Pentecost 18 Worship Preview

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Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:15-19, NRSV) 

It’s a miracle! Multiple miracles! The waters of holy baptism have healed us. The body and blood of Jesus in holy communion have made us clean. We have died with Christ and been raised with him. For all this we have returned to offer thanks. From this place we are sent on our way rejoicing to share the good news.

Sunday’s Worship Music

Traditional Worship Hymn of the Day: #886 Oh, for a Thousand tongues to Sing — In the old testament today, a Syrian general is cured of leprosy and in the gospel a Samaritan leper is healed. In both cases, the healed sing God’s praises. Today’s traditional hymn has us practice singing those praises when God has provided for us (Hint: that’s pretty much all the time!).

New Day  Worship Song — Healer –  In New Day, our Worship song offers these words: Healer, heal me.  Savior, save me.  Maker, change me.  Lover, love me.  ‘Cause I’m so tired of living for the kind of love that only comes and goes.  But your love, yeah your love lasts forever. God’s love is indeed always and forever.

Healing — “The question is not how to get cured, but how to live.” says Joseph Conrad.  Ten lepers are cured in our story, but only one chooses to live into that new life.  Here are some questions for reflection this week ….

· Have you had a powerful moment of healing?

· Does “being healed” inspire you to live more fully and faithfully?

· Are you at times a channel for God’s healing in the lives of others?

Rev. Craig Ross

Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

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