Pentecost 5 Preview

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The mystery of God’s ways is sometimes hidden from the wise and intelligent. Jesus associates with those often excluded from the religious community. Like Paul, we struggle with our own selfish desires and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. We gather to be refreshed by Christ’s invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary.” Gathered around word, water, and meal, we find rest for our souls.

Readings

Zechariah 9:9-12
The king will come in humility and peace

Psalm 145:8-14
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion

Romans 7:15-25a
The struggle within the self

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The yoke of discipleship

Worship Themes and Music

Jesus bore the weight of sin and death so that we might have eternal life. We are reminded that God’s yoke is easy and his burden is light due to Jesus’ loving sacrifice. Our calling is to bear similar burdens for others as ambassadors of God’s unconditional love. Music this week includes “Lord of All Hopefulness” where we pray for God’s bliss, strength, love, and peace to reign in our hearts.

On a weekend when we celebrate America’s independence and freedom from colonial rule, how might we make our celebrations more expansive? Are there ways we could take on others’ burdens to lighten their load?

Self-sacrificial love is not easy work. Giving up something you want for the benefit of someone less fortunate is hard. What is a small way you can do this work this week?

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

As the Director of Music, I help the St. Peter’s community proclaim the gospel story and share the goodness of God through worship and music.

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