FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
JULY 9/10, 2022
ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, FALLS CHURCH, VA
Saturday 5:00 p.m./ Sunday 10:00 a.m.
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THE ENTRANCE RITE
PRELUDE In Holy Conversation Setting: Michael D. Costello (5 PM); Keith Kolander (10 AM)
ENTRANCE HYMN #772 In Holy Conversation
1 In holy conversation
We speak to God in prayer,
And at His invitation
Our deepest thoughts we share.
We come, His will obeying,
As children bringing needs;
And to support our praying,
His Spirit intercedes.
2 These holy conversations
Begin in childlike ways;
We bring our supplications
And words of thanks and praise.
With care our Father listens
To ev’ry thought expressed,
Then answers our petitions
In ways He knows are best.
3 As holy conversation,
In silence or by word,
In ev’ry situation
Through Jesus, we are heard.
So let us pray securely,
Expressing hopes and fears
With confidence that surely
Our Father ever hears.
CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION p. 203
In the name of the Father and of the ✠ Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?
But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
Since we are gathered to hear God’s Word, call upon Him in prayer and praise, and receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ in the fellowship of this altar, let us first consider our unworthiness and confess before God and one another that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, and that we cannot free ourselves from our sinful condition. Together as His people let us take refuge in the infinite mercy of God, our heavenly Father, seeking His grace for the sake of Christ, and saying: God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Almighty God, have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Almighty God, merciful Father, in Holy Baptism You declared us to be Your children and gathered us into Your one, holy Church, in which You daily and richly forgive us our sins and grant us new life through Your Spirit. Be in our midst, enliven our faith, and graciously receive our prayer and praise; through Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
KYRIE p. 204
Lord, have mercy;
Christ, have mercy;
Lord, have mercy.
HYMN OF PRAISE – “Gloria in Excelsis” p. 204
1 To God on high be glory
And peace to all the earth;
Goodwill from God in heaven
Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!
We praise and bless You, Father;
Your holy name, we sing—
Our thanks for Your great glory,
Lord God, our heav’nly King.
2 To You, O sole-begotten,
The Father’s Son, we pray;
O Lamb of God, our Savior,
You take our sins away.
Have mercy on us, Jesus;
Receive our heartfelt cry,
Where You in pow’r are seated
At God’s right hand on high—
3 For You alone are holy;
You only are the Lord.
Forever and forever,
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit
Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory.
“Amen!” our glad reply.
THE PRAYER OF THE DAY
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray. Lord Jesus Christ,
in Your deep compassion You rescue us from whatever may hurt us. Teach us to love You above all things and to love our neighbors as ourselves; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
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THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
FIRST LESSON (Be seated) Leviticus 18:1–5; 19:9–18
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. . . .
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning. You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.
“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord.
“You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
PSALM 41 (Read responsively)
Blessèd is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessèd in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.
As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you!”
My enemies say of me in malice,
“When will he die and his name perish?”
And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words,
while his heart gathers iniquity;
when he goes out, he tells it abroad.
All who hate me whisper together about me;
they imagine the worst for me.
They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him;
he will not rise again from where he lies.”
Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.
But you, O Lord, be gracious to me,
and raise me up, that I may repay them!
By this I know that you delight in me:
my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.
But you have upheld me because of my integrity,
and set me in your presence forever.
Blessèd be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!
Amen and Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.
SECOND LESSON Colossians 1:1-14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
ALLELUIA VERSE (Stand)
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
GOSPEL Luke 10:25-37
The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 10th chapter
Glory to You, O Lord.
Behold, a lawyer stood up to put [Jesus] to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.
SERMON (Be seated)
Grace, mercy and peace be to you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus. Amen. Dear friends in Christ.
“Go and do likewise,” said Jesus. Be like the Good Samaritan who showed mercy to one who was hurting and needed help.
This parable of our Lord speaks to us in many ways. And its incredible power sparks all kinds of thoughts about what it means to follow Jesus. But its concluding words make one thing abundantly clear: we are to be people who show mercy. “Go and do likewise.” That’s what being a neighbor is all about.
In the parable, Jesus tells us nothing about the man on the road other than what had happened to him. We don’t know if the man was a native of Jerusalem or one who was just visiting there. We don’t know if he was rich or poor, young or old, Gentile or Jew. Jesus gives no information about him – and this is most certainly by design, so that we can better imagine the many different people in our world who need help.
So, let’s do a little imagining. What if that man on the road was one who had not been physically beaten but who was simply hurting in other ways and crying out for help? What if he had, for example, been forced from his home because his country was being attacked by a foreign power and he needed help in his new land?
Theresa and I recently returned from a trip to Europe – a trip you had given us as a gift for our 20 years of service. Among the places we visited was Wittenberg – the historic city where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses and started the great Reformation. While we were there, we went into the old Latin School that has been purchased by our church body in coordination with the church body in Germany with which we are in fellowship – the SELK. On the ground floor of that school there is now a bookstore and a meeting area. Theresa and I were able to walk right in and have a nice visit with the director – a Luther scholar originally from S. Africa. As we looked around, we noticed that there were three or four other floors to the building, and so we asked how these were used. The Director explained that visiting scholars and students can rent space in the apartments there, as can local residents according to availability. However, at present, all the units were being used to house Ukrainian refugees.
When we got back to our tour group, I was able to share this good work of our churches with the people at our dinner table. They were all quite moved by the generosity and mercy that was being shown. And I was quite proud. Together we rejoiced in the good work that was being done.
Having said that, we all know that acts of generosity and mercy come with questions too. Foremost of these is just how generous and merciful a person or group can afford to be. I found myself wondering how long this little church-run operation in Wittenberg would be able to keep going without the rent of those apartments. Probably not very long. And once word got out that refugees were being housed, how much pressure would there be to then turn those units into housing for other people of need? Would the people in need be allowed to live there for a long time? Would this become the new mission of that school? Lots of questions come to mind concerning the amount of needs that could be met.
Back to our imagined man on the road. What if that man crying out for help wasn’t really a refugee but just someone who wanted a better life? What if the place he was leaving wasn’t under foreign attack but was just more dangerous than the place he wanted to go? Or, what if he was in need because he had gotten himself into all kinds of trouble. Maybe he had abused drugs. Maybe he had insisted on his own way and lost favor with others around him.
Just as it is hard to know how many needs we can help, so also it can be hard to know who is really in need. People can convince themselves – and us – that they are in great need. And yet sometimes these are really more desires than needs and should be handled by the individual, not others. It can be hard to know whether to give a hand up, a hand out, or whether an expectation of personal responsibility is more in order.
Let’s use our imagination one more time. What if that person from the parable, beaten up on the road, was not a man but a woman? And what if that woman had been raped? And what if that woman, as a result, was now pregnant?
While Theresa and I were on our tour, the United States Supreme Court gave a ruling that overturned the well-known ruling Roe v. Wade. Interestingly, of all the many conversations I had with our fellow travelers during the tour (and there were many!), none contained any mention of that new ruling. I suppose that’s because we all know how emotionally charged the subject is, and how complex it is as well. Certainly everyone wanted to be polite. Besides, we were on vacation.
But the decision is a very big deal.
Our church is pleased with the decision, for we believe that life begins at conception and that life is to be preserved and not ended. Interpreting our Constitution to say otherwise is quite troubling.
Those who think differently on this subject tend to focus on choice, freedom and the rights and needs of women. While these things are all important to us too, they pale in comparison with the need to hold life as sacred. For us, the right to life must always surpass the right to choice, because where life is degraded everyone suffers.
Having said this, we must also acknowledge that life is very complicated. There are a great number of needs and desires that are present and intertwined in the case of a pregnancy, and in the case of other life-related issues too. And as we’ve already pointed out, our ability to care for all of life’s needs has its limits.
Do we in the church think that all women and children will receive the proper care they need? Do we in the church believe that hard lines drawn by government will lead to best outcomes?
What about those women who are raped? What about those women who are abandoned? Many a woman has discovered that the father of her child has no real love for her and no intention of doing his part. What about those pregnancies that pose a great health risk to the woman? What about those children conceived who’s health will never be good?
These circumstances bring complications. And while we would hope that all people could face these complications with faith, is it right to expect everyone to do so? Not all people have the gift of faith.
Christianity as rooted in the New Testament does not teach an imposing of its laws on others. Where people choose our moral laws, we rejoice. Where people reject them, we preach, teach and debate, but ultimately live in peace with them. We live the laws ourselves, as best we can, as an example. And we show compassion to all, especially those who struggle. Notice in our first reading today how God addressed the keeping of his commands to his people, not to all.
It has been said that by making abortion a constitutional right, Roe v. Wade contributed to what can be called a “culture of death.” I agree with this. A culture of death sees life as readily expendable and with little value unless one feels happy and healthy. This kind of culture brings all kinds of troubles with it and is not the Christian way.
At the same time, the Christian way is very aware that hard principle can foster a culture of abandonment, where those with difficult challenges are simply on their own – or at least feel that way. Difficult laws may contribute to this kind of culture too. Regarding life issues, states will now need to think through the care of their residents very carefully.
When I returned from my vacation, I discovered that one of you had submitted a prayer request for women and health care providers who may now, since the recent ruling, face additional challenges receiving care for difficult pregnancies. I discovered that request just a short time before the weekend services, so I didn’t offer it – feeling that I needed more time to think on it. But having done so now, it seems to me that such concerns are very real. And they deserve our prayers.
In the course of this sermon I’ve had us imagine a few “what-ifs” regarding that person on the road in Jesus’ parable. And I’ve noted that Jesus gives us little detail about that man.
But now let’s take note of the detail Jesus does give. Jesus may not have told us much about the one who was beaten up, but he does tell us something very important about the one who helped him. He tells us that the man was a Samaritan. And Samaritans, we recall, were rivals of Jesus’ hearers and people who were wrong on some very important issues.
In this parable, Jesus is moving us to be good neighbors by helping those in need. But what Jesus also wants us to know is that people with whom we might disagree are our neighbors too. Those people, in fact, can sometimes even be even better neighbors than those who are supposedly on our side.
Samaritans are our neighbors. That’s what Jesus told the lawyer who put him to the test that day. By extension, all other people are our neighbors too. Pastor Yang reminded us of this in the announcements after the service two Sundays ago, saying that we are to treat with love those with whom we disagree. That is the way of Christ. We are to debate and deliberate with a tone and manner of respect – which, by the way, is a fundamental understanding of being pro-life.
One final thought on this great parable of our Lord. Although it may not be the main message he intends to give, Jesus certainly also wants us to catch his role in all of this. In Jesus, we have a Good Samaritan. We have one who stops and helps us when we are beaten up by the troubles and trials of this world. Jesus is that one who sees us with eyes of compassion and shows us mercy.
Let’s face it, we get beaten up every day. Every day we receive blows from the culture of death – those who steal from us and those who use violence against us; those who spread hate to further their purposes and those who refuse to see value in us. This culture of death hangs over us and makes us anxious, suspicious and even angry. It’s heavy and drags us down.
Jesus comes into our sin-sick world with acts of healing. He picks us up through the giving of his Holy Spirit. He bandages our wounds through the soothing balm of his teachings and promises. He gives us rest for our souls through the forgiveness of our sins. And he has paid for it all by his death on the cross.
Jesus is the one who cares for those beaten down by life. And this includes sinners. All of them. All of us.
Jesus cares by both encouraging people to live God’s holy commands and urging his followers to proclaim them as God’s will. Jesus cares by teaching us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Most of all, Jesus cares by extending God’s grace, which comes to us through his Word and Sacraments. In these we find strength for our travel upon the road of life – from our conception as a child of nature, through our Baptism into God’s family, and to the heavenly home that awaits.
The road we walk can be dangerous and difficult. But we are not alone. Our merciful God is with us.
May God then bless us upon that road. All of us. And may God continue to teach us the way of his mercy and love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HYMN OF THE DAY #845 (Stand) Where Charity and Love Prevail
1 Where charity and love prevail
There God is ever found;
Brought here together by Christ’s love
By love are we thus bound.
2 With grateful joy and holy fear
His charity we learn;
Let us with heart and mind and soul
Now love Him in return.
3 Forgive we now each other’s faults
As we our faults confess,
And let us love each other well
In Christian holiness.
4 Let strife among us be unknown;
Let all contention cease;
Be God’s the glory that we seek;
Be ours His holy peace.
5 Let us recall that in our midst
Dwells Christ, His only Son;
As members of His body joined
We are in Him made one.
6 For love excludes no race or clan
That names the Savior’s name;
His family embraces all
Whose Father is the same.
APOSTLES’ CREED Hymnal, back cover
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life ✠ everlasting. Amen.
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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.
Father in heaven, we confess that apart from Christ we have no righteousness. And yet because of Your Son we now have the righteousness that leads to eternal life. Continue to build our hope and faith in you that we may not despair when life gets difficult but overcome our troubles and exhibit a confidence that manifests itself in acts of love and service toward others. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, by Your grace we have died to sin. And yet sin continues to overpower us. Remind us of your eternal promise of grace given in our Baptism. Fill us with a repentant faith that knows we have been buried with Christ through that Baptism into His death. And lead us to remember our baptism with thanksgiving. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, You grant length of days to many in our families and communities. And in doing so you bless us with their wisdom and grant us the opportunity to live out Your love for them. Help us to rightly treasure them. And as they grow in weakness and need, deepen their trust in Your strength to bear them up and save them. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, as You have granted us to live in a nation where Your people may gather without fear, bless our leaders with Your wisdom and guard us from the ungodliness in our land, that Your Gospel may be preached boldly and continue to bear fruit and grow. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, You have created us and given us life. Knowing this, we pray that life would be seen and treated as sacred among us. Be with all women who are with child, especially those who are experiencing difficulties, and grant them protection, care and a joy-filled birth. Be with all who are anxious about their future. Be with all for whom life has become difficult and filled with pain. Be with those on our prayer list and those we name in our hearts. And guide each of us in our efforts to extend compassionate care to all. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, by Your mercy we are heirs of a great inheritance and stand among all the saints who have loved You and known the delight of Your favor. Accept our thanksgiving for the faithful who have gone before us and bring us with them into Your eternal presence in the marriage supper of the Lamb that knows no end. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
Father in heaven, You have been faithful to us who deserve none of Your mercies. Lead us to be faithful toward you, even unto death, that we may receive the crown of everlasting life. We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, through whom, with whom and in whom be all honor and glory, both now and forever. Amen.
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SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT
PREFACE LSB 208
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Lord, holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, for the countless blessings You so freely bestow on us and all creation. Above all, we give thanks for Your boundless love shown to us when You sent Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into our flesh and laid on Him our sin, giving Him into death that we might not die eternally. Because He is now risen from the dead and lives and reigns to all eternity, all who believe in Him will overcome sin and death and will rise again to new life. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:
SANCTUS LSB 208
Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth adored;
Heav’n and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.
Sing hosanna in the highest, sing hosanna to the Lord;
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
THE WORDS OF OUR LORD
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
AGNUS DEI LSB 210
1 O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
You take the sin of the world away;
O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.
2 O Jesus Christ, true Lamb of God,
You take the sin of the world away;
Have mercy on us, Jesus Christ,
And grant us peace, O Lord, we pray.
THE COMMUNION (Be seated)
DISTRIBUTION MUSIC Jesus, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love Setting: Robert J. Powell (5 PM); Richard W. Gieseke (10 AM)
NUNC DIMITTIS LSB 211
1 O Lord, now let Your servant
Depart in heav’nly peace,
For I have seen the glory
Of Your redeeming grace:
A light to lead the Gentiles
Unto Your holy hill,
The glory of Your people,
Your chosen Israel.
2 All glory to the Father,
All glory to the Son,
All glory to the Spirit,
Forever Three in One;
For as in the beginning,
Is now, shall ever be,
God’s triune name resounding.
SENDING HYMN #854 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord
1 Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go,
My daily labor to pursue,
Thee, only Thee, resolved to know
In all I think or speak or do.
2 The task Thy wisdom has assigned,
O let me cheerfully fulfill;
In all my works Thy presence find,
And prove Thy good and perfect will.
3 Thee may I set at my right hand,
Whose eyes my inmost substance see,
And labor on at Thy command,
And offer all my works to Thee.
4 Give me to bear Thine easy yoke,
And ev’ry moment watch and pray,
And still to things eternal look,
And hasten to Thy glorious day.
5 For Thee delightfully employ
Whate’er Thy bounteous grace has giv’n,
And run my course with even joy,
And closely walk with Thee to heav’n.
Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE Winchester New Setting: Jan Bender (5 PM); Bruce Neswick (10 AM)
Saturday, July 9, 5:00 p.m.:
Greeter: Steve Janssen
Communion Assist.: Jim Easterly
Reader: Norm Williams
Sunday, July 10, 10:00 a.m.:
Greeter: Marian Robinson
Comm. assist: Jill Hecht
Reader: Aaron Siebrass
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