Monday, July 15, 2019

Mercy as the Way of Christ


Worship on Sunday, July 14 …





We awaken to mercy as the Way of Christ, to be embraced by all who would follow him!
╬ Mercy!   The way of Jesus is a way of mercy. The cry for mercy caused Jesus to stand still, and motivated him to respond to the outcasts whom society attempted to silence. As followers of Jesus in the way of mercy, we are called not only to respond to the needs of others, but to be motivated by a new kind of vision, one that recognizes all people as worthy of compassion, love, dignity and hope.

Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.

Julia Miller will preach at both services.
Reggie Kikta, a Synodically Authorized Minister will preside in Communion.

Blessings to you all in Pentecost worship!
- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org



PRAYER OF THE DAY ---------------------------

God of life, in the face of harshness and disregard, teach us the way of your Christ, the way of mercy and empathy, caring and self-giving love.  Bless us to bless your world with mercy.  Amen.



READINGS --------------------------------------------
First Reading:  Micah 6:1-8

6 Hear what the Lord says: Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.  2 Hear, you mountains, the controversy of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.  3 "O my people, what have I done to you?  In what have I wearied you? Answer me!  4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.  5 O my people, remember now what King Balak of Moab devised, what Balaam son of Beor answered him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord."  6 "With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?  Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?  7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?  Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"  8 He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Psalm 86:1-13
1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.

2 Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you.  You are my God;

3 be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long.

4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.

6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication.

7 In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

8 There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.

9 All the nations you have made shall come and bow down before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

10 For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.

12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

13 For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.

Second Reading:  1 Timothy 1:12-17
12 I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the foremost. 16 But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel:  Matthew 20:29-34
29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, "Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!" 32 Jesus stood still and called them, saying, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34 Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Restorative Justice July 7, 2019

Worship on Sunday, July 7 …

We deepen our focus on justice as the Way of Christ as we embraced the power of Restorative Justice! 
Pr. Tim Anderson will preach and preside in Communion at both services.





╬ Restorative Justice!   Retributive or punitive justice has come to characterize much of our legal process today.  But there is another understanding of justice that is rooted in the Christian calling to reconciliation and redemption.  "Repairing the harm done by crime - beyond what happens in the courtroom" is a good working definition of restorative justice. The term and its various practices are Biblical, and they're not just for soothing the pain caused by crime. Restorative practices help us move forward in our day-to-day life together. They help communities and families stay together, individuals to heal, and allow for the light of hope to flourish even in the darkest of circumstances.

 Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings. 


PLEASE NOTE:
We have three Readings today, two from Hebrew Testament along with Gospel (no Psalm).

  
Blessings to you all in Pentecost worship!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org



PRAYER OF THE DAY ----------------------------

God of life, in the midst of a broken world, teach us the ways of your Christ, ways of healing, reconciling and redeeming.  Bless us to be peacemakers even in the face of violence and tragedy.  Amen.



READINGS ---------------------------------------
First Reading:  Leviticus 6:1-7
6  The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2 When any of you sin and commit a trespass against the Lord by deceiving a neighbor in a matter of a deposit or a pledge, or by robbery, or if you have defrauded a neighbor, 3 or have found something lost and lied about it — if you swear falsely regarding any of the various things that one may do and sin thereby — 4 when you have sinned and realize your guilt, and would restore what you took by robbery or by fraud or the deposit that was committed to you, or the lost thing that you found, 5 or anything else about which you have sworn falsely, you shall repay the principal amount and shall add one-fifth to it. You shall pay it to its owner when you realize your guilt. 6 And you shall bring to the priest, as your guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, or its equivalent, for a guilt offering. 7 The priest shall make atonement on your behalf before the Lord, and you shall be forgiven for any of the things that one may do and incur guilt thereby.

Second Reading:  Jeremiah 8:18-22
18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.  19 Hark, the cry of my poor people

from far and wide in the land:  "Is the Lord not in Zion?  Is her King not in her?"  ("Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?")  20 "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." 21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.  22 Is there no balm in Gilead?  Is there no physician there?  Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?



Gospel:  Matthew 18:15-20
15 "If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16 But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Way of Peace and Justice! June 30,2019

Worship on Sunday, June 30 …

The season of Pentecost is an invitation to follow Jesus in daily life, to make his way our way! 





╬ The Way of Peace and Justice!   The Way of Jesus is a way of peace.  Peace is a gift from God – the great Shalom … everything ordered according to the good and gracious will of God.  We are called, and we are blessed, to be peacemakers!  Yet there can be no peace – genuine and lasting peace for all – without justice.  The Biblical understanding of “justice” is less about judgement and punishment as we know it today; more about making things right.  In making peace, we are called to work for justice for all, especially for the powerless, the oppressed, the outcast and the other.

Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.  

Blessings to you all as we go forward into the time of Pentecost!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org


PRAYER OF THE DAY ---------------------

God of life and all creation, as peacemakers in your world, stir us to strive for justice; not just for us, but for all people and for the natural world you love.  Make us people of peace and justice for all.  Amen.

READINGS ----------------------------

First Reading:  Deuteronomy 30:15-20
15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Psalm 89:5-8,14-16
5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones.

6 For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,

7 a God revered in the council of the holy ones, great and awesome above all that are around him?

8 O Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O Lord?  Your faithfulness surrounds you.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.

15 Happy are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance;

16 they exult in your name all day long, and extol your righteousness.

Second Reading:  2 Corinthians 5:16-21
16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Gospel:  Luke 18:1-8
18 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" 6 And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Way of Peace June 23, 2019

Worship on Sunday, June 23 …

As we enter into the time of Pentecost, we explore what it means to be peacemakers in God’s world! 



╬ The Way of Peace!   The Way of Jesus is a way of peace.  Jesus’ living ministry is a study in intentional, non-violent transformation of people, of culture, of the world.  Peace is a gift from God – the great Shalom … everything ordered according to the good and gracious will of God.  We are called, and we are blessed, to be peacemakers!  In this Extra-Ordinary time, the people of God are called forth as the Body of Christ, following the One who “guides our steps in the way of peace.”

Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings. 

Blessings to you all in this Extra-Ordinary time!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org

PRAYER OF THE DAY ----------------
God of peace, bless us to be peacemakers.  Make peaceweaving our way of being, that your great Shalom might prevail in all the world.  Amen.

READINGS -----------------------------

First Reading:  Exodus 20:1-17
20 Then God spoke all these words:  2 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before me.  4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.  7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.  8 remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work — you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.  12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.  13 You shall not murder.  14 You shall not commit adultery.  15 You shall not steal.  16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

11 May the Lord give strength to his people!  May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Second Reading:  Ephesians 2:13-22
13 Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18 for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21 In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

Gospel:  John 14:23-31
23 "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.  25 "I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, 'I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; 31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father Son Spirit June 16, 2019


Worship on Sunday, June 16 … Holy Trinity Sunday!

In the Ordinary Time, we celebrate this EXTRAORDINARY revelation of “God in three persons.”

╬ From the Beginning!  The true gift of Scripture is the revelation of God it proclaims.  From the first chapter and verse to the last, we are invited into deeper and deeper levels of the mystery of God.  A key revelation is God’s communal, relational nature.  We might best read the opening of Genesis as “In the beginning was relationship!”  From the very beginning God is revealed to us a relationship of Father embracing Son embracing Father in the love of the Spirit.  On this festival day, we celebrate the relationship that is God and the gracious way God invites us to find ourselves and live our lives in that very embrace.  

Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.  PLEASE NOTE:  I have opted for a different First Lesson Reading for this week!

Blessings to you all as we prepare for this festival Sunday!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org

PRAYER OF THE DAY ---------------------
Father, Son, Spirit – One God in three.  Three in One.  Reveal yourself to us in divine relationship.  Help us to find our selves, our lives, in the unity that is you. 

Amen.

READINGS -------------------------

First Reading:  Genesis 1:1-5
1 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2 the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while the Spirit of God swept over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Psalm 29
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name; worship the Lord in holy splendor.

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.

4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.

6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.

8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, "Glory!"

10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.

11 May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!

Second Reading:  Romans 5:1-5
5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Gospel:  John 16:7-16
7 I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.  8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:  9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.   12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine.  For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Pentecost - Spirit of Truth June 9, 2019

LOOKING AHEAD  to worship on Sunday, 9 …

It’s Pentecost Sunday, the celebration of the Spirit and the beginning of a new season of shared life and ministry for the church! 

╬ Extraordinary Time!  Pentecost has been a festival of the people of God from ancient times.  For us, it has become a special celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit, the very presence of God-self at the center of our being.  John’s Gospel proclaims that the Spirit of Truth abides with us and will be in us, revealing God’s wisdom in the midst of our lives.  It is a gift to be treasured and celebrated with each new day.  It is a gift to be shared.  And it is the power of the Spirit that gives us the language to share the grace and goodness of God with a wandering, searching world.

Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.  

Blessings and all good things to you in this time of Pentecost!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org

 PRAYER OF THE DAY --------------
God of grace, we give you thanks for the gift of your very self at the center of our being.  May we be guided by the power and wisdom of your Spirit as we seek to live your way and share your light in the world.  Amen.

Amen.



READINGS ----------------------------

Acts 2:1-21
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs — in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine." 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:  17 'In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.  18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.  19 And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist.  20 The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.  21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'

Psalm 104:24-35
24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!  In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

25 Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.

26 There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

27 These all look to you to give them their food in due season;

28 when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29 When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works —

32 who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.

35 Bless the Lord, O my soul.  Praise the Lord!

Second Reading:  Romans 8:14-25
14 All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, "Abba! Father!"  16 it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ — if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.  18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

Gospel:  John 14:8-17
8 Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." 9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12 Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.  15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Vision and Goals June 2, 2019

Worship on Sunday, June 2 …

Vision and goals for Abiding Love!  Council President Dale Sump will bring a message on Vision and Goals for coming years.  (Pr. Brad and our Delegate team will be at Synod Assembly.)





╬  A Future With Hope We are living into our new governance structure and reaping the benefits!  Our Council is recast as a visioning body within the congregation and charged with articulating vision and goals for our ministries.  Through a careful and prayerful process, the Council has produced its first expression of goals for Abiding Love for the next three to five years.  Council President Dale Sump will share these goals with the congregation in worship this morning.  Dale will also facilitate a conversation in the Sanctuary between services about the process leading to this goal statement and explore ways these goals will guide our shared mission.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate! (Pastor Brad and our Delegates are away, attending the Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly.)

 Below are the Prayer of the Day and Readings.   As a Synodically Authorized Minister, Reggie Kikta will preside in worship and the Sacrament of Communion.

God is leading us into a future filled with hope and promise!

- Pr. Brad Highum
bhighum@abidinglove.org

PRAYER OF THE DAY_________

God of ages past, God of bold new days, we give thanks for the inspiration of your Spirit that guides our shared life in the community of faith.  Bless us with wisdom, creativity and courage as we follow where you lead. Amen.

READINGS_________________

First Reading:  Jeremiah 29:11-14
11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will let you find me, says the Lord.

Psalm Psalm 20
1 The Lord answer you in the day of trial!  The name of the God of Jacob protect you!

2 May he send you help from the sanctuary, and give you support from Zion.

3 May he remember all your offerings, and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.

4 May he grant you your heart's desires, and fulfill all your plans.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God set up our banners.  May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6 Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with mighty victories by his right hand.

7 Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses, but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They will collapse and fall, but we shall rise and stand upright.

9 Grant victory, O Lord; answer us when we call.

Second Reading:  Galatians 6:6-10
6 Those who are taught the word will share in all good things with their teacher.  7 Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. 8 If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. 10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Gospel:  Matthew 25:14-30
14 "For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.' 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, 'Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.' 23 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26 But his master replied, 'You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'