Pastor’s Weekly E-mail Message – August 10, 2014

Where has the summer gone?  Just a month left … but still lots of good worship, fellowship and service.  This Sunday, August 10 – Jesus walks on the water; Peter tries to meet him but falls in (Read Matthew 14:22-33 below).  What was Peter’s problem?  Did he have too much pride or too little faith?  Maybe he should have stayed in the boat with the other 11 disciples?? How much faith do you have in the power of Christ to help, to heal, to give us courage to do what God is calling us to do?  Come this Sunday and listen, and come Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM to our “Connect” small group – downstairs in the air-conditioned Fellowship Hall!

Families and children – Backpack Blessing Sunday is August 24 at 9:30 AM.  Don’t forget your backpack!  The congregation has a special gift to give you for the start of school!

Another outdoor service, another PICNIC!!!  Sunday, September 7:  9:30 AM Worship, 10:30 AM Picnic.  Church Council will once again provide burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and drinks.  Please bring a picnic potluck dish to share, such as beans, potato salad, veggies, fruit, or dessert.  September 7 is also the Second Annual ELCA Day of Service.  The project we’ve selected this year is “Stop Hunger Now.”  After the picnic, we are looking for 10-12 folks (children and youth can go, too) to drive down to St. Andrew’s in Perkasie from 2-4:00 PM to pack 20-30,000 food kids for hunger people all over the world.  Don’t faint!  It’s not just us; there will be a lot of other churches joining us from Upper Bucks.  I’m told the whole experience is lots of fun.  If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to the Church Office ([email protected]) or call me at 610-346-8314.  Those of us who plan to go can carpool right from the picnic.

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Matthew 14:22-33 – Jesus Walks on the Water

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 25 And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’

28 Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ 29 He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. 30 But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’ 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, ‘You of little faith, why did you doubt?’32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’

 

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