The Word and Music

August 19th, 2018

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY after PENTECOST  August 19th, 2018
Collect Prayer of the Day...
Heavenly Father, grant to us a heart that knows You and seeks to grow closer to You.  May each day Your Word and promise fill not only our thoughts, but also our words and actions.  This we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, Father, and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

 Joshua 24:1-3, 14-18  Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem and summoned Israel's elders, leaders, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves before God.  Joshua said to all the people, "This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'Long ago your ancestors, including Terah, the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods.  But I took your father Abraham from the region beyond the Euphrates River, led him throughout the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants.  Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth.  Get rid of the gods your fathers worshiped  beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship Yahweh. But if it doesn't please you to worship Yahweh, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship: the gods your fathers worshiped beyond the Euphrates River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living.  As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh."  The people replied, "We will certainly not abandon the Lord to worship other gods! For the Lord our God brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery, and performed these great signs before our eyes. He also protected us all along the way we went and among all the peoples whose lands we traveled through. The Lord drove out before us all the peoples, including the Amorites who lived in the land. We too will worship the Lord, because He is our God."

Ephesians 5:6-10  Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God's wrath  is coming on the disobedient because of these things.  Therefore, do not become their partners. For you were once darkness, but now you are light  in the Lord. Walk as children of light - for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth - discerning what is pleasing to the Lord.

"The way to conquer sin is not by working hard to change our deeds, but by trusting Jesus to change our desires. 'Follow Me', Jesus said."  David Platt      

St. John 6:51-60  "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever.  The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh."  At that, the Jews argued among themselves, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"  So Jesus said to them, "I assure you: Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves. Anyone who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day, because My flesh is real food and My blood is real drink. The one who eats My flesh and drinks My blood lives in Me, and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the manna your fathers ate - and they died. The one who eats this bread will live forever."  He said these things while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, "This teaching is hard! Who can accept  it?"

Classic Hymnal Service (8:15am):    Lutheran Service Book   #791 "All People That on Earth Do Dwell," #795 "Voices Raised to You We Offer," #578 Thy Strong Word""

Liturgical Contemporary Service (10:45am):  Call to Worship: "Living Hope"  Praise Set: "God of All, What A Beautiful Name" Special: "Only You," Message: "Reckless Love,"  Offering: "From the Inside Out,"  and Sending: "10,000 Reasons"


For over 50 years, Our Savior has been blessed to work in the Aiea community - sharing and experiencing the love of Jesus.  Our community is very fluid - which comes with quite a few challenges - but it also means we get to meet some of the most amazing people from all over the world and together learn how God uses His people to make a difference.