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Church News & Events

Ordination and Installation: Pastor for Community Ministries

September 19 at 5:00 p.m.

By the grace of God and the call of Christ’s church, Sergio Edson Rodriguez will be ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on September 19 at 5:00 p.m. The ordination and installation Mass will be at Christ the King Church. Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod will preside. Rev. Dr. Javier Alanis, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, San Juan, Texas, former Director of the Seminary of the Southwest, will preach. Mask and COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

Zoom Bible Study Outline for September 16 – October 28

ZOOM BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Derr: September 16-October 28, 2021

Why Luke and Acts? Why the Holy Spirit?
1. Luke is the Gospel that will govern the next liturgical year beginning the First Sunday in Advent, November 28, 2021.
2. In our pandemic and post-pandemic world with fewer opportunities of in-person worship and study, interest in the role of the Holy Spirit and “things of the Spirit” have increased.
3. Portions of the Book of Acts are read every year during the 50 days of Easter.
4. Luke is my personal favorite Gospel.

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Wild Hope: Book Discussion Group for the Season of Creation – Wednesdays Online

Wednesdays, September 8 – October 6, 6:00 p.m. online
Join environmentalists, animal lovers, other Christians and people of all faith/spiritual traditions in a weekly book discussion group using the book Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing. You may ask – Lent isn’t until 2022, why are we reading this now? While written for Lent, this book is very appropriate for the Season of Creation (September 1 – October 4). Wild Hope contains 25 beautifully-written, intimate portraits of the lives of endangered animals, the hazards they face and how people are responding to save them. The book is inspiring and awakens deep empathy. The stories do not contain any explicitly religious material, yet they are incredibly moving. Readers of all backgrounds will find this little book powerful. Join a small group to read this book from September 1 – October 4 & meet to discuss it – that’s five 900-word stories/week. Please register. 
Contact Lisa Brenskelle at brenskelle@aol.com with any questions.

Sermon for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 5, 2021

Sergio Rodriguez
Pastor for Community Ministry

“But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.””- Mark 7:27

Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 

The Syrophoenician woman never gave up on God’s healing mercy for her daughter. Jesus initially dismissed her pleas as incongruent with the plan of salvation. Nevertheless, the woman believed God’s goodness triumphs even when hidden from sight. For faith beholds grace behind faithless findings. What compelled the Syrophoenician woman to insist that Jesus heal her daughter even after he slandered her dignity? If we consider Jesus to be the Son that God gave up out of love that we may be saved, how then do we receive Jesus’ words when he tells this desperate mother, “it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs?” In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ initial slanderous dismissal gives way to Jesus commending the faith of the women. In our Gospel today, the woman claps back to Jesus insisting that he cast the unclean spirit out of her daughter. “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” She transforms the insult into a moment for grace. She persists, nevertheless, with a sense of dignity and filled with faith. Continue reading