Week of Sunday, July 9
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with the lowly and outcast. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.
Readings and Psalm
- Zechariah 9:9-12
The king will come in humility and peace
- Psalm 145:8-14
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion. (Ps. 145:8)
- Romans 7:15-25a
The struggle within the self
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The yoke of discipleship
Focusing on our mission
First Lutheran Church of the Trinity has entered into a redevelopment partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA.
The redevelopment process is focused not only on sustainability of resources, but on creating a culture where our congregation is participating in the work of the spirit.
Each month our redevelopment team will identify something new to focus on, or we will continue to work in the areas recommended by the Synod. These areas are Growth, Shared Leadership, Discipleship, Stewardship, Contextual and Relevant Worship, and an Inclusivity Plan.
One of the focuses for July is to continue sharing our faith stories and encouraging members to speak confidently about their own faith. Recently this article was shared with the ELCA Redevelopers group. We are sharing it here to help explain the reasons that our faith stories are so important. Stories — Your Website’s Secret Sauce