The Lectionary for July - August 2014
July 6 Pentecost IV Jeremiah 31:31-34 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 10:32-45
Sermon: “Koinonia” + Pastor Henry on Ephesians 2:13-14
“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” So begins our Constitution, declaring the various states and peoples of this country to be in union, in koinonia – fellowship. And just as this country was founded to provide and protect fundamental rights of its citizen, and insure peace among them, so too God has established koinonia between us and Him, and each other.
Pastor Henry begins a summer long journey to Ephesus, a center of St Paul’s ministry, by looking at the ancient Greek word “Koinonia” in this week’s sermon based on Ephesians 2: 16-18.
July 13 Pentecost V Jeremiah 23:1—8 Ephesians 3:1-13 Mark 6:30-44
Sermon: Mystery solved” + Pastor Henry on Ephesians 3:8-10
Our journey to Ephesus continues as we study Paul’s answers to the believers there concerning the mysterious ways of God; mysteries to us as well. Parables, miracles, even the very nature of our faith all seem beyond our comprehension. Like pieces of a puzzle, we attempt to fit it all together in a neat little package, discovering as a forensic scientist might, what our God is up to. Pastor Henry examines the clues in this week’s sermon entitled “Mystery Solved!” based on Ephesians 3: 8-10.
July 20 Pentecost VI Jeremiah 42:1-22 Ephesians 3:14-21 Mark 9:30-37
Sermon: “Strength to get through the day” + Pastor on Ephesians 3:16-18
Tired and finding it difficult to get past the arguments and disappointments of the day? Need a little boost to make it past the temptations? Pastor Henry continues this Summer’s study of St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians with a look at the apostle’s teaching concerning having the strength to live as God wants us to - abundantly. This week’s sermon is entitled “Strength to get through the day” and is based on Ephesians 3: 16-18.
July 27 Pentecost VII I Samuel 21:1-9 Ephesians 4:1-16 Mark 8:1-13
We again welcome Rev David Dietsche as the Guest officiate and preacher
We once again welcome Rev David Dietsche, long time friend of Love Lutheran Church, as guest officiate and preacher. Come be our guest this week, and every week beginning at 10:00 AM as we worship and receive the gifts God has for us in His Word.
Aug 3 Pentecost VIII Isaiah 29:11-24 Ephesians 4:17-5:2 Mark 7: 1-13
Sermon: “Imitators of Christ” + Pastor Henry on Ephesians 5:1-2
It is often said that imitation is the highest form of flattery. That is why parents take a special pride when a child follows their footsteps into the family business, excels at a sport Dad once played in high school or in many other ways becomes a ‘chip off the ol’ block.’ Just imagine what an supreme act of worship it would be, and how pleased God would be with us, if we were to live as imitators of Christ. That is the theme of this week’s segment of the summer sermon series: Welcome to Ephesus, “Imitators of Christ,” which Pastor Henry will share, based on Ephesians 5: 1-2
Aug 10 Pentecost IX Deuteronomy 4:1-14 Ephesians 5:3-21 Mark 7:14-23
Sermon: “Throw some light on it” + Pastor Henry on Ephesians 5:7-14
Trying to work on the car’s engine in a dark garage is both frustrating and fruitless. In order to fix the source of power for that old jalopy, the very heart of that car, a little light is needed – maybe even a spotlight. Our lives also need spotlights pointed at them so that we can allow God to fix us and mold us into instruments of His Light. Join us as Pastor Henry presents “Throw Some Light On It” – this week’s sermon in the Welcome to Ephesus series, based on Ephesians 5:7-14.
Aug 17 Pentecost X Deuteronomy 8:1-20 Ephesians 5:22-23 Mark 10:1-12
Sermon: “Head & body above the rest”+ Pastor on Ephesians 5:22-23
Weddings are a most joyous occasion, and none more so than that of Jesus Christ as His bride, the Church. He is the Head of the Church and we His body, carrying out the work He has set to be done. Some times there is a muscle strain, some times even a broken bone or two, but overall the Church is “Head and Body Above the Rest.” Come hear Pastor Henry preach on Ephesians 5:22-23.
Aug 24 Pentecost XI Proverbs 3:1-8 II Corinthians 4:7-10 Luke 22:24-30
Commemoration of St Bartholomew Sermon: “A leading servant” + Pastor on Luke 22:24-26
Peter, James and John, and the other Apostles are rightfully looked upon as exemplary leaders of the early Church. However, more than that, just as Jesus Christ Himself asserted, they were servants…leading servants, just as Saint Bartholomew was. Join us today as we commemorate the life and ministry of St Bartholomew through pastor Henry’s sermon, “A Leading Servant,” based on Luke 22: 24-26.
Aug 31 Pentecost XII Zechariah 3:1-10 Ephesians 6:1-24 Mark 5:1-20
Sermon: “The King’s suit” + Pastor Henry on Ephesians 6:10-13
Knights of yore wore the King’s coat of arms on the jerseys covering the suits of armor when riding into battle. Christians too must wear our King’s suit of armor when battling the forces of evil, temptation and despair. Each part has a purpose, protects against a specific danger, and includes the weapon which cannot be defeated. Listen as Pastor Henry brings the summer series Welcome to Ephesus to a conclusion with the message “The King’s Suit” as St Paul describes it in Ephesians 6:10-13.