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The Word works! The Word of God is our only source of everlasting life. Through Isaiah, God explains that His Word is as effective as rain causing growth in plants. And the Word will work in our lives so that we will “go out in joy and be led forth in peace,” as Isaiah puts it. Indeed, Jesus, the Word in the flesh, succeeded in giving us peace and joy by rising victorious over sin, death, and the power of the devil. As a result, Paul explains in the Epistle, we are God’s adopted children, calling out to Him, “Abba, Father.” But there is work for us to do! As we let the Word work through us, we can expect that, in spite of opposition of all sorts from the world, if we but hear and understand, we will certainly bear fruit for our heavenly Father.
O.T. Isaiah 55:10–13 (God’s Word accomplishes His plans.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/isaiah/55/10-13?_ga=2.170169696.175029160.1593875286-251304765.1584641633
N. T. Romans 8:12–17 (Because the Spirit leads us, we know we are children of God.)
Gospel Matthew 13:1–9, 18–23 (Whoever hears the Word and understands it will produce a great harvest.) https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/13/18-23?_ga=2.170169696.175029160.1593875286-251304765.1584641633 https://bible.faithlife.com/bible/matthew/13/1-9?_ga=2.170169696.175029160.1593875286-251304765.1584641633
Service with Livestream at 9:30
30 people can attend but face masks and 6 feet of social distancing are required. Therefore, please DO NOT sit in a pew marked by blue tape, and sit only at the extreme ends of unmarked pews (unless you are a family unit -- then you may take up as much pew space as you need). Please sit on the LEFT side. Everyone who attends should be symptom/exposure free for two weeks. When you come, please park in every other parking space. We will not be Sharing the Peace during the Service (except verbally) nor passing the offering plate (it will be set up by the back door of the nave). We will not be handing out bulletins (please refer to your weekly e-newsletter) nor using hymnals or pew Bibles. Bagels and coffee will not be provided, and Pastor will be dismissing worshippers pew by pew to keep the exit traffic flowing consistently. We look forward to seeing everyone! God bless!
Spoken Service 11:00
We will be holding an indoor spoken Service at 11:00 AM. Same rules apply as for the 9:30 am Service, but please sit on the RIGHT side. Additionally, only 24 people may attend this Service. Thank you. God bless us, everyone!
Portals of Prayer
The new Portals of Prayer are ready. You will be able to get them in the foyer/narthex.
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
Pastor Matt Lytikainen and the Kairos Network
Under Doctor’s Care:
John Aldarelli Barbara Bellamy Henry Benson
Alice Blaze Sheryl Borkowski Leah Farina
Vicky Forte Paul Giannantonio Punna Khanna
Jeanie Lyness Daniel McCallum Linda McKelvey
John Shand Dennis P. Smith Jr Gloria Smith
Harler Jean Visbeck Ray Visbeck
Special Needs: The Murray family, Ilona Poitras, the Renout family, and the Zupanc family. All who serve to keep us healthy, fed, and supplied.
Armed Forces: All who serve to keep us safe.
Christopher Garrigan Justin Gruendling Kelly Handy
Travis Harvey Jonathan Kaster Matthew Orgill
Mason Remondelli David Schauer
Readings for Next Sunday
Isaiah 44:6–8 (Is there a God besides the Lord?)
Romans 8:18–27 (Sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory to be revealed.)
Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 (Then the righteous shall shine like the sun.)