Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
     God’s word is like the rain that waters the earth and brings forth vegetation. It is also like the sower who scatters seed indiscriminately. Our lives are like seeds sown in the earth. Even from what appears to be little, dormant, or dead, God promises a harvest. At the Lord’s Table we are fed with the Bread of Life, that we may bear fruit in the World.
FIRST READING: Isaiah 55: 10-13
     God’s word to Israel’s exiles is as never-failing precipitation. Their return to the Holy Land in a new exodus is cheered on by singing mountains and by trees that clap their hands.

PSALM: Psalm 65

SECOND READING: Romans 8: 1-11
     There is no condemnation for those who live in Christ. God sent Christ to accomplish what the law was unable to do: condemn sin and free us from its slavery. The Spirit now empowers proper actions and values in our lives and gives us the promise of resurrected life.

GOSPEL: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23
     In Matthew’s Gospel, both Jesus and his disciples “sow the seed” of God’s word by proclaiming the good news that the kingdom of heaven is near.” Now, in a memorable parable, Jesus explains why this good news produces different results in those who hear.
Announcements!
​SUMMER SCHEDULE FOR ASSISTANTS
​     We are in need of people to take part in the services on Sundays. Please sign up on the schedule on the bulletin board if you can help out with lessons or prayers for the services. We also have the food chart in the back for the rest of the year. If there is some special day that you would like to remember, feel free to donate in honor of that individual or event. Thank you for your help with this.

ELCA ADVOCACY – HOPE FOR FREEDOM
​     Dear Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Supporter, 
     I know you recognize and celebrate the many positive contributions made by refugees and immigrants, from starting businesses to revitalizing schools to strengthening their communities.
     But there is another story that's not always told, and that's the vital leadership role so many refugees, Dreamers and other immigrants are assuming. They're tackling a whole range of crucial justice, economic, and social issues — creating more hope for freedom. 
     And you'll be glad to know that your support for LIRS helps refugees build community connections and provides grassroots leadership training. This experience empowers them to advocate on issues of concern to their communities and to us all — including health, housing, education, and racial equity.
     In Minneapolis, for example, young Somalis have been leading peaceful protests. The more they continue to lift up their voices and express their values, the more we can work together to create a more welcoming and equitable community.
     When we undermine our immigration system, we erode the values of our country. But when we welcome people, help them find opportunity, and encourage their leadership skills to grow, we live our values and make our communities and our nation so much stronger.
     You can help create more hope for freedom by giving to LIRS. You'll support young leaders who are finding their voices — and from what I have heard and seen, those voices will not be silenced!     
With much gratitude, 
Krish Vignarajah, President & CEO of LIRS

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE
A Veteran’s New Hope By Ronald
     I didn’t have the easiest childhood. I grew up poor and isolated, a long way from any kind of real community. Then my stepdad kicked me out of the house when I was 16. Two years later, I joined the Navy—just in time for 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
     I saw my share of combat. I didn’t think much of it at the time. But when I left the military, I struggled. I haven’t really been self-sufficient since then. I worked here and there, drifted around the country, never getting too close to anyone. I jumped from house to house, living with acquaintances. A lot of times, I lived in shelters, cars, and even on the streets.
     Then the nightmares began. I started waking up in the middle of the night, screaming and swinging. I guess it was a delayed reaction from my combat days. The worse it got, the more self-destructive I got. I’ve been hospitalized five times after trying to kill myself.
     I’m suffering from PTSD, I’m chronically depressed, and every day I try to figure out some reason to get up. It’s been a long time since I had any hope for the future.
     I just couldn’t seem to get my life together. So this year, I went to another organization for help, and they brought me here to LSS Faith Mission. Over the past six weeks, they’ve already helped me so much. It’s not just a bed and meals. They know I get overwhelmed easily, so they help me figure out everything I need to do, one step at a time.
     Tomorrow, I’m looking at a new apartment. They’re helping me apply for disability, because of my PTSD and depression. But they’re also helping me look for employment. And I’m working with the VA to get the counseling and emotional help I need.
     I can’t tell you what it means to this veteran to know I’m not forgotten, that I don’t have to do this alone. You’re giving me hope that maybe I do have a future after all. Thank you.
     Thanks to LSS.

PRAYERS
     Please keep these people in your prayers: Pastor Larry Baker, Al Bausch, Dortha Feddern, Michael Koch, Wesley and JoAnne Porter, the family of Sally Sindledecker, the family of Esther Mae Baker, and all of those who are suffering from COVID-19. Please remember all of our shut ins and sick. (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.
   Zion has created an Amazon Smile account. If you use this link everytime you shop at Amazon,com, Zion will receive a 0.5 percent donation. Your cost doesn't change ... and Zion gets a rebate! Remember to Bookmark the page so you can get back to Zion's Amazon Smile page everytime you shop at Amazon.com
Zion Lutheran Church
230 Cemetery Road (West Jefferson Community Center) w P.O. Box 4 w 
West Jefferson, OH 43162 w 614-879-8107
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Zion Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We worship every Sunday at 10:30 am in the West Jefferson Community Center.  Holy Communion is celebrated each Sunday. 
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July 12, 2020
Synod
Approved 
Minister
Jon
Meister
Zion Lutheran Church Covid-19 Response 
Changes for the congregation:
Changes within the Sunday service itself:
                    * We will still use our masks during the hymns. The
                        health studies completed to determine the 6 foot social
                        distancing standard applies to normal breathing and 
                        speaking situations only. Singing without a mask 
                        increases that required distance greatly. Therefore, for 
                        the safety of everyone attending, we will use the masks 
                        at all times of our worship together.
                    * All hymns will be limited to 3 verses each. Again, this is 
                        solely a safety standard which was determined in 
                        consideration of the guidelines mentioned above.
Cleaning before and after services:
                        * Building: Doors, restrooms, light switches, coat 
                            hangers, chairs and tables in the lobby area.
                        * Sanctuary: Chairs and piano (placing of bulletins and 
                            communion sets).
                        * Worship area: Altar, pulpit, candles.
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