Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
INTRODUCTION TO THE DAY
Perhaps the Church, at its best, is “all ears.” Almighty God urges the faithful, again and again, to “listen up!”—to heed the Word from above. So it was with Abraham and Sarah, with Mary and Martha, and the early Church at Colossae. So it is today as we join the assembly to hear the Word of God, the Words of Life.
FIRST READING: Genesis 18: 1-10
The Lord visits Abraham and Sarah to tell them that the long awaited promise of the birth of a child will be fulfilled by them in their old age.
PSALM: Psalm 15
SECOND READING: Colossians 1: 15-28
Sometimes Paul preaches with great attention to theological concepts. Here, however, Paul offers a mystical teaching, that the great mystery of God is “Christ in you.” Because Christ is present in the Church, Christians share in his life, suffering, and glory.
GOSPEL: Luke 10: 38-42
Jesus uses his visit to two sisters as an occasion to remind disciples that an important aspect of obedience is single-minded devotion to Jesus and his Word.
HELPING OUR NEIGHBOR
Saints Simon and Jude Catholic Church is having its summer Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 2-3 at 9350 High Free Pike, West Jefferson. You might want to take a few moments to stop in and check it out.
MORE NEIGHBORS NEWS
St. James Lutheran Church is hosting its annual Brats and Crafts Festival August 2-4. They are located at the corner of Trabue and Rome-Hilliard roads. There are lots of things going on including polka music and dancing. They are also featuring the Ohio Village Muffins and other talented groups to entertain you. If you need more information you can call Steve Dodson at (614) 777-7792. It is always lots of fun and lots of delicious food.
COMMUNITY MOVIE SERIES
The Village Community Center is hosting a Movie Series. If you are looking to get out on a Friday evening, this is a fun time. Marci does a great job of making the event fun for the whole family. Come and watch a fun movie, and have fellowship with the family and the community. The next movie will be "Mama Mia-Here We Go Again," on July 26th at Garrett Park. (Inclement weather, movies will be shown at the Community Center.) The next movie is "Small Foot," shown on Aug. 9 at Westwood Park. This is also FOOD TRUCK NIGHT!
MORE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY NEWS
The Concert in the Park will continue with the next concert on August 13, when Whiskey Business Duo comes to Garrett Park. If you enjoy music, come out and have a great time.
ELCA ADVOCACY ACTION ALERT
Our communities are bracing for nationwide raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to begin on Sunday (today).
Planned raids are reported to focus on 10 major cities where the Department of Justice has sped up immigration cases for thousands of recent arrivals.
Lutherans have a deep-rooted history in refugee and immigrant issues. One of every six Lutherans in the World was a refugee or displaced person after WWII. The God-given dignity in all people and value of family unity have been cornerstones of ELCA faith-based advocacy, and we understand that many immigrants, as well as their families, are both afraid and confused by recent developments. Daily experience of ministries, Lutheran organizations and members “keep before us – so that we do not forget – the grim realities many immigrants face and the strength of character and resourcefulness newcomers demonstrate,” notes the ELCA social message, "Immigration."
A compilation of resources, updated today from an original posting on June 28, can be found in "Responding to our sorrow with action" on the ELCA Advocacy blog. At the meeting place of our knowledge and values, Lutherans have acted and can continue to respond.
Please keep these people in your prayers: Esther Mae Baker, Al Bausch, Dortha Feddern, and George Wendel. Please remember all of our shut-ins and sick. (Also, pray for the families and caretakers of those on the prayer list.)
THE BREAKFAST BUNCH
“The Breakfast Bunch” meets the first Saturday of every month at Der Dutchman in Plain City, at 8:30 a.m. “Come one, Come all” for a great breakfast, fellowship and more!
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.