Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
August 31, 2014
We worship together in a single service at 10 a.m. as we say goodbye to Pastor Bruce Modahl and celebrate his 16 years of ministry as Senior Pastor at Grace.
Prayer of the Day
O God, we thank you for your Son, who chose the path of suffering for the sake of the world. Humble us by his example, point us to the path of obedience, and give us strength to follow your commands, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
The Scripture Readings
Sermon title: A Step Too Far
Sermon text: Matthew 16:21-28
We are all familiar with the admonition, “You have carried this too far.” We have said it ourselves and we have heard it from others. It is what God said to Jeremiah in the first reading and what Jesus said to Peter in the gospel.
Jeremiah’s prophetic ministry was difficult. He regularly complained to God. In today’s first reading he said to God, “Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail.” God replied, “You have carried this too far. You have turned away from me.”
In the gospel reading Jesus explained to the disciples he had to suffer, be killed, and on the third day be raised. Peter took Jesus aside and rebuked him. Jesus replied, “You have carried this too far.” He went so far as to identify Peter as Satan.
Then God carried it a step farther. He said to Jeremiah, “If you turn back, I will take you back.” Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me.” The proper place for a disciple is behind Jesus. When we carry things too far God goes farther yet to call us back.
||Thy Strong Word
|Hymn of the Day
||O Praise the Shepherds Who Embrace God's Call
||By Gracious Powers
||O God, My Faithful God
||O Day Full of Grace
In our prayers on Sunday we remember the Center for Christian Education in Martin, Slovakia which spreads the gospel in this post-communist part of the world via excellent quality education focused on theology, social ministry and mission. Two former teachers from Grace School, Benjamin Chandler and Bill Thompson, currently work at the CCE.
Education Hour at 9:45 a.m.
Sunday School, Confirmation, Teen Talk and Adult Education classes will not meet this morning because of the 10 a.m. worship service. Classes resume next week.
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Adult Education for September
The Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You'll find books for adults and children on a variety of faith-related subjects.
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