“Good News” Newsletter – August 2015

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

Abiding Presence Good News – August 2015

In this issue:

  • Thank you APLC
  • Pondering Pastor: Not So Simple, Part 2
  • It’s Sunday School Time!!!

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

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, August 2nd

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Apparently not satisfied by Jesus’ feeding of thousands, some who were there press him for a sign of his power; perhaps it is daily manna they want. As always in John’s gospel when people want a sign, Jesus offers himself. He is the bread come from heaven to give life to the world. He calls us to come to him and believe in him, and through that relationship to know the one who sent him.

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
Psalm: Psalm 78:23-29 (24, 25)
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16
Gospel: John 6:24-35
Color: Green

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 26th

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Today is the first of five Sundays with gospel readings from John 6, the first four of which focus on Jesus as bread of life. Today Jesus feeds thousands of people with five loaves and two fish. What we have, what we bring to Jesus’ table seems like it is not nearly enough to meet all the needs we see around us. But it is not the adequacy of our supplies or our skills that finally makes the difference: it is the power of Jesus working in the littlest and least to transform this world into the world God desires, a world where all the hungry are satisfied.

First Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44
Elisha feeding a hundred people
Psalm: Psalm 145:10-19 (Psalm 145:10-18 NRSV)
You open wide your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature. (Ps. 145:17)
Second Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
Prayer for wisdom, strength, and Christ’s indwelling
Gospel: John 6:1-21
Christ feeding the five thousand
Liturgical Color: Green

This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 19th

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Mark’s gospel makes clear how great was the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6
From David’s line, a righteous shepherd for Israel
Psalm: Psalm 23
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22
Reconciled to God through Christ, our peace
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56
Christ healing the multitudes
Liturgical Color: Green

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This Week in Worship – for Sunday, July 12th

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When Amos told what he saw when God held up the plumb line of justice next to Israel—that the poor were being trampled—he was a threat to the power of priests and king. John the Baptist also spoke truth to power, and Herod had him beheaded. In Herod’s fear that Jesus is John returned from the dead, we may hear hope for the oppressed: that all the prophets killed through the ages are alive in Jesus. We are called to witness to justice in company with them.

First Reading: Amos 7:7-15
The sign of the plumb line: God’s judgment on Israel
Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13
I will listen to what the LORD God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
Chosen in Christ to live to the praise of God’s glory
Gospel: Mark 6:14-29
The death of John the Baptist
Liturgical Color: Green

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