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E-Blast for Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
 Sunday, July 24, 2022

St. Johannes Lutheran Church

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Outreach 

If you have every known a teacher personally, you are most likely aware of how much teachers typically spend out of their own pockets each year to help the children in their classrooms. In July, we will be collecting supplies for the Teachers' Supply Closet (TSC). Teachers' Supply Closet is a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers in the Tri-County area who work at schools where 71% or more of the students are on the free or reduced meals program.  Items we will be collecting include:
 
      Composition notebooks, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, copy paper, earbuds, poster board, white card stock, headphones for elementary school children.
 
Donations of needed items may be placed in the little red wagon in the narthex; or, if you’d prefer that we shop for you, please make your check to “St. Johannes Church,” and note “Teachers’ Closet” on your check. Members of the Outreach Committee will be happy to be your “personal shoppers!!”


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.
 

 

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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

 

July 31, 2022


11:45 AM Service

First Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23

The teacher of wisdom who wrote Ecclesiastes sees that working for mere accumulation of wealth turns life into an empty game, a “vanity of vanities.” Nevertheless, he asserts in the next verse, it is good to find enjoyment in one’s work because such enjoyment is a gift from God.
2Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher,
  vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

12I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, 13applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. 14I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.


2:18I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me 19—and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20So I turned and gave my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21because sometimes one who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave all to be enjoyed by another who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? 23For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.


Psalm: Psalm 49:1-12

My mouth shall speak of wisdom. (Ps. 49:3)
1Hear this, all you peoples;
  give ear, all you who dwell in the world,
2you of high degree and low,
  rich and poor together.
3My mouth shall speak of wisdom,
  and my heart shall meditate on understanding.
4I will incline my ear to a proverb
  and set forth my riddle upon the harp. 
5Why should I be afraid in evil days,
  when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me,
6the wickedness of those who put their trust in their own prowess,
  and boast of their great riches?
7One can never redeem another,
  or give to God the ransom for another’s life;
8for the ransom of a life is so great
  that there would never be enough to pay it,
9in order to live forever and ever
  and never see the grave.
10For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish
  and leave their wealth to those who come after them.
11Their graves shall be their homes forever, their dwelling places from generation to generation,
  though they had named lands after themselves.
12Even though honored, they cannot live forever;
  they are like the beasts that perish. 


Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-11

Life in Christ includes a radical reorientation of our values. Just as the newly baptized shed their old clothes and put on new garments, so Christians are called to let go of greed and take hold of a life shaped by God’s love in Christ.
1So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!


Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

In God’s reign, the “rich will be sent away empty.” Jesus uses a parable to warn against identifying the worth of one’s life with the value of one’s possessions rather than one’s relationship with God.
13Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told them a parable: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

          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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