JESUS, LIVING BREAD, RENEWING OUR HUNGRY WORLD
Pentecost begins with a rush–the rushing, life-giving wind of God’s Spirit. We also remember that Sunday is a day of rest. Rest is not meant to emphasize relaxation as much as it does renewal. The Church year season of Pentecost recognizes that God’s Spirit breathes into us life-giving re-creation. The readings for these months of Summer worship focus on who we are in Christ, what is the nature of faith, what is the living out of this faith, what the life of following Jesus is all about. The Bread of Life, like the manna in the wilderness, and like the bread on the Lord’s table, declares how near and involved our God actually is in our daily lives. Through Christ’s word and Spirit we have refreshment and renewal.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
WE REMEMBER OUR BAPTISMS, CONFESS OUR FAITHLESSNESS,
AND HEAR GOD’S FAITHFUL PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS
Pastor: Blessed be the holy Trinity:
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
who forgives all our sin,
whose mercy endures forever.
Pastor: God of all mercy and consolation,
come to the aid of your people,
turning us from sin
to live for you alone.
Give us the power of your Holy Spirit
that, attentive to your Word,
we may confess our sins,
receive your forgiveness,
bear with one another in love,
maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,
and grow into the fullness of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pastor: Let us confess our sin in the
presence of God and of one another. Reconciling God,
People: you seek peace and unity among us,
but too often we choose walls of isolation.
You seek to be one with your creation,
but we turn away your loving Spirit.
In your forgiving love,
break down the barriers we create,
that we might see more clearly your love for us,
be reconciled with our neighbour,
and trust more deeply your promise of eternal life. Amen.
Pastor: We who once were far off
have been brought near to God
through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
May our all-loving God through the Holy Spirit
grant you grace to forgive one another
as God in Christ has forgiven you.
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL WITH PRAISE AND PRAYER, AND PREPARE TO HEAR GOD’S WORD OF LIFE
“Let All Things Now Living”
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Pastor: The steadfast love of God never ceases.
People: God’s mercies never come to an end.
Pastor: The steadfast love of God,
the blessing of the Father,
the glorious grace freely bestowed in the Son,
and the power of the promised Holy Spirit be with you all.
People: And also with you
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Teach us, good Lord God, to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, except that of knowing that we do your will, through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.
First Reading Genesis 21:8-21 Hagar and Ishmael Sent Away
The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.’ The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named after you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, ‘Do not let me look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.’ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.
God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.
Second Reading Romans 6:1b-11 Dying and Rising with Christ
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Gospel Reading Matthew 10:24-39
‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
HYMN OF THE DAY
“We Know that Christ is Raised”
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TODAY IN OUR PRAYERS
Bill, Carol, Curtis, and Christine Buchkowsky, Teri Peterson, Mabel Zolotarchuk, Wayne Turner, Janet Gregory, Norm Gregory, Jody Giesbrecht, Marge McMillan, Kyrie Parimi, John Beaven, Doris Turner, Hilda Anderson, Linda Wolfe, Naomi, Mary Anderson, Joan Schock, Bev Gregory, Dale Robinson, Bryan Matschke, AnnE and Joel Zimmerman, the family of Lyle Sand, the family of Hildegard Schneider (Renita Falkenstern’s mother), and the family of Cortney Palmer (Pat and Carol Sarich’s niece).
We remember the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, the people of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Venezuela, Somalia, Libya, Hong Kong, the Palestinians and Israelis, the Rohingya Muslim refugees, all at the Mexico/United States border seeking refuge, the people of Haiti suffering from natural and political disasters, the people of the Bahamas suffering from hurricanes, the victims, families, and communities grieving the tragic shootings in Nova Scotia, those in central Michigan whose livelihoods have been washed out by collapsed dams, the people of India and Bangladesh recovering from Cyclones Amphan and Nisarga, the victims and families of the Armed Forces helicopter crash, those in the United States caught up in racism and injustice and the resulting violence and destruction of lives and property, and those throughout the world, in Canada, in our province, and in our community threatened by the coronavirus.
Petitioner: God of hope, your Spirit makes us a part of Christ’s living and life-giving self and makes us alive with Christ’s life. Nourished by the love of our fathers and all who show care and devotion to others, we pray for fathers we love and fathers we struggle to love, for adoptive fathers, stepfathers, and foster fathers, for those who long to be fathers, for grandfathers and uncles. Build strong bonds of tender care in families and friendships, that the love they offer will be a sign of your love for all people. Hear us, O God of life…
Petitioner: Generous God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families. Comfort the family and friends of those who have died. Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical and health care facilities. Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people. We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all. Bless them and keep them safe. O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection. May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow. Hear us, O God of life …
HOLDEN EVENING PRAYER
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“Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer”
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Pastor: Go in peace, renewed with Christ’s Spirit to love and to serve.
People: Thanks be to God.
The draft website for all seven ELCIC congregations in Saskatoon is now up and the address is https://saskatoonelcic.com/ It will be used now mainly for sharing information during the pandemic.
Even though we are not meeting together we still have expenses and need your offerings so that we can pay them. Church Council has decided that the best way to receive your offerings is that you mail a cheque (Please no cash for mail security reasons) to the church and we can process them from there.
Send your contributions to: King of Glory Lutheran Church
3318 Merritt Street
Saskatoon, SK S7M 3P6
Thank you for your generosity.
Co-Treasurer position for King of Glory
King of Glory is looking for a co-treasurer primarily responsible for documenting and filling out the forms for the province, the Canada Revenue Agency and the ELCiC. They will work Pat Sarich whose primary responsibility is oversight of the budget and the bookkeeping with respect of receipts and expenditures. Please contact Pastor Michael about this position.
Summer Worship Schedule for June, July, August
June 14th Good Shepherd provides worship for all congregations which will include all partners of the 7 Saskatoon ELCiC congregations
June 21st Each congregation holds their own worship.
June 28th Each congregation holds their own worship.
July 5th Each congregation holds their own worship. King of Glory hopes to gather for celebration of Holy Communion
July 12th Trinity provides worship for all congregations which will include all partners of the 7 Saskatoon ELCiC congregations
July 19th King of Glory provides worship for Resurrection and Trinity partner congregations
July 26th Resurrection provides worship for King of Glory and Trinity
Aug 2nd Each congregation provides worship on their own. King of Glory will again hope to gather for Holy Communion
Aug 9th Zion Lutheran provides worship for all congregations of the 7 Saskatoon ELCiC communities
Aug 16th Resurrection provides worship for King of Glory and Trinity
Aug 23rd King of Glory provides worship for Resurrection and Trinity
Aug 30th Trinity provides worship for Resurrection and King of Glory
On Sunday, July 5, King Of Glory will re-open to hold a service at St. David’s/Trinity. We will also hold our Annual General Meeting which was postponed from March. The AGM will begin at 5:30 and the worship service with Communion will begin at 7:00. In order to hold this service we will have to follow the protocols set by the Province for holding a worship service. The protocols and procedures are listed below:
Checklist and Guidelines for Re-opening Worship Services
Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc before the service
One person preps worship materials and conducts seating [pastor]
Pre-screening and Registration of attendees (if tracing is necessary)
Seating chart with six feet distancing (if tracing is necessary)
No sharing of pencils, pens, etc.
No serving of food or beverages
Try not to use the washrooms
Open doors and windows if possible
Use/wear face masks
Hand sanitizer available
No physical contact (e.g. sharing of the peace, no passing of offering plate)
No congregational singing (we might not stay with this completely?)
Used material should be set aside for 72 hours (worship folders)
pastor brings elements in self-contained manner
Disinfect/sanitize worship space and entrance etc after the service