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Next Sunday's worship services
and education hour

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

June 19, 2016
Holy Communion, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Prayer of the Day
O Lord God, we bring before you the cries of a sorrowing world. In your mercy set us free from the chains that bind us, and defend us from everything that is evil, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.


Scripture readings
Isaiah 65:1-9
Psalm 22:19-28
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

Sermon
A Love Stronger Than Evil

During the scary parts, I’ll often tell my kids, “Don’t worry, it’s only a story.” There’s no need to fear Darth Vader or Lex Luthor. It’s only a story, after all. But what about when evil isn’t just a story? What about when the demonic is all too real? Today we consider two events, both all too real. The first is the horrible massacre in a nightclub in Orlando. We awoke last week to news that shocked and saddened all of us, news of 49 of our sisters and brothers killed in an act of evil, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history. The second is that of a man possessed by many demons, no longer in his right mind, chained in the wilderness. In both stories, there is only one place for us to turn, and that is to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. May Jesus come to comfort us, to set us free, and to give us courage to witness to love, even in the face of evil. And may Jesus’ love guide us to open our arms ever more widely to all who are on the margins.






Hymns

Entrance hymn LBW 192 Baptized Into Your Name Most Holy
Hymn of the day LBW 506 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Distribution hymns WOV 680 O Spirit of Life
  LBW 489 Wide Open Are Your Hands
Sending hymn LBW 393 Rise, Shine, You People!


In our prayers we remember Lutheran Child and Family Services, provider of a comprehensive range of community-based social services. LCFS annually serves more than 40,000 people statewide, including children, individuals, families and communities of all faiths, races, orientations and ethnic backgrounds.

Education hour at 9:45am

The Bible study group meets this Sunday in the conference room, led by Bob Jandeska.
Adult Education, Sunday School and Confirmation Classes resume in the fall.
Grace Church library is open and staffed on Sundays from 8:15am to 12:30pm.