June 14, 2020 – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day

God of compassion, you have opened the way for us and brought us to yourself. Pour your love into our hearts, that, overflowing with joy, we may freely share the blessings of your realm and faithfully proclaim the good news of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

I can tell a friend about Jesus.

I can tell a friend about Jesus.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Matthew 9:35—10:8

35Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

10:1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

P: The Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the hymn "Lord of Glory, You Have Brought Us" on the organ. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Introducing Our Sister Congregation

This month we are beginning a sister congregation relationship with another member of our synod. St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation roughly the same size as ours, located in Campbell Hill, Illinois, about 20 miles northwest of Carbondale. We will be keeping that congregation in our prayers.

Food Drive

The Mission committee is continuing to collect food that will be shared between Safe Harbor and the Midwest Food Bank. We are collecting the following items:

There is a box just inside the church entrance where you can deposit items. Please do not take items to Megan or Pastor Henrick's office.

Synod Council Statement

The Synod Council of the Central/Southern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America released a statement in response to the brutal and unjust killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The statement in its entirety can be read in the PDF file linked below, which was sent to the church office.

Synod Council Statement 6-6-2020

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