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Today we celebrated the fourth Sunday after Pentecost using the following Bible readings: Isaiah 55:10-13, Psalm 65:1-8, 9-13, and the New Testament Romans 8:1-11, Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23.
God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s table we are fed with the bread of life, that we may bear fruit in the world.
Our lector was Walt Wittorff
Today we prayed for all the survivors and the victims of that terrible tornado in Joplin as well as the devastation all over our country.
Pastor Wayne’s sermon was on the Gospel lesson from Matthew 13 that is the familiar parable of the sower. He reminded us that we have all been like all four of the soils in the parable. But what is the good news of the parable is that God by His word (seed) freely sows and by the power of His word and the nurture of the Holy Spirit can bring forth new life even in the face of death as He has done in Jesus the Christ.
The key question for us is – are we hospitable or inhospitable to His word that can give us new life? That is our dream, our hope. But God puts a condition on us – we must listen to His word, believe His word and know Jesus is the Risen Christ.
Monday at 5 p.m. the Sunshine Singers will meet at the church.
Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. people will meet at the church to go to an exercise class.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study and Women’s meeting.
We wish to welcome all visitors and the new members that have joined us.
Please come join us Sunday, as we have adult Bible study and Children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and the church service at 10:45 a.m.
Communion is the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and potluck luncheons are on the 1st and 3rd Sunday after the service.