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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pastor's weekly message

Dear Friends in Christ,
In the Old Testament lesson for this coming Sunday, God invites all who are hungry or thirsty to receive food and drink without cost (Isaiah 55:1-5).  In our gospel lesson, Jesus feed the hungry multitude and reveals the abundance of God (Matthew 14:13-21).  At the Eucharistic table we remember all who are hungry or poor in our world today.  As we share the bread of life, we are sent forth to give ourselves away as bread for the hungry.
Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, your generosity waters the world with goodness, and you cover creation with abundance.  Awaken in us a hunger for the food that satisfies both body and spirit, and with this food fill all the starving world; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen

· A memorial service for Julie Zetterberg's father, Maurice Labrousse, will be held this Wednesday, July 30th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sherwood.

· SOV's youth will meet the second pastoral candidate at Papa's Pizza this Wednesday at 6 pm.

· Summer Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7 pm, July 30th through August 13th:  This summer we are taking 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 this week at the home of Neil and Dolores Austin.

· This coming Sunday, August 3rd, you are invited to meet the second pastoral candidate.  Time:  7 pm.  Place:  SOV, of course! 

Prayer concerns:

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

…Prayers for strength and guidance for all who are unemployed.