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Subject:                                       August 2 Bulletin

 

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH of Blanco

 

Where God is Seen [1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:19]

                    Love is Felt [John 13:34-35]

                              Lives are Changed [Rom. 12:1-2]

 

Trinity Mission Statement:

Not having it all together, nor pretending to, our quest is to help in making mature, authentic disciples through teaching and preaching sound Biblical doctrine that will inform, inspire, equip, and connect God’s people to God, each other, and to evangelize with the Good News.

 

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost,                                August 2, 2020

 

WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

 

Invocation

 

Opening                                     “Awesome God”              on screen

 

Welcome: Please register your attendance this Lord’s day on the card in the pew. You may also use these cards for prayer requests and communion registration.  Include your email address on your attendance card to receive the monthly newsletter by email.  Please place the card in the offering basket. 

 

If you have a special prayer request you would like included in the prayers today, hand a yellow attendance card to an Usher during the offering.

 

Call To Worship (Psalm 86:11-17)

P  Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;
C   give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
P  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
C  I will glorify your name forever.
P  For great is your love toward me;
C  you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.

P  Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
C  ruthless people are trying to kill me—they have no regard for you.
P  But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
C  slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
P  Turn to me and have mercy on me; show your strength in behalf of your

     servant;
C  save me, because I serve you just as my mother did.
P  Give me a sign of your goodness,
C  that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
    for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

 

 

Pastor’s Prayer                                      (You may kneel, sit or stand)

P Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid:  Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

1 John 1:8-10

P  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 

Confession

C Lord God, we have tried to create you in our own image rather than conforming to your image.  We ignore your word and your commandments.  We make darkness out of your light and sin out of your goodness.  Forgive us when we ignore you.  Renew our spirits by your power.  Forgive our sin. 

(silence for personal confession)

 

Absolution (Forgiveness)                                                                     

 

Prayer of the Day

C  O God, you see how busy we are with many things.  Turn us to listen to your teachings and lead us to choose the one thing which will not be taken from us, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

GOD’S WORD FOR US TODAY

 

First Reading, Isaiah 55:1-5

Here God reminds the people he made an everlasting covenant with David that his kingdom would last forever through David’s seed, the Messiah.

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.  Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.  See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples.  Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God,    the Holy One of Israel,    for he has endowed you with splendor.”

Second Reading, Romans 9:6-13

Paul writes all who truly believe are the children of God.

It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”

10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

Hymn of the Day    “Let Us Break Bread Together” LBW 212 on screen

 

Gospel Reading, Matthew 14:13-21

Jesus miracle of 5 loaves and 2 fish is the only miracle story in all four Gospels.  5000 men plus women and children bringing the total to about 15,000 to 20,000 people.

13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Children’s Message

 

Message                                       “Seeing Life Through the Eyes of Jesus”

                                                                                      Dr. Bobby Leggett

 

Faith Statement (The Apostle’s Creed)

 

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.  He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.  He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.

On the third day he rose again.  He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

(The word “catholic” comes from the Greek phrase “kata holos,” meaning “According to the whole.”  We believe in the Spirit’s presence in the whole, or universal, church.)

 

OUR RESPONSE TO GOD’S WORD

 

Offering

(Due to health guidelines, we will not pass the offering baskets to collect offerings in the sanctuary, please deposit your offerings as you leave in the basket provided in the narthex.)

 

Offertory

   Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

   Praise Him, all creatures here below;

   Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

   Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

 
Offertory Prayer:

P     Merciful Father,

C   we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us – our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love.  Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

 

Prayers of the Church

Lord’s Prayer, sing in unison

 

SENT FORTH TO TELL & LIVE GOD’S STORY

 

Peace of the Lord

Announcements—Birthdays and Anniversaries this week

 

Benediction                                                                 Numbers 6:22-26

Closing Song     “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing” LBW 221 on screen

 

Dismissal

P  Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Pray for one another always.

C  Thanks be to God, and we will

 

Announcements:

 

WELCOME HOME STRANGER!  You are no stranger to God who knows and loves you.  We have been waiting for you to come to us.  We believe that every person who comes to us is sent by God Almighty!  You may not understand this and neither do we, but God understands and that is all that matters.   

 

VISITORS—If you are a visitor, please pick up a welcome envelope from one of the ushers after the service.  Thank you for coming and we hope you will return.

 

ALTAR FLOWERS are presented this Sunday in Honor of Seamus Welton’s 18th Birthday by his family.  Happy Birthday!!

 

PRAYERS for family and friends in need, especially, Vicky Walsh, Kathy Knudson, Caroline Lancaster, Pat Hester, Claudia Smith, Dixie Cox, Deb McKinney, Alice Colbert, Jesse Caldera, Maria Ruvalcaba, Dan Copeland, Garry Adams, Mark Birchard, as well as all military personnel both at home and abroad and our dedicated first responders.  We also pray for our Stephen Ministers and church leaders. 

     If you would like your prayer request listed in the bulletin for the next Facebook Live Stream worship service, please contact the church office by phone (830) 833.4771 or by email: trinityblanco@gvtc.com.

 

NURSERY OPEN—Please bring your little ones to the nursery!  We have opened the space and welcome children, ages 6 and younger.  For more information, contact Lainie Parker at 830-554-0564. 

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN—Ashley Finch concludes the Dr. Seuss themed Sunday School for children in the youth room THIS SUNDAY from 10:45-11:45am. 

 

Today’s class will be the last Children’s Sunday School class until we kick off our Fall Program on Sept. 13—join us in September!

 

MEALS ON WHEELS SIGN UP ALMOST FILLED! Thank you to everyone that has signed up to deliver Meals on Wheels during the month of August.  At this time, a week’s meals are boxed up and delivered once a week ONLY.  Meals are picked up at Trinity’s fellowship hall by 9:30a.m. each Tuesday in August.  **Only one more volunteer needed to deliver on Tuesday, August 25th…PLEASE SIGN UP IF INTERESTED—WE NEED YOUR HELP!  For more information, call Lainie Parker at 830-554-0564. 

 

AUGUST NEWSLETTERS are available on the table in the narthex for those that would like to take one.  The newsletter is also emailed to those with emails on file.  Visit Trinity’s website:  www.trinityofblanco.com to find the monthly news, recordings of Pastor’s sermons, and more information about Trinity!

 

PORTALS OF PRAYER devotionals for July-September are available to pick up!  Call the office at 833-4771 if you would like a copy.

 

Sermon Notes:

 

Jesus sees the situation differently than do the disciples.

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Jesus; feeding thousands is the only miracle in all four Gospels.

 

There are two accounts of Jesus feeding thousands with loaves and fishes.  Matthew 14 and Matthew 15.

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Chapter 14 begins with John the Baptist being beheaded by Herod. Matthew 14:1-12

 

Jesus had just been told of the death of John and he went by boat to a solitary place. 14:13

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The crowds followed Jesus to the solitary place from all the towns around. 14:13

 

The disciples are concerned, because the day is coming to an end and thousands are coming to Jesus. They ask Jesus to send the crowds away so the people can get something to eat in the villages. 14:15

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Jesus tested the disciples by telling them to provide food. 14:16

 

Jesus miracles often included a test of faith from the people.

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Jesus already had the solution to this dilemma. God would provide.

 

Paul writes in Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…”

 

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