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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 9 (14), year A

"Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."    Matthew 11:28

Texts & Discussion:
Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm 45:10-17
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


This Week's Themes:
Providence / God's Guidance
Struggle With Sin

Prayer for self-control:

O Lord our God, teach us temperance and self-control, that we may live in the Spirit and be mindful of all that Jesus endured and sacrificed for our sakes, and how he was made perfect through sufferings.

Help us so to follow your guiding hand, that we may loose the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, and let the oppressed go free; through the grace of Christ Jesus our crucified and risen Savior. Amen.


Children's Messages:



Sermon Excerpt:

Religion – the Way it Was Intended  
Matthew 11: 28-30
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

There is no doubt in my mind that RULES are part of the reason why organized religion is shrinking, especially those rules that are rooted in the culture of ages past—rules that don’t make sense in today’s world.

Examples of such rules, often unspoken, include:

  • Wearing formal clothes to Church
  • Giving isn’t optional, ushers will collect
  • Certain seats (and offices) are “reserved” for faithful donors
  • No applause during the church service

Many years ago, this list of rules was substantially longer (here are a few):

  • No going to the movies
  • No watching TV
  • No wearing of pants for women
  • No makeup
  • No pastoral role for women

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