Bulletin: July 9th, 2023


HYMN: Gather Us In………………………………...Red  532


PSALM 145:8-15  The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and of great kindness.  The LORD is loving to everyone and his compassion is over all his works. All your works praise you, O LORD, and your faithful | servants bless you. They make known the glory of your kingdom and speak of your power; that the peoples may know of your power and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your dominion endures throughout all ages.  The LORD is faithful in all his words and merciful in all his deeds. The LORD upholds all those who fall; he lifts up those who are bowed down.

GREETING, KYRIE, Hymn: O Savior, Precious…….Rd 820

PRAYER: God of glory and love, peace comes from you alone. Send us as peacemakers and witnesses to your kingdom, and fill our hearts with joy in your promises of salvation; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Romans 7:15-25a In his letter to the Romans, Paul argues that we are made right with God through Christ's action rather than through our own works. To illustrate our need for Christ, he offers us a picture of one who tries to do what is right, only to discover good intentions are not enough. I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

HYMN: God’s Word is Our Great Heritage…………...Green 239  
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 In Matthew's gospel, John the Baptist and Jesus are described as having very different approaches to ministry, though they both proclaim the same message of God's kingdom. Here, Jesus chides people who seem to find fault with all preachers as an excuse for ignoring the word of God. Jesus spoke to the crowd saying: "To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds." At that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  


HYMN: What a Friend We Have in Jesus……………….Red 742



BLESSING The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us always remember that we are people of God, and we pray that God’s kingdom will come and God’s will be done.

HYMN: Let Me Be Your Servant……………………...…Red 659

Go in peace and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. 
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