logo

Readings, Announcements for September 26, 2021

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



Pentecost +18

September 26, 2021
First Reading: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29
Psalm:  Psalm 104   (RCL27-35)
Second Reading: James 5:(1-12) 13-20
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 9:38-50
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday September 26

Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
      Tim T. officiating.
   (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast --
         please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person
        and would like to arrange to have communion.
Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 Pastor Lou and Debbie traveling/attending ALC pastor conference,
     South Dakota
 No classes this week.

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   Wayne L., for peace and comfort at the death of his wife, Arlene, on Sunday 9/19;
  
Curtis & the Robill-rd family, at the loss of his Uncle Fred (fishing accident);
   
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
EECMY churches, pastors, and students we support in Ethiopia, brutal events & persecutions in civil war;
   Christians in Afghanistan;
  
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness;
> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   John Schaf-r, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis; chemotherapy treatments for monthly for 6 months;
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L-hou's daughter-in-law);
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
   Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and  Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both with glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially Wayne, the Robill-rds, Conah-ns, Neust-ls, LeM-sters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers;
>Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especial
ly Kari & Kevin Kunk-l.; Lexi & Caleb;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
  -- It's a Boy! Ronan Curtis, born 9/15, firstborn of Alec and Emily; Congrats to Curtis & Shelley, proud grandparents for the third time;
       --  Happy Birthday this week  to
Keith H-ll, (9/22), John Sch-fer (9/23), Sue McC & Melody (9/23); Ann LeM (9/26); Bertina G. (9/30); Lee L (10/1);
>Continued Prayers for:
     Active military & law enforcement (especially Jonathan P., Olaf M., Brady E., Jordan M., Luke S., Logan H.;  * Justin E, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C;
      
Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone - 
Vicki G at Columbia Crest - Carlos S.;  Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) --Jake & Jennifer (Charlene's daughter, grandson)  -  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) -  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh - Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).

Pastor Conference
Pastor Lou and Debbie will be driving to Brookings, South Dakota this week attend the Augsburg Lutheran Churches annual pastor conference at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, departing Sept. 25 and returning approx. October 1.  Email and cell phone messages will be checked and replied to whenever service signals are available.  Thank you Tim T. for again filling the pulpit on Sunday Sept. 26.

CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER BANQUET
The annual Crossroads dinner event, for 2021 is scheduled for October 9 at the Fairgrounds 4-H building.  Living Word purchases a Table at this banquet, giving opportunity for 8 of our members to attend, eat a good prime rib dinner, and listen to the speaker at no direct cost to them.  There will be an opportunity to donate to the work of Crossroads.  Please consider your ability/desire to attend this year and let Pastor and/or Debbie know ASAP (phone or email).
We have space for 2 more at our table.

Did You Know ...
... that Living Word Lutheran Church has been the main support for the seminary of the North Central Ethiopia Synod of the Mekana Yesus Church for several years?  This relationship began when the Augustana District of the LCMC noticed our annual contribution was just about what was needed to support their seminary students at about 50% of costs (the student is expected to pay the balance), and allowed Pastor Lou to travel with a group of AD pastors to visit there in 2018, meet the leadership and bishop, and develop a good knowledge of what they do there.  The church in Ethiopia has been growing at an amazing rate, but now an ugly civil war (Chrisian vs Muslim governments, and tribal lines) has caused many Christians to flee to the smaller towns to avoid the atricities and threat of death that have been happening there.  The situation has become very dire, and an appeal has been issued for funds to be raised asap to help these refugees.  Living Word has been blessed with generous givers and low fixed operating costs, and at the member meeting on Sept. 13 it was decided we would send $10,000 of our uncommitted funds to this Crisis Fund to be made available immediately, while the AD is challenging all congregations of the district to raise at least that much more in special funding.   Anyone who feels personally moved to send a donation in to this emergency fund can follow the links above, or speak to Pastor Lou for more details.


SANCTUARY CHAIRS
     Many of you have noticed the deterioration of a number of our sanctuary chair coverings.  Those chairs were first put into use in 2007 when we moved into the room at ML Christian School.  When we moved to this location, another 50 chairs were purchased in 2012, some with arm rests to assist those who need some help standing from the sitting position.  When the first chairs started showing wear, ("cheap Chinese fabric," we were told), we bought a few replacement backs and seats, and had some extra fabric from the first set to help with some of the other repairs.  It appears now, however, that the company we had been using is no more (covid?), and so the search is on for a fabric that matches 'close enough' and a company that will sell it to us as non-commercial buyers.  Several leads are being followed at this time.  So YES, they do need to be fixed!  As soon as we get some fabric, we will schedule a "staple gun party" for any and all to help get that done!  Stay tuned & thank you.

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


Attendance last Sunday; Sept. 19, 2021:  48 + 6  live on Facebook service
logo

A Note from Pastor Lou -- Truly #73 -- Christ Alone

Christ Alone                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            9.23.2021  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       "Peter's Denial" by Rosana Casco

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

Matthew 26:34

          We are fast approaching Jesus' arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus has organized the last Passover meal with his disciples in the upper room. He predicted one of the disciples would betray him. He has instituted holy communion at the close of the Passover meal. The disciples join him in singing a hymn and walking across the valley to the Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas has slipped away.

          Jesus predicts they will all fall away this very night.  But Peter insists that he will never fall away.  He will follow no matter what ...   And then Jesus says, "Truly I tell you [singular, said only to Peter] this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times." Peter argues the point, "Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you." Our text goes on to say "all the disciples said the same."
          But as Paul Harvey liked to say, "now we know the rest of the story."  What are we to make of this?  Some will condemn Peter for making rash statements about his own capabilities and failing to keep his promises.  Is that really right?  Who else would even dare to try to follow Jesus as Peter did on that night?  Who else had the courage to try?  None of the other disciples did.  No, the reality is that Peter attempted to be more faithful than anyone else on that night.  Because of his failed attempt, we have an eyewitness account of what happened to Jesus after his arrest.  Peter is to be admired for  his attempt, in his over-confident and ambitious way, to do what is humanly impossible -- to follow Jesus perfectly.  We are to recognize that if Peter could not follow the Lord in his own strength and ability that we, too, must rely solely on Jesus and not ourselves.

          In his commentary, William Barclay makes some really good observations about this passage:

1)  Jesus was realistic.  He knew what was coming but did it all anyway.  All the suffering, betrayal, and abandonment was clearly known to him.

2)  Jesus was confident.  He said, "After I have been raised, I will go before you to Galilee."  He was sure of the suffering but even more sure of the coming glory.

3)  Jesus was sympathetic.  He did not condemn the disciples for their weakness.  He did not wag his finger at them, reproach them, call them unworthy or any such thing.  He knows they [and we] are creatures who need him to do the task appointed (the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world).  He knows all men [and women] at their worst and still loves us all the way through the cross.[1]

          The story of Peter's overconfidence in his own abilities and failure that results are  good reminders to remember Luther's explanation to the Third Article of the Creed: 

"I believe I cannot, by my own reason or strength, believe in my Lord Jesus Christ or come to him ..."  Peter tried, in his own reason and strength, and failed.  Thank God Jesus sent the Holy Spirit:  "But the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith."  Jesus will restore Peter, and has claimed you through the power of the Holy Spirit.

          Remember Whose you are --          

          Pastor Lou





[1] Barclay, William.  The Gospel of Matthew, volume 2. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1958, p. 379-380

logo

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- Sept. 19, 2021

Pentecost +17, year B -- "To Be Like God"

First Reading:      Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm:                  Psalm 54
Second Reading:  James 3:13 - 4:10
Gospel Reading:  Mark 9:30-37

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 9.19.2021   (Available online for 90 days)

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.19.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
 ReC     14       Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
 ReC     76       Thy Holy Wings
  ReC 215      In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found
 ReC  258       Jesus Loves Me!
logo

Readings, Announcements for September 19, 2021

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



Pentecost +17

September 19, 2021
First Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-20
Psalm:  Psalm 54
Second Reading: James 3:13 - 4:10
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 9:30-27
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE:
Sunday September 19

Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
   (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast --
         please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person
        and would like to arrange to have communion.
Tuesday September 21   Confirmation -- 6:00 PM -- in student homes
Wed'sday September 22 Bible History class: 7:00 - 8:30 pm, in the fellowship hall
    (No Mark study class at this time)
Thursday September. 23 Table Talk -- in the fellowship hall -- drop in, from 5 to 7 pm
Sept. 25 - Oct. 1 Pastor Lou and Debbie traveling/attending ALC pastor conference, S.Dakota

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   Arlene (wife of Wayne) whose time on this earth is short after slipping into a (diabetic?) coma;
  
Curtis & the Robillard family, at the loss of his Uncle Fred (fishing accident);
   
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
EECMY churches, pastors, and students we support in Ethiopia, brutal events & persecutions in civil war;
   Christians in Afghanistan;
  
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness;
> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
  John S., undergoing chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma;
    Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law);
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
   Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and  Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both with glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Robillards, Conahans, Neustels, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especial
ly Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
  -- It's a Boy! Ronan Curtis, born 9/15, firstborn of Alec and Emily; Congrats to Curtis & Shelley, proud grandparents for the third time;
       --  Happy Birthday this week  to
Grethe (9/18), Ed N. and Lauren H. (9/19), Keith H. (9/22), and John Schaf-r. (9/23);
   
--  Covid recoveries:  Giving thanks that Harold and Paula are much improved this week; and Chris N. is back to work;
>
Continued Prayers for:
     Active military & law enforcement (especially Jonathan P., Olaf M., Brady E., Jordan M., Luke S., Logan H.;  * Justin E, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C;
      
Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone - 
Vicki G at Columbia Crest - Carlos S.;  Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) --Jake & Jennifer (Charlene's daughter, grandson)  -  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) -  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh - Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).

Pastor Conference
Pastor Lou and Debbie will be driving to Brookings, South Dakota last week of this month to attend the Augsburg Lutheran Churches annual pastor conference at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, departing Sept. 25 and returning approx. October 1.  Email and cell phone messages will be checked and replied to, whenever service signals are available.  Thank you Tim T. for again filling in for Sunday Sept. 26.

Did You Know ...
... that Living Word Lutheran Church has been the main support for the seminary of the North Central Ethiopia Synod of the Mekana Yesus Church for several years?  This relationship began when the Augustana District of the LCMC noticed our annual contribution was just about what was needed to support their seminary students at about 50% of costs (the student is expected to pay the balance), and allowed Pastor Lou to travel with a group of AD pastors to visit there in 2018, meet the leadership and bishop, and develop a good knowledge of what they do there.  The church in Ethiopia has been growing at an amazing rate, but now an ugly civil war (Chrisian vs Muslim governments, and tribal lines) has caused many Christians to flee to the smaller towns to avoid the atricities and threat of death that have been happening there.  The situation has become very dire, and an appeal has been issued for funds to be raised asap to help these refugees.  Living Word has been blessed with generous givers and low fixed operating costs, and at the member meeting on Sept. 13 it was decided we would send $10,000 of our uncommitted funds to this Crisis Fund to be made available immediately, while the AD is challenging all congregations of the district to raise at least that much more in special funding.   Anyone who feels personally moved to send a donation in to this emergency fund can follow the links above, or speak to Pastor Lou for more details.


CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER BANQUET
The annual Crossroads dinner event, for 2021 is scheduled for October 9 at the Fairgrounds 4-H building.  Living Word purchases a Table at this banquet, giving opportunity for 8 of our members to attend, eat a good prime rib dinner, and listen to the speaker at no direct cost to them.  There will be an opportunity to donate to the work of Crossroads.  Please consider your ability/desire to attend this year and let Pastor and/or Debbie know, or sign up on the sheet on the fellowship hall enry table.
We have space for 2-3 more at our table.
BIBLE STUDY -- schedule changes
     TABLE TALK:  "What does this mean?" -- continues on a drop-in basis, Thursdays between 5 and 7 PM in the fellowship hall -- informal Christian conversation about books or devotionals you are reading, have read or heard in current events, Sunday's sermon or lectionary readings, and/or listen to answers to questions of others. 

   BIBLE HISTORY -- Due to strong interest, we will discontinue the Wednesday Mark study for now and use that time for the Bible History study group.  Materials are ordered but may be delayed past the September 15 start date, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the fellowship hall.   Still Time to Join Us!
Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"

Attendance last Sunday; Sept. 12, 2021:  46 + 2  live on Facebook service
logo

A Note from Pastor Lou: Truly #72 -- Who Could Do Such a Thing?

Who Could Do Such a Thing?                                                                                                                                                                                    9.18.2021  

           

And as they were eating, he said, "Truly I say to you, one of you will betray me."

Matthew 26:21

        Jesus and the disciples have entered Jerusalem. There is a strong sense of foreboding in the air. Jesus has predicted he will be arrested, persecuted, tortured, and killed. the disciples are not really sure what this all means, but they are resigned to continuing with their Master on the road he has chosen. There has been some debate among them about who will lead the little group after Jesus is gone, but Jesus has quelled such talk and has focused strictly on the events at hand. It is arranged to have a final Passover meal together in an upper room in Jerusalem.

           It must have been a real bombshell when Jesus made this statement, "one of you will betray me."  Who could do such a thing?  The twelve have been with Jesus for three years now, at his calling.  They have witnessed marvelous divine things, and all have followed Peter's word in believing that Jesus is the promised Messiah, the Holy One of God, even if they have not yet grasped the full ramifications of that identity.  So for these twelve to hear "one of you will betray me" must have been a sobering shocker.  Yet, with all of their convictions and sincere insistence that they are true followers, there is a sense with every one of them, "Am I the one who will betray?"  They each know it could be them; and each and every one of us knows that in a pinch, in a moment of fear, in a weak moment, in temptation, we could, we would, betray the Lord.  In truth, each and every one of the disciples does betray the Lord.  They all run away when Jesus is arrested.  They are not there with him as he is persecuted.  Peter will deny him three times. Judas is the one everyone remembers, but in truth the others all abandoned Jesus to his fate.

           Betrayal -- the breaking of trust, the destruction of a covenant, the fracturing of a relationship in deeply hurtful ways.  If there is one thing that seems unforgiveable to us people, it is betrayal.  This Jesus receives from his disciples.  What do I do when I feel betrayed?  The desire to get even, to seek revenge, to strike out in anger and retribution is our natural response.  But Jesus shows the more excellent way.  He endures, persists, forgives, and restores.  I happen to believe he even would have done that for Judas if Judas had come to him in tears, confessing his evil, and begging for forgiveness.  But Judas did not believe Jesus was the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, so he was left with the overwhelming guilt that he had killed an innocent man.  The wages of sin is death.  Judas knew he had caused Jesus' death by his betrayal.  Judas hung himself.

           All the other disciples, including Peter, will feel the guilt of the "lesser" betrayal -- having run away or denied the Lord in the moment of trial.  But they were desiring and hoping against hope and all reason that God would make it right.  Jesus did, after all, say that after three days he would rise again.  Jesus did rise again, and those disciples have a story that will set the course of their lives the rest of their days, because they were chosen by Jesus and forgiven for their sins. 

           This is ours also.        

           Remember Whose you are,

               Pastor Lou

logo

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- sermon audio/service video -- September 12, 2021

Pentecost +16, year B -- "Help My Unbelief"

First Reading:      Isaiah 50:4-10
Psalm:                  Psalm 116:1-9
Second Reading:  James 3:1-12
Gospel Reading:  Mark 9:14-29

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 9.12.2021   (Available online for 90 days)

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.12.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
ReC 267     Lord Speak to Us, that We May Speak
ReC 208     Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
ReC    50     Now Thank We All Our God
ReC     58     Sent Forth By God's Blessing
logo

Readings and Announcements for September 12, 2021

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



Pentecost +16

September 12, 2021
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-10
Psalm:  Psalm 116:1-9
Second Reading: James 3:1-12
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 9:14-29
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday September 12

Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
         (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast --
         please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person
        and would like to have communion.)
Monday September 13 Quarterly Member Meeting:  7:00 PM, fellowship hall
Tuesday September 14   Confirmation -- 6:00 PM -- in the homes
Wed'sday September 15 Bible History class: 7 - 8:30 pm, in the fellowship hall
 (No Mark study class for now)
Thursday September. 16 Table Talk -- in the fellowship hall -- drop in, from 5 to 7 pm

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   Harold & Paula, (Don's parents), have been very sick with covid infection (at home);
   Wayne L., finding it harder to get out and about these days; bad knee;
  
Chris N., recovering from covid infection and blood clot in his leg, at home;
   Curtis & the Robillard family, at the loss of his Uncle Fred (accidental drowning while fishing);
    For teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other support staff as children return to school;
 
    For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;

EECMY churches, pastors, and students we support in Ethiopia, brutal events & persecutions in civil war;
   Christians in Afghanistan, expecting to be persecuted & possibly killed in the coming weeks;
  
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness;
> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law);
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
   Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and  Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both with glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Robillards, Conahans, Neustels, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especial
ly Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
  -- Happy Birthday this week  to Chris N. (9/7), and Grethe (9/18);
       --
Happy Anniversary to Sam & Mary R. (9/12)
>
Continued Prayers for:
     Active military & law enforcement (especially Jonathan P., Olaf M., Brady E., Jordan M., Luke S., Logan H.;  * Justin E, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C;
      
Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone - 
Vicki G at Columbia Crest - Carlos S.;  Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) --Jake & Jennifer (Charlene's daughter, grandson)  -  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) -  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh - Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).

QUARTERLY MEMBER MEETING
September 13, 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall.  Agenda items to include additional missions benevolence;  other agenda items can be sent to Curtis or Debbie.  All members welcome to attend.


FELLOWSHIP
>> Stay for some COFFEE in the fellowship hall after Sunday services:

Christ Offers Forgiveness For Everyone Everywhere (and this is maybe *why* Lutherans love their *coffee* so much!)

CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER BANQUET
The annual Crossroads dinner event, for 2021 is scheduled for October 9 at the Fairgrounds 4-H building.  Living Word purchases a Table at this banquet, giving opportunity for 8 of our members to attend, eat a good prime rib dinner, and listen to the speaker at no direct cost to them.  Please consider your ability/desire to attend this year and let Pastor and/or Debbie know, or sign up on the sheet on the fellowship hall enry table.
We have space for more more at our table.
BIBLE STUDY -- schedule changes
     TABLE TALK:  "What does this mean?" -- continues on a drop-in basis, Thursdays between 5 and 7 PM in the fellowship hall -- informal Christian conversation about books or devotionals you are reading, have read or heard in current events, Sunday's sermon or lectionary readings, and/or listen to answers to questions of others. 

   BIBLE HISTORY -- Due to strong interest, we will discontinue the Wednesday Mark study for now and use that time for the Bible History study group.  Materials are ordered but may be delayed past the September 15 start date, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the fellowship hall.
Agnus Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Agnus Day appears with the permission of  www. agnusday. org"


Attendance last Sunday; Sept. 5, 2021:  41 + 8   live on Facebook service
logo

A Note from Pastor Lou: Truly #71 -- Mind Your Own

Mind Your Own                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.10.2021  

         

Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world,
what she has done will also be told in memory of her.

Matthew 26:13

              This narrative concerning an extravagant act of love toward Jesus is found in all four of the Gospel accounts, with the details being somewhat variable. Mark has a flask of nard being used by the woman as she anoints Jesus' feet, wiping his feet with her hair. Here in Matthew, the woman dumps the ointment on his head. In Luke, a sinful woman is seen by the host anointing Jesus. In John, it is Mary the sister of Lazarus who anoints Jesus' feet and then wipes them with her tears and hair.

           The commonality across these narratives is what is described as an extravagant, wasteful act done towards the Lord, when there are obviously so many better things that could have been done with the money had the ointment been sold and the money given to the poor.  In Matthew's account, "the disciples" were indignant at this waste;  in Mark's account, "some of the disciples" were indignant;  and in John's account, Judas Iscariot openly questions the appropriateness of this gift.

           In all the versions of the incident, Jesus' response is basically the same, "Let her alone.  She has done a beautiful thing for me.  What she has done will be remembered.  The poor you will always have with you."  On first hearing this we may be tempted to wonder why Jesus would say such a thing, because he has been quite insistent that care for the orphan, sick, widowed, or poor is something that has been neglected and needs to be rectified.  Here Jesus is making a much deeper point.  When anyone at such an event can stand in judgment of the priorities and behaviors of those present, sticking their noses and opinions into another person's life and pretending to know the most God-pleasing action to be taken in every circumstance, these folks are trespassing.  Such trespassers do not know the motivations, desires, or reasons that another person has for the actions they take.  Assuming bad motives, less than honorable intentions, or simply bad stewardship in other people is, in reality, a violation of the eighth commandment's language of "putting the best construction on everything."  We people of unclean lips and impure hearts should be very careful about casting aspersions and judging others, because the standard by which we judge is the standard by which we will be judged.

           In this narrative, Jesus puts an end to all the second-guessing and gossipy talk which can occur in observing the actions of others.  This  woman's actions toward Jesus, extravagance and all, has been remembered everywhere the Gospel has been heard, just as Jesus said it would be.  And yes, we still have the poor among us who we can help. 

We need to remember daily Whose we are.

               Pastor Lou

logo

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost -- Sermon audio/service video -- September 5, 2021

Pentecost +15, year B -- "One Word"

First Reading:      Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm:                  Psalm 146
Second Reading:  James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-18
Gospel Reading:  Mark 7:24-37

Podcast -- Sermon audio only -- 9.05.2021   (Available online for 90 days)

Facebook LIVE video -- 9.05.2021 service

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

Today's hymns:
    ReC   3     Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken
    WoV 738      Healer of Our Every Ill
    ReC   20       All Creatures of Our God and King  (v. 1, 5, 6, 7)
    ReC  232     He Leadeth Me
logo

Readings, Announcements for September 5, 2021

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



Pentecost +15

September 5, 2021
First Reading: Isaiah 35:4-7a
Psalm:  Psalm 146
Second Reading: James 2:1-10, 14-18
Gospel Lesson:  Mark 7:(24-30) 31-37
               
THIS WEEK at a GLANCE: 
Sunday September 5

Service of the Word --   9:00 AM,  in person and on Facebook Live;
      followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
         (Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast --
         please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person
        and would like to have communion.)
Monday September 6 Sons of Norway meeting -- 6 pm, in the fellowship hall
Tuesday September 7   ML Ministerial Assoc. meeting -- Pastor Lou -- noon,
       at ML Presby.church
Confirmation -- 6:00 PM -- in the homes
Wed'sday September 8 Bible Study: MARK chpt. 8, in the fellowship hall, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Thursday September. 9 Table Talk -- in the fellowship hall -- drop in, from 5 to 7 pm

> Keeping these in our Prayers:
   Harold & Paula, (Don's parents), very sick with covid infection (at home);
   Wayne L., finding it harder to get out and about these days; bad knee;
  
Chris N., recovering from covid pneumonia infection at home after brief hospitalization last month;
   For teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other support staff as children return to school;  
    For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;

EECMY churches, pastors, and students we support in Ethiopia, brutal events & persecutions in civil war;
   Christians in Afghanistan, expecting to be persecuted & possibly killed in the coming weeks;
  
   Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness;
> Friends and Family battling Cancer:  
   Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
   Carol (Mike L. daughter-in-law);
   Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), stage IV esophageal cancer;
  
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
   Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
   Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
   Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
   Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);  
   Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
   Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
   Aliyah  (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and  Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both with glioblastoma brain cancer.   

> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
      especially the Conahans, Neustels, Robillards, LeMasters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers, Neustels, & Ellestads;
>Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
    especial
ly Alec & Emily R.; Kari & Kevin K.;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially
Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
  -- Happy Birthday this week  to Nancy H. (9/8); and Happy Anniversary to Lou & Debbie (9/9)
>
Continued Prayers for:
     Active military & law enforcement (especially Jonathan P., Olaf M., Brady E., Jordan M., Luke S., Logan H.;  * Justin E, Jeff W, David H;  Riley C;
      
Evie at home;  Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone - 
Vicki G at Columbia Crest - Carlos S.;  Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) --Jake & Jennifer (Charlene's daughter, grandson)  -  Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) -  Joe M., Danette, Kyle E.,  Loren, Josh - Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).

QUARTERLY MEMBER MEETING
September 13, 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall.  Agenda items to include additional missions benevolence;  other agenda items can be sent to Curtis or Debbie.  All members welcome to attend.


CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER BANQUET
Mark your calendar for the annual Crossroads dinner event, scheduled this year for October 9 at the Fairgrounds.  Traditionally Living Word purchases a table at this banquet, giving opportunity for 8 of our members to attend, eat a good prime rib dinner, and listen to the speaker at no direct cost to them.  Please consider your ability/desire to attend this year and let Pastor and/or Debbie know -- we still have 4 seats available.  Sign up sheet on the fellowship hall enry table.


BIBLE STUDY options for Fall
1.  TABLE TALK:  "What does this mean?" --Thursdays between 5 and 7 PM in the fellowship hall -- Christian conversation about books or devotionals you are reading, have read or heard in current events, Sunday's sermon or lectionary readings, and/or listen to answers to questions of others.  Informal; 1-2 hours per session, drop in;   Tentatively set for Thursdays - may change from week to week.

2.  The Gospel of MARK -- Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the fellowship hall, beginning Sept. 8 -- a continuation of the Mark Study we began quite a while ago ... picking up at chapter 8.
3.  BIBLE HISTORY --  Do you wish you knew more about the history and people of Bible times?  Come listen to and discuss the stories of the Old and New Testaments that you may or may not have learned about in Sunday School.  Story book and study workbook = approx. $37.00;   Please talk to Pastor Lou if you are interested in this sort of class so we can set date/time and order materials.

4. OTHER:  If you have a theological "itch" you'd like to have scratched ... Let's hear some suggestions!     -- Pastor Lou

Blood Donations
There is an urgent need for donated blood and blood products of all types at this time.  If you have never given blood, or haven't done so recently, please consider it.  Moses Lake appointments available most any time of the day, make one online or by phone (877-25-VITAL).  Additional perks:  quiet time to read a book;  find out your blood type;  get a mini physical for free;   find out if you have covid antibodies;  and snacks after.   Thank you!

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

Attendance last Sunday; August 29, 2021:  31