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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In the lesson from Romans that is appointed for this coming Sunday, Paul questions why we judge one another, since we all stand before the judgment of God.  Yet we do sin against one another, and Jesus' challenge that we forgive seventy-seven times, reveals God's boundless mercy.  As we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for Holly Rowyn Haydamack this Sunday, we are called to remember our own baptism and the covenant God made with us:  We are to go out into the world to be signs of God's reconciling love.

Prayer of the Day

O Lord God, merciful judge, you are the inexhaustible fountain of forgiveness.  Replace our hearts of stone with hearts that love and adore you, that we may delight in doing your will, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

Announcements:

Sunday School for all ages begins this Sunday, Sept. 14!  The kids begin at 9:45, and the adult class will begin at 10 am.  The kids and their teachers will be using a new curriculum, Seasons of the Spirit, which focuses on the same Scripture lessons that are used in worship each week.  The adult class will begin the year with a seven-week course entitled "Opening the Book of Faith:  Lutheran Insights for Bible Study."  This is part of an exciting five-year initiative of the ELCA designed to promote greater familiarity with the Bible!

Prayer concerns:

Prayers for safety and wisdom for all who serve in the military;
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones;
…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.