• Welcome to Living Grace Lutheran Church
  • The Rev. David E. Hardy, D.D., Pastor of Living Grace Lutheran
  • Boxes filled with 89 quilts, 31 school bags, and 16 fabric kits going to the Lutheran World Relief trucks to be shipped
  • God's Work, Our Hands - digging the pollunated garden
  • Working on the pollunated garden - God's Work, Our Hands
  • Pollunated garden - God's Work, Our Hands
  • Pollunated garden - God's Work, Our Hands
  • Good work - Pollunated Garden finished - God's Work, Our Hands
  • Live Music at the Community BBQ
  • Community BBQ-Cooking
  • Honey Samples from Heifer International

LIVING GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH

WELCOMES YOU

ALL SUNDAY SERVICES AT 9:30 AM

THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

21 JULY 2024

Mark’s gospel makes clear how great is the press of the crowd, with its countless needs to be met, on Jesus and his disciples. Yet in today’s gospel Jesus advises his disciples to get away and rest, to take care of themselves. Sometimes we think that when others are in great need we shouldn’t think of ourselves at all; but Jesus also honors the caregivers’ need. We are sent from Christ’s table to care for others and for ourselves.

Prayer of the Day.

O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6

Jeremiah prophesied before the exile in 587 BCE. In this passage, he uses the metaphor of a shepherd to describe the bad kings who have scattered the “flock” of Israel. God promises to gather the flock and to raise up a new king from David’s line to save Israel and Judah.

Psalm: Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22

The author of this letter reminds his audience that originally they were not part of God’s chosen people. Through Jesus’ death, however, they are included in God’s household of faith, whose cornerstone is Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

When Jesus sends his disciples out to teach and heal, they minister among large numbers of people. Their work is motivated by Christ’s desire to be among those in need.

(from 2024 sundaysandseasons.com)