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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,
 
The welcome of baptism is for all God's children.  This baptismal gift sets us free from the power of sin and death.  In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday (Matthew 10:40-42), Jesus promises that the disciple who gives a cup of cold water to the little ones serves Christ himself.  From worship we are sent on our baptismal mission:  to serve the little ones of this world and to be a sign of God's merciful welcome.  This Sunday the church also commemorates the apostles Peter and Paul, who according to tradition were martyred on this date.

Prayer of the Day

O God, you direct our lies by your grace, and your words of justice and mercy reshape the world.  Mold us into a people who welcome your word and serve one another, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Please read on for congregational announcements and prayer concerns!

Announcements:

Join us this coming Friday evening and all day Saturday, June 27-28, for Vacation Bible School!  We're going to have a treetop Bible blast, as we travel to the tropical rainforest of South America to learn how we can care for God's creation.  The fun begins Friday evening at 5:45 and lasts until 8 pm that evening.  We will resume our adventure on Saturday morning at 10 am.  Lunch is included in the fun!  We will be done by 3 pm on Saturday.  At the second worship service on Sunday, we'll have a chance to share some of what we've learned with the congregation.
 
Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 2nd through August 13th:  This summer we will take a long, hard look at the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7.  The heart of Jesus' teaching is more relevant than ever in a world of turmoil.  How should we as Christians and as a Church respond to the challenge of his words?  Join us on Wednesday evenings for some powerful  and provocative discussion and study.  The group will be facilitated by Kevin Cope and will meet at the home of Ken and Charlotte Harris.
 
Prayer concerns:

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

…Prayers for strength and comfort for all the people in the Midwest who have lost so much in the wake of the terrible flooding.