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When you think about it, it is a silly question: “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” (Luke 13:23). Why do you think you need to know that anyway? Maybe such a person is worried for others—for their family, for their children. Or maybe they are looking for a loophole for themselves. Of course, our Lord sets us straight by turning the question back so that we ask, “Am I going to be saved?” To answer that question, we almost automatically fall into the temptation to believe that the answer has to do with the sufficiency of our own merits or good works. The “narrow door” and Jesus’ requirement to “strive to enter” seem to suggest some evidence of effort on our part. The surprise, however, is that there is no effort required; one only receives the work, the merit, the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In Holy Baptism, you receive that new status of “child of God,” bearing the righteousness of Christ. The striving and effort are but the daily dying and rising by repentance and faith by the power of your Baptism. The strength to persevere is nourished by the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist. Keep entering through the open door, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
O.T. Isaiah 66:18–23 (They shall see My glory.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/66/18-23?_ga=2.150260593.692973504.1660571348-257035986.1643645019
N. T. Hebrews 12:4–29 (A Kingdom that cannot be shaken) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/hebrews/12/4-29?_ga=2.180053859.692973504.1660571348-257035986.1643645019
Gospel Luke 13:22–30 (The narrow door) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/luke/13/22-30?_ga=2.180053859.692973504.1660571348-257035986.1643645019
Reader: Jeff Largiader
August Mission of the Month
The Joan Valentine House is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation composed of family members and friends of the mentally ill who are dedicated to providing residents with the safe, healthy, pleasant, caring environment they deserve. The Joan Valentine House is committed to the total care of each resident, which includes full housing provisions, the coordination of health care thru physical and psychiatric health care providers, and various additional support services. They are located on Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach. Thank you for your support.
Our chancel is vested with green paraments to indicate the life and growth that God’s Spirit works in us through His Word and Sacraments.
Reusable Bags from Point Pleasant Chambers of Commerce
Available on the literature table in the foyer/narthex. Good Shepherd is among the advertisers included on the tote bag. Please help yourself!
Free Stuff Table
Please browse and help yourself. Take something for your family or friends. This time, there are back issues of The Lutheran Witness from 2007 to 2011.
Save the Date!
Join us on Sunday, September 18, in Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant (site of the former hospital) for our first "Family Fun Day"! We will have our Sunday Service at 10:00 AM under the Pavilion, which will include our annual "Back to School Blessing". Immediately following our Service, we will have a Picnic, featuring individually wrapped Jersey Mike's subs. Please sign up using the sheet the foyer/narthex. Please mark what subs you and your family members would like. There will be no Worship in the Woods this day.
Thank you for your continuing support!
From Trinity Lutheran Church, Uvalde:
Dear Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, On May 24, 2022, an unspeakable evil descended upon our small, beloved town of Uvalde. The terror experienced first-hand, and the second-hand trauma that accompanied it, will not be going away for quite some time. Even though we have a strong, resilient community, the sickening level of brutality at Robb Elementary has shaken us all to the core. We thank you for the prayers you have already said for
us and we ask you to keep us all in your prayers as we continue to move forward under God's grace. With heavy hearts, we thank you for contributing $861.00 towards the Robb Help Fund. We are in the
process of forming a committee to create a distribution policy and to manage the proper disbursement of funds. We will be the best stewards of these funds as we can be. Our goal is to use these funds to make sure nobody falls through unforeseen proverbial cracks. As we tackle this new mountain before us, there will be obstacles and needs that arise. Your contribution will help us accomplish our goal.
May God grant us all His comfort and peace which surpasses all understanding. Thank you again for your prayers and generous contribution. To God be all glory!
Church Life Photos
We have dedicated one of our bulletin boards to church life and memories. If you have photos of any events or happenings with Good Shepherd then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or pop them in the church office mailbox. Thank you!
Remember Our Homebound and Elderly
Please remember our homebound and elderly in prayer or with a card or phone call: Annaliese Benson, Fran McCallum, and Robert Mueller. Contact information is listed on the board in the foyer/Narthex.
The Artist Collective Troupe is a nonprofit organization created to serve the community through theatrical and music performances, artistic events, education opportunities, workshops, and more. They have been using the our basement here at Good Shepherd to practice for these performances for a few months now. They are very thankful for the use of our building and as a result wanted to share a discount code for Good Shepherd congregants and students of the nursery school . Please use coupon code "GOODSHEP" at check out to save 33% on tickets.
This Week at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
In Our Prayers
To add someone to our list, please fill out a pink Prayer Request Form and submit it to Pastor or the Church office. Also, please let us know when we can remove names. Prayer requests submitted without a pink form are removed after one week. If we have removed a name in error, please resubmit the name and accept our apologies. Thank you.
Rev. Dale and Suzanne Kaster, Prague
Under Doctor’s Care:
J.R. Aldarelli, Carlee Allfrey,
Alice Blaze, Bill Cerrato, Kieran Dillane,
Judy Gruendling, Dale Kaster,
James McCaffrey, Linda McKelvey,
Richard Norris, Tammy Pausz,
Susan Rentas, Kate Rubin,
John Shand, Harler Jean Visbeck
Special Needs: The Brown family, Kim DeAngelo, James McNellis, Robert H. Mueller, the Murray family, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Kate Gruendling Kelly Handy
Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Proverbs 25:2–10 (The way of humility)
Hebrews 13:1–17 (Sacrifices pleasing to God)
Luke 14:1–14 (Parables of the wedding feast and the great banquet)