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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

September 6, 2015
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11am

Prayer of the Day
Gracious God, throughout the ages you transform sickness into health and death into life. Open us to the power of your presence, and make us a people ready to proclaim your promises to the whole world, through Jesus Christ, our healer and Lord. Amen.

Scripture readings
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Psalm 15
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


Sermon
“Our Patron Saint?”
Mark 7:24-30

Occurring midway in the gospel of Mark, the story of the Syrophoenician (Gentile) woman is one of the pivotal and most significant stories in the New Testament. Her encounter with Jesus happens between the two great “feeding” accounts: the feeding of the 5,000 (Jewish) people and the feeding of the 4,000 (Gentile) people. From this moment Jesus’ ministry embraces the world. She opens the Gentile world to Jesus’ ministry. Is it possible that she is our patron saint? The gospel becomes the “good news” for everyone.

 

Hymns

Entrance Hymn LBW 317 To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray
Hymn of the Day LBW 423 Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
Distribution Hymns LBW 384 Your Kingdom Come, O Father
  WOV 716 Word of God, Come Down on Earth
Sending Hymn LBW 433 The Church of Christ in Every Age

 

Benevolence
In our prayers on Sunday we remember Hope for Grieving Children–Africa, which equips pastors, leaders and caregivers in Africa and elsewhere with the knowledge and skills needed to address the grief and suffering of children traumatized by parental loss.

Education Hour at 9:45am

The Bible study group meets in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska. Adult Ed classes resume on September 20 with "Meet the New Pastor," an information session with Pastor David Lyle.

Confirmation classes begin on Sunday, September 13. Sunday School classes will resume on September 20. Register for Sunday School next week at the Grace in Action fair, between services in the gym.

The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.

Read this week's Sunday Is Coming newsletter.