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JULY AT CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH

James 1:5 – ” If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

I wish that there could be more positive news in the headlines, but alas, there isn’t too much.

Minnesota, New Orleans, Dallas and most recently Nice, France. Is there anywhere safe anymore? Being in small town though gets us to wonder: What should we think? What can we do? Is there anything we can do? Or do we simply thank the Lord we live so far away and out of the way? What’s a small down guy or gal supposed to think? What’s a small town believer in Christ supposed to say or do?

This is the beauty of the prayers of the people portion of worship. We are aware and care what’s going on. Though we may be a world away, we lift up names, places, circumstances knowing that by virtue of our common humanity we are connected to one another. And as people of faith, we know that the world we live is fallen, imperfect, and under a curse of its own making.

This doesn’t lead to cold indifference, but to faithful resistance to the evil around us. In small town America evil exists and we don’t need to look too far to see it: Addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and sex; physical, emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse; and one of the most significant signs of evil at work – unbelief. Unbelief is a sign of refusing to acknowledge God as God. Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 4:4 – “…the god of this world [the devil] has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

May God generously give us the wisdom we need to navigate the through the many evils we face both in the community we live in and, lest we forget, the darkness that lies within as well. Claimed by the Triune God in baptism, may we be the light that our Lord says we are.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Chris

This week at Christ the King:
Tuesday – Afternoon – External Financial Audit Begins (we’re going great so far!)
Wednesday – 9:30 AM – Bible Study
Wednesday – 5:00 PM – Youth Faith Formation Meeting
Thursday – 10:00 AM – Coffee Clutch
Saturday – 5:00 PM – Worship w/ Holy Communion
Sunday – 10:30 AM – Worship w/ Holy Communion
ALSO: Be sure to sign up your child(ren) for VBS which starts on Monday, July 25th at 9:00 AM!!!

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Worship
Weekend Worship is at
5 p.m. on Saturdays
and
10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Communion is celebrated at every service and a staffed nursery is available during the 10:30 worship

Youth Faith Formation
(Confirmation)
(Sunday School)
Every Sunday from
9:00 – 10:15 am

Office:
Christ the King Lutheran Church
1230 N. 18th St.
Escanaba, Michigan
Phone: 906-786-7400

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