This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 5th

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Jesus does great deeds of power and gives his disciples authority over demons. Yet none of this power is unilateral; it all must be received by faith. Jesus asks his disciples to go out without money or supplies, so that they will be dependent on how others receive them. When we are sent from the assembly to witness and to heal, we are asked to be vulnerable, to be dependent on the reception of others. The Spirit always operates in the between: between Jesus and his Abba, between Jesus and us, between you and me, between us and those to whom we are sent.
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:1-5
The call of Ezekiel
Psalm: Psalm 123
Our eyes look to you, O God, until you show us your mercy. (Ps. 123:3)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
God’s power made perfect in weakness
Gospel: Mark 6:1-13
Sending of the Twelve to preach and heal
Liturgical Color: Green

 

“Good News” Newsletter – July 2015

The July 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – July 2015

In this issue:

  • Pondering Pastor: Not So Simple, Part 1
  • Letter from Cassie
  • “Assets” in Action!

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, June 28th

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A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

First Reading: Lamentations 3:22-33
Great is the LORD’s faithfulness
Psalm: Psalm 30
I will exalt you, O LORD, because you have lifted me up. (Ps. 30:1)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15
Excel in generosity, following the Lord Jesus
Gospel: Mark 5:21-43
Christ healing a woman and Jairus’s daughter
Liturgical Color: Green

 

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, June 21st

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Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.First Reading: Job 38:1-11
The creator of earth and sea
Psalm: Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32
God stilled the storm and quieted the waves of the sea. (Ps. 107:29)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Paul’s defense of his ministry
Gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Christ calming the sea
Liturgical Color: Green

 

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This Week in Worship – for Sunday, June 14th

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The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
The sign of the cedar, planted on the mountain of Israel
Psalm: Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14 (Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15 NRSV)
The righteous shall spread abroad like cedar of Lebanon. (Ps. 92:11)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17
In Christ, a new creation
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
The parable of the mustard seed
Liturgical Color: Green

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, June 7th

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A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are sisters and brothers of the Lord. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

First Reading: Genesis 3:8-15
God confronts Adam and Eve in the garden
Psalm: Psalm 130
With the LORD there is mercy and plenteous redemption. (Ps. 130:7)
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13–5:1
Renewed in the inner nature
Gospel: Mark 3:20-35
Doing the work of God as brothers and sisters of Christ
Liturgical Color: Green

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“Good News” Newsletter – June 2015

The June 2015 edition of your Abiding Presence Lutheran Church “Good News” newsletter is now available:

Abiding Presence Good News – June 2015

In this issue:

  • Faith Milestones at APLC
  • The Eagle has Landed!
  • BBQ Fun
  • A Note from your Editor

Previous issues of our newsletter can be found at http://www.doveandcross.org/newsletter/.