The disciples and Jesus have crossed the lake in the evening in a boat, and a great windstorm arises-but Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. The disciples, afraid for their lives, wake up Jesus and asks him if he cares whether they die or live. Jesus rebukes the wind and tells the waves to be still, and a dead calm arises. Jesus then turns to the disciples and asks them why they are afraid, why they still do not have faith.
They are amazed and ask, “Who is this, that the wind and the waves obey him?” They have been spending weeks traveling together, preaching and healing-and they still do not know who Jesus is.
They are afraid and give in to fear, and they are full of awe and wonder at who he is when things go well.
Paul pleads with the Corinthian Christians that they would accept that the time of salvation is now, and that they would open their hearts to the apostles, because they have proven themselves through committed ministry and faithful service in spite of the terrible suffering and difficulties they have endured.
Jesus asks the disciples to take him across the lake in their boat, but as they sail across, with Jesus sleeping in the boat, a storm breaks out. In their terror, they wake Jesus and he calms the storm, causing them to wonder who he is.
Almighty God, we confess that we have paid lip service to Scripture, and have failed to follow what it teaches. We have quoted the Bible without rolling up our sleeves. We have studied Scripture without opening our hearts to refugees and victims of violence. We have memorized verses without loving our neighbors as ourselves. Forgive us where we have built walls.
Forgive us where we have constructed cages around what we despise. Call us into Your ways of justice. Call us to confess our sins of ignorance, to repent of our ways, and to work to repair what is broken. In the name of Christ, who was despised, imprisoned, and killed because of our ways, we pray. Amen.
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially:
Dorothy Miller; Bill Battcher; Lucille Edwards; Louise Anderson,
Pat Matzek, Loretta Tanis, Rich Rardin, Amy Castleberry, Jan Elsner
Those with health and family issues: William, grandson of Teddie and Dick Knapp; Beth, Linda Dumas’s niece; Debbie Sanchez; Kim, niece of Teddie & Dick Knapp; Marlene, friend of Shavers; Tracey, friend of Randi Grzenia; Missy Iannella; Kayson Schumacher; Tony, brother in law of Christine Marousek; Linda Shaver-Gleason; Chris Gleason; Linus Gleason; Ann Efflandt, niece of Jack and Denise Karhoff King; Marilyn Blake, sister of Carol Wixson, Kate Benner, friend of the Landerholms; Janet, extended family of Dennis Subach
Ushers: Steven Flint, Pat Price, Al Reiman,
Mike Thorpe, Jeff Kaiser
Baptism: Samuel Lee Moldenhauer
Parents: Jill and Jim Moldenhauer
Sponsors: Jennifer Friend and Steve Knysch
Coffee And…: Sandy Wright
July/August Messenger is:
We are still looking for a few more Volunteers!!!
If you can’t donate of your time, we are also accepting financial gifts for food purchase. Please designate PADS in your giving…either on-line, check, or cash. Thank you so much!!
Saturday, July 7-Sunday, July 8
We are in need of people to cover 12-3:00am and 3:00-6:00am shifts.
Also need more folks for Breakfast and clean-up on Sunday morning, July 8.
If you can help out, or for more information, please contact either
Pat Price 630.2043.3448
Tom Price 847.800.6130
Please Remember to complete the information form and turn into the Church Office.
And……get some amazing photos this summer if you haven’t already!!
We are now equipped with a Hearing Loop. To receive the signal directly in a hearing aid, a dedicated program with a T-coil is required. For RITE or open-tube fit BTE instruments and near normal low frequency hearing, program a “T” only setting and an MT setting for closed mold fittings.