Week of Sunday, September 2
15th Sunday after Pentecost
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This is one of those Sundays that we look forward to! We are welcoming our interim pastor, and after worship many of us will head over to enjoy God’s creation at the White Sox game.
Jesus protests against human customs being given the weight of divine law, while the essence of God’s law is ignored. True uncleanness comes not from external things, but from the intentions of the human heart. Last week Jesus told us “the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” Now James says God has given us birth by the word of truth. We, having been washed in the word when we were born in the font, return to it every Sunday to ask God to create in us clean hearts.
Readings and Psalm
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
God’s law: a sign of a great nation
Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? (Ps. 15:1)
Be doers of the word, not hearers only
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero as our interim minister.
Rev. Pero is esteemed and beloved in many circles, and we’re graced to have her walk with us (as she says) during our transition.
Please join us at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and give her a proper FT welcome!
The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero became the second African American women ordained by the Lutheran Church in America in 1980 and the first African American Lutheran Women to get a PHD in New Testament from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 2010. She serves as the Director of Conferences for International Black Lutherans. She served Chicago parishes and Campus Ministry for 12 years.