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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pastor's Wednesday Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ

     I noticed this line in the Second Lesson last Sunday: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you" (2 Corinthians 13:13) That line is the opening greeting of our worship service. It reminded me of how much of our worship language comes directly from the Bible.

     Here's more: 

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, [God] who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9)

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!" (Luke 2:14)

"Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

"The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love." (Numbers 14:18)

"On that day, the first day of the week . . . Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." (John 20:19)

"Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven." (Lamentations 3:41)

"[The seraphs] called to one another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

"The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!" (Matthew 21:9)

"For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

"Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven . . ." (Matthew 6:9-13)

"You shall say to them, the Lord bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace." (Numbers 6:23-26)

            Peace be with you,             Pastor Tom

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Lessons for Holy Trinity Sunday
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool
                   10:00 am Bible Study

Thursday     9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

Friday          9:00 - 1:00 PM KOK preschool

Saturday      9:30 - 11:30 am SOV choir rehearsal

Sunday        10:00 am One Worship Service
                        Pastoral Candidate Vote
                        Annual Congregational Meeting

Please note:
One service at 10:00 am on Sunday, June 11th, followed by Pastoral vote and Annual Congregational Meeting. Please plan to attend!