Monday, June 1, 2009

June 14 Lay-led Worship

Our church has a tradition of having pastors lead worship. It's the job of pastors to keep us focused, always, on the good news of God's love for sinners through Jesus Christ.

On June 14, however, most of the "ELCA" Lutheran pastors in our area will be out of town at the "synod assembly." So on that Sunday, we'll have a "lay led" hour of worship.

The gospel reading for June 14 is particularly appropriate for this Sunday. ...The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed... Sometimes we don't think much of ourselves as believers. But, as the parable of the "mustard seed" tells us, those that seem insignificant can become very important, providing safety, health and grace to all.

You can read the gospel and the other scriptures for June 14 here -- we'll be reading Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17 and Mark 4:26-34.

What is the Lord saying to you as you read the scriptures? Perhaps there is something you would like to share? If so, or if you think you might like to be a part of this lay-led worship experience, talk with me, with Gary Lankki (our council president), or come to a meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, 7:00 in the church library.

And, please, ask the Lord to be merciful on us and to provide what we need for both spiritual growth and for the creation around us. We need rain!
Added June 22 - Thank you to Tim Robbins for preaching on June 14, and thanks to Joe, MaryKay, Joel and Deb for leading worship and to Paul Thostenson for reading scripture. If you haven't heard Tim Robbins sermon, I'd encourage you to listen. Tim (and his late wife Dell) have taught youth Sunday school at our church for years. Tim's sermon itself begins about 10 minutes into the mp3. Listen by clicking here.

P.S. The Lord has provided rain! Give thanks for all good things!

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