annika Kell*r -- high school completed (homeschool/Central WA Univ.), with plans to attend the Univ. of Washington.

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    Attendance last Sunday, 5/31/2020 --  21  (11 households)
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    From Pastor Lou: Truly, Truly #6 -- When Is Your Birthday?

    When is Your Birthday?                                                                                                                  6.03.2020

                death desert to life green


    Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word
    and believes him who sent me has eternal life.
    He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.


    -John 5:24-

          Our culture seems to have a prolonged interest in zombie stories. Television shows like The Walking Dead and movies about zombies and "the undead" seem to capture people's imagination and attention. One wonders if at times people are actually privately confessing their own dread of death and trying to deal with the reality, even in a fantasyland way, with the coming reality of their own death.

               We know in the depths of our being that we are not right.  We have fallen short of the standard of holiness and perfection that we ourselves would hold ourselves to, let alone the standard that a Holy God might (and truthfully does) expect.  The death sentence, "The wages of sin is death," looms over us all, and the paymaster's coming knock on our own door gives all pause.

               But in today's promise -- a promise good for every day -- Jesus makes clear the paymaster has been beaten.  I simply love the grammar of the Greek perfect verb tense, and this passage has a big one.  Remember, the Greek perfect verb indicates a completed action with on-going consequences.  In this passage, the perfect verb is translated "has passed."  So Jesus is saying that listening to him and believing that the Father has sent him (Jesus) gifts us personally, completely with eternal life.  The gift is so good that we will not have to endure judgment.  We have passed directly from death (the so-called life we think we have now) to life -- eternal life, where death no longer has a hold on us.

               Many early Christians would count their baptismal day as their date of birth, recognizing that the gift of faith that arrives through the power of the Holy Spirit is actually the date of birth of one's eternal life.  Our earthly life will come to an end in the earthly death (Luther calls this the small death), but our eternal life goes on forever.  We do not face the big death -- the judgment for our sins and being cast into the lake of fire as the just reward for our sins.

               Jesus has said so.  The promise of this verse then is directly related to that other Greek perfect verb spoken by Jesus on the cross -- "It is finished."  The Lord has gone and done it.  He has vanquished death, defeated Satan, and gained eternal life for those he has chosen.  The action is completed, done, finished, and the consequences are eternal for you and for me.

               Happy Birthday!

        Always remember Whose you are,

              

               Pastor Lou

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    Readings, Announcements for May 31, 2020

    Greetings from Living Word Lutheran Church

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    Pentecost
    Sunday

    May 31, 2020
    9:00 AM Service
      and continuing
    via Facebook LIVE
    First Reading: Numbers 11:24-30
    Psalm:  Psalm 25:1-15
    Second Reading: Acts 2:1-21
    Gospel Lesson:  John 7:37-39
    Links to the audio recordings and LIVE video
    of the Sunday Sermons & Readings
    are posted at the LW Announcements blog page:

    THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
    Sunday    May 31

     
    Pentecost Sunday Service, returning to our regular 9:00 AM start time.

      Facebook Live: The service will be broadcast on FB live for those who are not yet ready or able to return to a live service. 

    Audio and video links are posted at: livingwordml.livejournal.com to be viewed later.

    Contact Pastor Lou if you have any sort of ministry need ...
           or just to chat and let him know you are OK.  
        760-0274 ,     765-0321

    >> Keeping these in our Prayers:      
          Joyce R., at Columbia Crest;  & Gordon at Brookdale Hearthstone;
          Evie E., at home, and mourning the loss of her sister, Vivian;
          Debbie H, for restoration of hearing in her left ear after sudden loss this week;
          Patty Fode (ILC friend), recovering from a stoke, now at her son's home in Wenatchee;    
      

          the Neustel Family, as they search for a home in/near Moses Lake, and prepare to sell their Ellensburg house;
           Ron & Nancy H.,  searching for a house in the Wenatchee area, for a move to be closer to family;
          
    Parents, kids, & teachers whether struggling or thriving, while educating during this time away from the classroom;
                Anyone struggling with depression and loneliness during extended isolation; 

        Friends and Family battling cancer:       
            Alice F., under treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.;
             Paul B.,
    immunotherapy treatment;

             Angie, (Judene's sister), stage 4 lung cancer,  continues various treatments;
             Toni Smith (wife of Dick, Pastor Lou's pastor friend in N.Dakota), under treatment for lung cancer;
          
    Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
            
    Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
            Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece),  ganglioneuroblastoma (brain cancer);
            Bill, (brother of John Schafer), battling glioblastoma brain cancer;        
        Those who mourn the loss of loved ones; 
              especially Evie E., Amanda H., Ila, Joyce R., Pr. Swanson;
        Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
        Active military & law enforcement , & fire fighters & their families: for safety and peace in the line of duty:
            esp (military)  Jonathan Pinkerton, Riley Conahan, Fred Tucker, Olaf Moore, Brady Emerson,
                 Jordan Matthews, Luke Stover,  Logan Hesse,
            and (law enforcement) 
    Justin Ellestad, Scott Neustel, Jeff Warner, David Huey, Anandae Clark; 
       Those in the mission fields far from home, especially Danelle Putnam and Brenna Moss;
       Expectant mothers (and fathers!)
    esp. Kevin & Casey Hanson; 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
         --   Ron & Nancy's house sold!  (again) ;
         --   for the opportunity to again be together on Sunday mornings;

    >>> Continued prayers for:
                   -- Simon Rogers --  Michele B -- Sandy & Paul B. -- Arlene (Wayne's wife) -- Nancy Mahaney -- Jennifer (Boyer daughter, breast cancer) --  Jaime Garza -- Family & Friends of Rachel Lakoduk --  Dawn V. & Kaitlin V. --  Michelle --  Ken & DeAnne (Deb's parents) -- Julie Reynolds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) --  Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh -- Sundae and Frank (Tom's niece) -- Don West -- Mary (Sharon's friend), & Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone; Joyce at Columbia Crest;   Rev. Steve Myers (in Spokane) -- the farmers of South Africa.

    CHURCH OPENS FOR PENECOST SUNDAY - return to our 9:00 AM start time
    Governor Inslee's amended phase 2 guidelines for in-person church came out this week.
    Please read the attached What you need to know document (summarized here):
    Facemasks are required for over age 2 unless you have breathing issues (we have some available, or bring one from home);  chairs will be arranged in rows 6 feet apart, please sit in "family groups" with 3 seats between groups;  we can have 50 people in the building for the service;  hand washing, distancing, etc. need to be maintained;  online FB broadcast will continue for a number of weeks;
    As we always suggest for the festivity of the season, WEAR RED, even if you are going to be staying home and watching the LIVE feed this Sunday :)


    CROSSROADS Baby Bottle Fundraiser
    >> June 1 - July 15 ... This annual Crossroads fundraiser usually takes place between Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Covid restrictions caused a change of dates and method this year.  In stead of baby bottles, (if you are so inclined), please place your loose change, cash, or a check into a ziplock baggie and return it to Crossroads before July 15.  [Living Word  still has a few bottles, as does the Crossroads office (M-Th, 11am-4 pm) if an actual bottle would help you to remember.]  This year they have also added 2 electronic donation options:   Click here to donate online, or text “give” to 509-761-6420.   Crossroads is the Basin's crisis pregnancy and early childhood resource center.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Marilyn, 765-4425.    Thank you!

    LCMC CONNECTIONS MAGAZINE --
      If you would like a copy of the most recent issue, let us know and we'll figure out a way to get it to you, or pick one up on Sunday. Plenty of earlier issues available as well.

    News from Camp Lutherhaven
    "On May 13, 2020 the Board of Directors and senior management staff of Lutherhaven Ministries made the extraordinarily difficult decision to suspend until 2021 all of our children’s and youth camps at all of our locations ... This breaks our hearts, as we know it does yours...   Camp is relationships, running around, re-creation, restoration—outdoors, together, with Jesus. And because we care for kids, love kids, we believe it’s in the long term best interest of everyone that we set traditional youth camp aside for a season, look forward to Summer Camp/2021, and come up with creative new programs for this season for new community at Lutherhaven Ministries.
    Lutherhaven’s professional program leadership is being creative about ways we can continue to care for kids and families this summer and into the future. They are developing plans to open camp beginning in July for fun, safe, programmed day and overnight camping opportunities for families and for groups of all ages from regional churches."


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