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Taste and See; Awake and Alive; GLS

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Taste and See
 
Tomorrow begins an online mission event called “Taste and See” that allows you to participate in the presentations that are normally given at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society national convention and the Seminary’s Taste of Missions event.
 
There are a number of recorded presentations that you can already view here and four livestreaming events, the first of which is tomorrow morning at 11 am. Learn more here.
 
Awake and Alive
 
Sunday evening is this summer’s online Awake and Alive event. Join Kent Reeder as explores the topic: Permission | Where constraints become gifts and gifts become opportunities. Register for this free event here.

Global Leadership Summit – Register Now
 
What can you do to help your community, your congregation, your nation? The first step is to grow in your ability to lead with influence. Join us in the Trinity Gym on Thursday, August 6 and Friday, August 7 for the Global Leadership Summit Simulcast. The gym will allow us to maintain social distance throughout the day. You will also be able to join the simulcast as it is livestreamed. The sessions will be available for viewing a week after the event as well. Learn more here.
 
Our Daily Reading
 
Today’s reading includes a prayer based on the benediction we use in our services:
 
The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).
 
When someone’s face is shining on you, they are smiling at you. In Psalm 80, the psalmist asks, “Make your face shine on us.”
 
Our New Testament reading reminds us that the LORD’s face shines on us even though we don’t deserve it. Notice the words that Jesus speaks from the cross in Luke 23:33-49.
 
Highlights from to day’s psalms:

  • Psalm 79 – How long? Like a child, we struggle to understand God’s timing.
  • Psalm 80 – Make your face shine on us. A benediction prayer.
  • Psalm 81 – Listen! God does but so often we do not.
  • Psalm 82 – A warning for any leader of God’s people
  • Psalm 83 – When I am frightened by the enemies God’s church faces today, I can find comfort in the great victories of the past.

We look forward to seeing many of you in worship this week. There is communion in all our services. See the attached explanation. Our traditional service will be available on Saturday by 5 pm. The Bridge will be livestreamed on Sunday at 10:15 am.. 

God bless your weekend!

Pastor Pete 

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