Welcome to worship this weekend with the Lutheran Church of the Master for the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost! Can we pray the way Bartimaeus prays? People try to hush him up because by addressing Jesus as “Son of David,” he makes a politically dangerous claim that Jesus is the rightful king. Could our prayers ever be heard as a threat to unjust powers that be? Bartimaeus won’t give up or go away quietly but repeats his call for help more loudly. Do we ask so boldly? And are our prayers an honest answer to Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Though tough questions are what we hear today, it is a day of celebration! We honor our four confirmands today, and I hope you have had the opportunity to download the resources for this Season of The Spirit to prepare your at-home worship spaces or worship in the building. I also hope that your sabbath is fulfilling, as today promises to be an inspiring morning. For our liturgy today, I invite you to please download and open the worship guide to fully participate as you, too, are a vital participant in today’s liturgy. Peace & Blessings Dear Church ~ Pastor Dave
But for this liturgy, please give your thanks to the following contributors:
- Lady’s Rejoice, Master’s Voices and all our incredible musicians!
- Michael Benshish – Director of Worship & Music Ministries
- Pat Gerber Bornholt – Deacon Emeritus
- Edna Malo – Assisting Lay Minister
- LCM Technical Team
- And of course, our wonderful Staff & Volunteers!