July 5, 2020 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

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Prayer of the Day

You are great, O God, and greatly to be praised. You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Grant that we may believe in you, call upon you, know you, and serve you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew

Matthew 11:1–12

1Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.

2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" 4Jesus answered them, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me."

7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: "What did you go out into thewilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written,

'See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
who will prepare your way before you.'

11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force."

Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Our own Lisa Alvis plays the song "God Bless America" on the piano. You can find more performances like this if you check out Lisa's YouTube channel.

Weekly Announcements

We remember in our prayers

Becoming a Good Steward

Use green transportation. How do you get from place to place? Make a plan for how you can reduce your footprint. Does your city/town have public transportation? Are there places where you can walk or bike instead of drive? Are there places you can carpool? School, work, church, and small group meetings are great places to carpool. Make a commitment and plan to improve your carbon footprint. (Creation Justice Ministries)

Church Office Closed

The church office will be closed Monday, July 6 in observancee of the Independence Day holiday. It will also be closed Monday, July 13 in anticipation of being open on the following Friday, July 17, when Pastor returns from post-vacation quarantine.

Virtual Vacation Bible Study Coming Soon!

Watch for church email and the website in the next week for information on how to participate in the online Vacation Bible School this summer. Open to all member families including visiting grandchildren and other relatives.

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.

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