THE TREASURES OF GOD
July 30, 2017
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
There has been much press in Christian literature about “seekers,” or people seeking God on their own. If we think the parable of the pearl and net are about seekers, we are the seekers and God is who’s sought. What if God is the Seeker and we are who’s sought? How does your perception of God change if He gave His everything and He paid the price for you? These parables present a beautiful picture of God as the seeker that reverses the common perception of who’s really the “Seeker.”
Our new schedule presents many new ways for you to serve in worship!
- Usher (traditional or contemporary services) — Serve with a team of ushers at worship to greet worshipers, distribute bulletins, collect offerings, and dismiss rows for Communion. Men, women, or youth (min. 6th grade) may serve. Time commitment: one worship service every 3-4 weeks.
- Communion Assistant (traditional services) — Help the pastors and elders with the distribution of Communion. The Communion Assistant distributes wine to those who come forward for the Sacrament. Men may serve in this position. Time commitment: one worship service per month.
- Worship Assistant (contemporary services) — Aid the contemporary worship service in the following ways: recruit ushers (as necessary), read the Scripture passages during the service, and help with Communion distribution (as a Communion Assistant, see above). Time commitment: 15 minutes prior to assigned worship service, flexibility regarding number of weeks per year.
- Counters—Assist in counting the weekly offerings. Counters must be detail oriented, able to work on Monday mornings, and can use a calculator. A background check is required. Time commitment: one Monday (1-1.5 hours) every 4-5 weeks.
- Greeters—Provide a warm welcome to all who enter our doors for Sunday morning services. Time commitment: one Sunday every 3-4 weeks.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Dennis Rosebrough, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Annette Stoneking and Brenda Tierney. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all those who mourn including the family and friends of Vivian Andersen and Pierre Mathieu. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter, and Shad Singer.
Teacher Dedication, Aug 6th, 9:30 a.m.
Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 6th, 6:00 p.m.
BLAST Event, Aug. 19th, 3:30 p.m.
Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING Deuteronomy 7:6-9
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
EPISTLE READING Romans 8:28-39
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GOSPEL READING Matthew 13:44-52
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.”52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”