Pastor’s Weekly Email Message – August 24, 2014

“Backpack Blessing Sunday” – This Sunday, August 24 at 9:30 AM, students should bring their backpacks to church to receive a special blessings.  Students and teachers will receive special prayers.

The worship theme is “Who is your rock?”  In what or whom do you put your ultimate faith?  Yourself?  Your family?  Your wealth and possessions?  Or Christ the solid rock?  Reach Isaiah 51:1-6 and Matthew 16:13-20  (below) to prepare for Sunday worship.

Movie Recommendation – and it’s free!!!  “Heaven is for Real” will be shown at Trinity UCC this coming Sunday afternoon, August 24 (4-6 PM) and the entire community is invited.  The movie is recommended for all ages.  Hot dogs and beverages will be served.  Trinity UCC is located just west of Trinity Lutheran on Route 212 in Pleasant Valley.

Sunday, September 7 – Outdoor Worship and Picnic.  This is the last worship to begin at 9:30 AM, with the picnic to follow.  Dress casually, bring a comfortable lawn chair if you wish.  Church Council will provide hot dogs, burgers, buns, condiments, and beverages.  Please bring a picnic side dish to share.

September 7 is also the ELCA National Day of Service.  A number of us will go from the picnic to St. Andrew’s, Perkasie to pack food for “Stop Hunger Now.”

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 Isaiah 51:1-6 — Blessings in Store for God’s People

Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,
you that seek the Lord.
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
and to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father
and to Sarah who bore you;
for he was but one when I called him,
but I blessed him and made him many.
For the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places,
and will make her wilderness like Eden,
her desert like the garden of the Lord;
joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the voice of song.

Matthew 16:13-20 — Peter’s Declaration about Jesus

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

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