Sunday Preview for August 30th, 2020

You are invited to join us for our Joint Worship (with our Nepalese Community) with Communion on Sunday at 9 am (we are socially distant and masks are encouraged) or online on Monday when our video is posted.

This Sunday we will be reading from:
Jeremiah 15:15–21 (The Lord gives His precious, saving words.)
Romans 12:9–21 (With genuine love, overcome evil with good.)
Matthew 16:21–28 (Jesus calls His disciples to take up their cross and follow Him.)

We will be singing hymns/songs:
Awesome God
Thank you, Thank you Jesus
Lord I Lift Your Name
LSB 712 Seek Ye First
LSB 770 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
You Are My All In All
LSB 623 Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray
LSB 806 Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
LSB 801 How Great Thou Art

Our text for Sunday’s message comes from Matthew 16, beginning with the purpose of Jesus’ life being revealed for the first time to his disciples.Peter reacts with a harsh rebuke, thinking that is not going to happen to Jesus. Jesus realizes this to be a hindrance to the Gospel, namely his death, so Jesus resists the temptation by saying, “Get behind me Satan”What hindrances do we put to the Gospel? What thoughts or temptations do we succumb to that find us trying to prioritize our lives conforming the world instead of Jesus and the cross? Only by dying will we ever enjoy the full Gospel message of living.  First we die so that we may live…forever.  There is no other way but to follow Jesus, pick up our crosses and die.