8th Sunday after Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
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’ needs. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.
FIRST READING: Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 B.C. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David’s line to save Israel and Judah.
PSALM: Psalm 23
SECOND READING: Ephesians 2: 11-22
The author of this letter is reminding his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen people. Through the death of Jesus, however, they are included in God’s household of faith, whose cornerstone in Jesus Christ.
GOSPEL: Mark 6: 30-45, 53-56
When Jesus sent his disciples out to teach and heal, they ministered among large numbers of people. Their work was motivated by Christ’s desire to be among those in need.
VIRTUAL MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
David and Jean Fell are hosting a Virtual Marriage Encounter Weekend on August 27 to 29. For many couples, the pandemic has put a great deal of stress on their marriage, so now is the perfect time for them to sign up for a Lutheran Marriage Encounter Weekend, designed to strengthen and enrich their marriage. They have asked that we please give married husbands and wives in our congregation the opportunity to celebrate their special relationship while learning unique insights and tools to improve intimate communication. If you are interested in this opportunity, there are copies of their email on the table.
GOD'S WORK. OUR HANDS
Bread for the World
Proverbs 13:22 offers this wisdom, “The good leave an inheritance for their children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for righteousness.“
Investing now in good nutrition for women and children in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday is critical not just for the survival and thriving of individual children now but a critical foundation for the future of nations. As we address race and gender equity in our food systems, we affirm the dignity of all humans, particularly women and children, as we are created in God’s image. Like the persistent widow, we cry for justice in the land and trust that God’s justice will prevail. But we begin in a spirit of confession that we have not trusted in God’s abundance nor let wisdom be our guide.
Let us pray:
O Lord, how manifold are your works! The Earth is full of your creatures, who look to you for their food. You open your hand to fill all your creatures with good things, but in our weakness, humanity distrusts your loving kindness. Fear leads us to hoard your gifts for ourselves; greed leads us to demand payment for what we have hoarded; pride leads us to claim that fear and greed are wisdom. And mothers and children experiencing hunger weep. We beg you, O Lord, to renew our trust in you. Grant us the courage, generosity, and humility to repent of our weakness and open our own hands to the hungry. Finally, O Lord, we beg you to grant us true wisdom, that we may rejoice as you fill all your creatures from the abundance of the World that you created and called good.
Please keep these people in your prayers: Michael Koch, Wesley and JoAnne Porter, Mark Phillips and Margaret Bussard, Ruth (the soon-to-be-born daughter of Brandon and Lauren Doran, Jody and Richard Taylor’s great granddaughter), the family of Don Brooks, the family of Evan Taylor, and all of those who are still suffering from COVID 19 and their families.
Please remember all of our shut ins and sick: Arlene Castor, Nancy Hoene, Norma Hicks, and Richard Fogt. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
FUNDS FOR ZION
Please check the bulletin board behind the office door for all of the sign-up sheets for this year. Communion, birthday Sundays, and Worship Assistants/helpers. Thank you so much!
You can also remember special occasions or special people by contributing money that would normally be used for altar flowers. Instead the donation goes to our local food pantry.