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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pastor's Weekly Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

In our gospel lesson for this coming Sunday, Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter's bold confession of faith. God's word of reconciliation and mercy are keys to the church's mission. In the lesson from Romans (12:1-8), Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world, but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the Lord's house we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

Prayer of the Day

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen


· NOTE: Sunday, August 31, we will hold only ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10:30 am. Beginning Sunday, September 7, our worship times will move back to 8:30 and 11 am.

· Sunday, September 7 is Rally Day at Shepherd of the Valley! Lots of fun activities are planned for the kickoff of Sunday School, and there will be exciting things happening in worship, too!

· Sunday School for all ages begins 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 strength and guidance for all who are caring for loved ones.

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