God of all peoples,
your arms reach out to embrace all those who call upon you.
Teach us as disciples of your Son to love the world with compassion and constancy,
that your name may be known throughout the earth,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
A Reading from the Gospel of St. Matthew
21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon."
23But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, "Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us."
24He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
25But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me."
26He answered, "It is not fair to take the children's food and throw it to the dogs."
27She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."
28Then Jesus answered her, "Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." And her daughter was healed instantly.
P: The Gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.
Check your cabinets for expired medicine and properly dispose of them.
Avoid flushing medicines and other dangerous chemicals in the toilet or washing them down the sink.
Instead, take them to the Normal or Bloomington Police Departments.
This will help keep water clean and drug-free for other people to drink and for animals and plants to live in and consume.
(Creation Justice Ministries)
Last Call for Directory Updates
This is your last chance to update your contact infor for the 2020 print edition of the church directory.
If you have any new directory information (e.g., new or additional phone numbers, different postal address, new or added email address),
please contact the church office by August 24 so we can include that in the next print edition.
Also, if you want a printed copy of the church directory or a PDF copy emailed to you,
please call or email the church office.
We will not be making as many printed copies as in the past,
so let us know if we should print one for you.
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: