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E-Blast for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
 Sunday, August 7, 2022

St. Johannes Lutheran Church

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Citadel Lutheran Ministry
We are looking forward to starting up at the end of August with the Citadel Lutheran Ministry and working with the Cadets. This ministry is reaching out to Lutheran Churches in the area for teams to provide meals for them on  Monday evenings throughout the school year.  St. Johannes would like to be able to help support these young men and women cadets again by providing a meal once a month.  We are also looking for Prayer Warriors to “sponsor” one of the incoming freshmen cadets a.k.a. Knobs.  Their freshman year is a very tough and challenging year and we would like to find folks that would be willing to pray for them throughout the school year and to keep in touch with them via texts or  e-mails.  If you would be interested in helping in any way, please contact Amy at the church office (843)722-8906 or office@stjohanneschurch.org. Thanks in advance for your help.
 
Save the Date: High Attendance Sunday, September 18, 2022
Mark your calendars now and bring your family and friends to the kick-off for our Intergenerational Sunday School. We will begin the day at 11:00 in Gatch Hall where families will have the opportunity to learn the word of God together.  The service will begin at 11:45 followed by a Pot Luck dinner. More information later!
 


 

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Kyrie eleison, on our world and on our way. Kyrie eleison, every day!

 

August 7, 2022


11:45 AM Service

First Reading: Genesis 15:1-6

God promises childless and aging Abram that a child of his own will be his heir and that his descendants will number as many as the stars. Abram trusts God’s promise, and through this faith he is considered righteous.
1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4But the word of the Lord came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.


Psalm: Psalm 33:12-22

Let your lovingkindness be upon us, as we place our hope in you. (Ps. 33:22)
12Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord!
  Happy the people chosen to be God’s heritage!
13The Lord looks down from heaven,
  and sees all humankind.
14God sits firmly enthroned and watches
  all who dwell on the earth.
15God fashions all their hearts
  and observes all their deeds. 
16A king is not saved by the size of the army,
  nor are warriors rescued by their great strength.
17The horse gives vain hope for victory;
  despite its great strength it cannot save.
18Truly, your eye is upon those who fear you, O Lord,
  upon those who wait for your steadfast love,
19to deliver their lives from death,
  and to keep them alive in time of famine. 
20Our innermost being waits for you, O Lord,
  our helper and our shield.
21Surely, our heart rejoices in you,
  for in your holy name we put our trust.
22Let your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
  even as we place our hope in you. 


Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Abraham and Sarah exemplify the vision of faith that people of God enact in every age. Their hope and trust in God’s promise allowed them to face an unknown future and to receive the promise of God.
1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. 9By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, “as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
13All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, 14for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. 16But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.


Gospel: Luke 12:32-40

Jesus encourages disciples to invest their hearts and live fully into God’s reign. Instead of facing life with fear, those who know God’s generosity are always ready to receive from God and to give to others.
[Jesus said:] 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

          The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.   


Pray for those people who are hurting and going through some unimaginable circumstances. Pray for those who want their lives to be better and to be free from those things that may be holding them back.  Even though you may not know them, God knows their situation!

Joys: The birth of Iris Allison Wilkins
Bereaved: The friends and family of Tammy Tanner and Betty Addison
Sick and/or Recovering: Luke Rankin, Bob Oswald, Steve, Donna, Diane Hogue, Cindy Dawson, Betty Ann Heinsohn, Monte Mims, Marcy Floyd, Connie Morgan, Anne Foster, Elmore Marlow, and Brian Steele

All of us here at St. Johannes thank you for joining us today. Please join us for our service every Sunday morning at 11:45 AM!
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