Readings: Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Psalm 112
Installation of Pastor Patrick Stephen Torbit
Officiated by Pastor Jean Lebbert from Thanksgiving Lutheran in Santa Rosa.
Psalm 119: 73-80 from The Message
Gospel lesson: Matthew 13: 1 – 23 from The Message
Readings: Hebrews 11:29 - - 12:2; Psalm 82
Gospel: Luke 12:49-56
The word of God is a refining fire. Jesus is the great divide in human history. He invites our undivided attention and devotion. Today, in the assembly, we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” In the word and in the holy communion we are invited yet again to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”
Readings: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Psalm 33:12-22
Gospel: Luke 12:32-40
Jesus says, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” It is God’s promise from the beginning—to Abraham, to the early church, and to the “little flock” of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God’s baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear.
Readings: Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 49:1-12
Gospel: Luke 12:13-21
In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.
Our guest pastor on July 31 was Ted Peters. Check out his blog on science, religion, and ethics at http://tedstimelytake.com/
Elim's weekly worship services focus on the Narrative Lectionary, which follows the sweep of the biblical story arranged in a narrative sequence to help us see Scripture as a story that has coherence and a dynamic movement. The arc of Elim's Biblical teachings are rooted in this understanding of scripture.