June 2014





In August 1914 World War I began – the first of its kind. Europe was immediately engulfed in it – but the United States did not enter until April 1917, a little more than a year before it ended. Even so over 117,000 Americans died in that first worldwide war.

    Philip Jenkins’ new book on WWI, The Great and Holy War: How WWI Became a Religious Crusade, adds a new dimension to this most ghastly episode in human history. There he writes that the war “ignited a global religious revolution…. that burst the bounds of conventional religion…. [Indeed, this war] was a golden age for the fringe, for the esoteric, mystical, and occult” (pp. 15-16).

    This gives new credence to Luther’s idea that when there is “much war at all times,…. the only result [is] that lands and cities are destroyed by it. All vanity [is] driven from [the] tender and coy land [and finally we are] well able to tolerate and receive Christ” (Luther’s Works 20:285).

     It would then seem, that if Jenkins is right, it is precisely Luther’s idea that we should all be longing for and praying for these hundred years after modern worldwide wars began!

─Pastor Marshall

What a Relief to Read Luther


Kierkegaard’s Love for Luther’s Sermons


By Pastor Marshall

 As we noted the last two months, Kierkegaard loved Luther’s long 1522 sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 about the magi adoring the Christ child (Luther’s Works 76:71-180). He believed it was “worth reading again and again, especially the first part” (Kierkegaard’s Journals 3:2485).

     Pursuing that sermon one more time, we read in the same first section: “Let wander what wanders, but you listen to what God commands…. He Himself wants to be your living and all-sufficient teacher. You should cling to His Word. He knows best what to tell you about the dead and the living, for He knows all things. But whatever He does not tell you or want to tell you, you should not desire to know. Give Him the honor of believing that He knows what is not necessary, profitable, or good for you to know” (LW 76:87-88).

     Kierkegaard was encouraged by these words because of the way they exalt Holy Scriptures and diminish us in the same process. So he writes that we want, “out of fear of people, to be on good terms with people, whereas the Christianity of the New Testament is: in fear of God to suffer for the doctrine at the hands of people” (Kierkegaard’s Writings, 23:137). When this switch is made, then we have: “To be alone with Holy Scripture! I dare not! If I open it – any passage – it traps me at once; it asks me:… Have you done what you read there? And then, then – yes, then I am trapped. Then either straightway into action – or immediately a humbling admission” (KW 21:31).

     May these words from Luther and Kierkegaard exalt the Holy Scriptures among us all (Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12).



Religious Tolerance


The US Supreme Court Speaks Out


“From the earliest days of the Nation, invocations have been addressed to assemblies comprising many different creeds. These ceremonial prayers strive for the idea that people of many faiths may be united in a community of tolerance and devotion. Even those who disagree as to religious doctrine may find common ground in the desire to show respect for the divine in all aspects of their lives and being. Our tradition assumes that adult citizens, firm in their own beliefs, can tolerate and perhaps appreciate a ceremonial prayer delivered by a person of a different faith.”


[Town of Greece v. Galloway, 572 U. S. ___ (2014).]



President’s Report… by Larraine King


O day full of grace that now we see appearing on earth’s horizon,

            Bring light from our God that we may be replete in his joy this season.

                  God shine for us now in this dark place; your name on our hearts emblazon.


What a stupendous text of this Pentecost hymn (#161).  Each verse is filled with hope and inspiration to help us on our daily journey.  I find such instruction and comfort for my prayer life in the wondrous hymns from our worship book.  Such a blessing is available to everyone. 

     Summer is fast approaching which means that the Sunday School program will be taking a vacation.  Thank you to all the faithful teachers – Gina Allen, Matthew and Dana Kahn, Kari Ceaicovschi, Janine Douglass, and Ted Foss – for their devoted service to our children and youth.  The students – along with many members who bought goodies at the recent bake sale – have helped raise $308 to purchase farm animals for Gospel for Asia.  They will continue this fund drive until the conclusion of Hymn School on June 27th.  Feel free to donate additional money with a designated offering to help this worthy cause.

     We did very well on our food drive for the West Seattle Food Bank in March and April.  You all donated 909 non perishable items during those 2 months.  Outstanding!!!  And I have noticed that there have been a number of items in the Food Bank box every Sunday in May so far.  Super!!!  In addition, $150 in cash came in designated for the Food Bank.  We have also had a few extra donations to the Helpline ($426) which is always put to good use. 

     At the May meeting the Church Council passed a motion to set up a fund to collect money to pay for the construction of a bronze plaque commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.  A mock-up of the plaque is available for viewing in the church office (and in this Messenger).  More information will be available at the mid-year meeting.  Speaking of which, the mid-year meeting will be held Sunday, July 27, 2014 following the 10:30 am liturgy in the parish hall.  Financial reports for the first half of the year, reports from council committees, and additional information about the church will be presented.  Plan to attend.


God came to us then at Pentecost, His Spirit new life revealing,

            That we might no more from him be lost, all darkness for us dispelling.

                  His flame will the mark of sin efface and bring to us all his healing. (V.4)


Hitting the Mark: Luther on Zechariah


Summer 2014 Bible Study With Pastor Marshall

Sundays, 9 am - 10 am, Room D


This summer we will take 12 weeks to study the book of Zechariah – according to Martin Luther’s insights from his 1527 German lectures. He thought Zechariah’s prophesy “hit the mark” (Luther’s Works 20:286), and we will try to find out why.

Each week we will concentrate on a few verses, aiming to find help in them for our growth in faith and love, with a handout with quotes from Luther’s lectures.

The class schedule will be the following:


                    June 8…… Zech 1:1-21              July 6……  Zech 7:1-14           August 3….. Zech 11:1-17

                    June 15…. Zech 2:1-13               July 13….   Zech 8:1-23           August 10… Zech 12:1-14

                    June 22…. Zech 3:1-4:14            July 20….   Zech 9:1-17           August 17… Zech 13:1-9

                    June 29…. Zech 5:1-6:15            July 27….   Zech 10:1-12         August 21… Zech 14:1-21



FOOD BANK COLLECTION for Summer is lunch and snack foods for children who are home from school: peanut butter, jam, crackers, energy bars, seed & nut packs, macaroni & cheese are just a few suggestions.  And, bring in fresh produce as well! 

FLOWER CHART:  There are still two spaces left for August flowers and a few others through the end of the year.  If you were interested in signing up for Altar Flowers this year but have not yet, you might consider one of these remaining dates.

MID-YEAR CONGREGATIONAL MEETING has been set for Sunday, July 27th, immediately following the 10:30 am Holy Eucharist, in the parish hall.  Mark your calendars!  Beverages will be available.  Voter registration will be on the tables at the back of the hall.

LIBRARY:  Thinking about taking a vacation this summer?  We have a wonderful variety of books to choose from to help you relax after a busy day touring around.  Stop in to our library when you’re at church and see what’s new. 

READING THE KORAN with Pastor Marshall.  These two hour, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Thursday evening classes will be June 26th and July 10th, 17th & 24th.  Call the office to register.  Pastor Marshall has been teaching this class four times a year since 2003.

Compass Housing Alliance was pleased to receive nine towels from recent donations left at the office. Every year they go through hundreds of towels, especially at the Pioneer Square Hygiene Center where 150 people get a free shower daily.  If you were thinking of helping in this way you’re not too late, donations can still be left at the office.




Good Works As the Expression of Our Faith


How many good works does faith the size of a mustard seed produce? Is there even a correlation between the size of one’s faith and the amount of good works one does?  Some think so, and try to demonstrate their faithfulness to God and the church by acting it out in service to the poor, helping their neighbor, tithing, and other church work.  But, I am reminded that the good deeds I do are to please God, not to please men as in Matthew 5:31-34 when Jesus says,


“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them.  Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men.  Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.  But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret: and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”  


This is indeed a hard command to follow, and maybe even an impossible one.  However, it is the task of the Christian to resist self-aggrandizement and to fight against himself actively to keep from seeking earthly recognition for his good deeds:  Do not let your right hand know what your left hand is doing!”  Rather, the good deed should arise out of a thankful heart for what God has done for him.  Consider the sinful woman of Luke 7:36-50 who bathed Jesus feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  The action the woman took struck the host as a crass and dirty deed because of who she was, but Jesus responded by granting her the forgiveness of her sins, and recognizing the act as an outward expression of her faith.  In the end it was her faith that saved her, not the expression of that faith. 


So, as we go forward this month.  Let us be reminded, and encouraged, that Christ’s work on the cross is not like our works. Where he accomplished much, we accomplish little.  Out of this knowledge come hope, joy, and thanksgiving which help us to strive to be like Christ and do his work here on earth, not for the forgiveness of sins, but as an expression of our faith that we, like the sinful woman, have been forgiven.   

                                    ─Kari Caeicovschi, Church Council



The 500th Anniversary

of the Reformation


October 31, 2017


“A Christian is uplifted in adversity,

because he trusts in God;

he is downcast in prosperity,

because he fears God”


Martin Luther,

Lectures on Galatians (1519) LW 27:403.


First Lutheran Church of West Seattle


Reformation Anniversary Bronze Plaque

By Pastor Marshall



The Council has approved a Reformation Anniversary Bronze Plaque for the 500th anniversary in 2017. Rita Kepner, the sculptor of our Kierkegaard statue, will make it. No money will be taken from the offering to pay for it. It will instead be paid for by special donations only. So far the fund has over $1,000.00 in it.


    The plaque will have a 16th century medallion of Luther, at the top of it (see above), followed by the text shown.  If you would like to contribute to this project, make out your checks to the church and designate your gifts to: Reformation Plaque.



This is a way of looking at extended ministry – how is my ministry extending to others?  How have I shared my blessings with those in need?  There are many ways to do this through First Lutheran Church of West Seattle.  We can bring canned food for the Food Bank.  We can purchase bath towels, socks, sweat pants, and T shirts for the Compass Housing Alliance.  We can donate money to the Helpline, the Agape fund, or El Camino de Emaus.  We can support the bake sales that the Sunday School students sponsor to raise money to buy farm animals for Gospel for Asia.  We can purchase items for gift baskets to support the St. Nicholas Faire.  And most important of all, we can pray for each of these specific organizations that they may fulfill their purpose of helping others who have difficulties and are in want of life’s basic necessities.

     So while The Messenger takes a vacation during the summer months, the needs of our extended community continue, and they depend on us to remember them.  Check the bulletin board in the parish building hallway for information about the needs of each of these organizations.  Remember to purchase items for the Food Bank when you do your grocery shopping. Buy bath towels and sweat pants for the Compass Housing Alliance.   Save your spare change for Gospel for Asia.  Write an extra check this summer for the West Seattle Helpline, the Agape Fund, and/or El Camino de Emaus. 

Pick ornaments off the “Christmas in July (& August) Tree” that funds the St. Nicholas Faire gift baskets.   These are extra things we can do to help the community around us. 

     And here’s another way we can all help.  We will again be collecting school supplies for the West Seattle Helpline this summer.  All children deserve to have a good start to each school year.  I’m sure we all have some recollection of what it was like to anticipate the new school year – shopping for clothes, books, and notebooks, paper, pens and pencils.  It must be so difficult and very disheartening for parents and children alike, who do not have the extra income to cover these items.  So let’s help these members of our community by donating school supplies in July and August.  There will be a poster in the Lounge detailing what items are needed, a collection box below the poster, and reminders in the bulletin.  Give generously and help these children have a good start to their next year in school. 

     Remember the Stewardship Article from last month’s Messenger.  Do we have running water?  Then we are rich and can afford to share with others who are not as fortunate as we.  We should all joyfully do our part.  And if everyone did, we could make such an amazing difference.

                                                                                               ─Larraine King for Extended Ministries



[or until all the ornaments are picked!]


St. Nicholas Faire

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I realize that it seems way too early to be bringing up the holiday season, but planning begins far in advance of the event date.  We will again have an “ornament” decorated tree in the lounge during the summer months.  The tree will have “wishes” on it for items that will be needed to complete gift baskets to be sold at the St. Nicholas Faire, the proceeds of which will be given to the West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline.  Your job is to choose as many ornaments as you wish, purchase the items from each ornament, and bring them to the church to donate to the Faire.  Easy, simple, as little hassle as possible.  If you have questions and/or suggestions, please call Larraine King (206-937-6740). 

     And while you are reading about the St. Nicholas Faire, put –


Sunday, December 7, 2014

4-7 pm


on your calendar and start sharing the date with your friends and family.  Plan to come and support the Food Bank and Helpline, while having a joyous time enjoying the festivities!!!!

     More details in the Fall.  Stay tuned!!!

                                                                                                     ─Larraine King & Liz Olsen


Pastor Marshall’s Book


My history of the West Seattle Food Bank, Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank, 1983-2013, was released about 6 months ago. I hope that those of you who have read it have enjoyed my labor of love which was many years in the making.

For those of you who haven’t read it, I would like to encourage you to do so. Copies are available through Amazon.com. All proceeds go to the food bank.

The book has dates and figures, people and places, and over 50 photos. It’s a handsome, 120 page book.

But there’s more to it than the standard historical data – it also tells about haunted neighborhoods, crime and corruption, outright lies and deceit, drug deals and dead dogs, secrets and sadness, anger and intrigue. Along with this, however, are also huge amounts of dedication and excellence, and loads of good luck . . . In all modesty, then, I think my book matches the superb quality of the food bank itself!

So if you want to know what a $1 million grant from Microsoft has to do with the food bank, then get the book and read it. If you want to know what a children’s book by Lemony Snicket and Herman Melville’s classic, Moby-Dick, have to do with this history, then get the book and read it.

Or if you want to know what Nucor Steel and Starbucks Coffee have to do with the food bank – or Husky Deli and the Texaco Oil Company, then get the book and read it. If you want to know how the day before 9-11 saved us $100,000, then get the book and read it. If you want to know what a 1996 movie starring the brothers, Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges, has to do with the food bank, then get the book and read it.

If you want to know what the fabled Four Horsemen of the early 1920s Notre Dame football teams has to do with our story, then get the book and read it. Or if you want to know why the comedian Robin Williams has given over $52,000 to the food bank, then get the book and read it. If you want to know what Westside Baby & the Senior Center of West Seattle have to do with the food bank, then get the book and read it.

Or if you want to know how a plate of Christmas cookies given to a reclusive janitor in the Terminal Sales Building in downtown Seattle in 1984 lead to an unsolicited gift of $335,000 to the food bank, then get the book and read it. Or if you want to know how the 20th reunion of the Class of ’68 at Sealth High School rejuvenated the food bank, then get the book and read it.

And if you want to know how the fiery deaths of Lillian Hoyt and Leo Reap, on that cold night, February 17, 1972, lamentably helped build the food bank, then get the book and read it.

So yes, you’re right, this book deserves to be at the top of The New York Times best seller list! And all we have to do to make that happen is sell 40,000 copies of it – which would be only about half the number of people who live in West Seattle. So that’s not as harebrained as it sounds! Wouldn’t you agree?


 (Based on Pastor Marshall’s speech at the May 2, 2014,

West Seattle Food Bank fundraiser, IOC, at The Hall at Fauntleroy.)


Haywire Worship


Luther on the Loss of Reverence and Awe


“[If] you believe that God steps in for you and stakes all he has and his blood for you, [then you] can not be harmed by devil, hell, sin, or death…. But… we do not all have such faith; would God one-tenth of the Christians had it! See, such rich, immeasurable treasures… cannot be the possession of everyone, but only of those who suffer tribulation…. And in such terrified and trembling hearts alone God desires to dwell (Isaiah 66:2). For who desires a protector, defender, and shield… if he feels no conflict within himself?…. For [the Sacrament of the Altar] is a comfort for the sorrowing, a healing for the sick, a life for the dying, a food for all the hungry, and a treasure for all the poor and needy” (Luther’s Works 51:93-95).

    “When we hear the Word of God, we should receive it with special reverence and piety…. Thus it is good that the Sacrament of the  Altar is honored with bended knees; for the true body and blood of the Lord are there, likewise the presence of the Holy  Spirit and the promise or the Word of God, which should be heard reverently.

     For God  works there, and the Lord shows Himself…. Here it is certainly fitting for me… to fall on my knees…. Therefore we do the right thing when we bow and revere God when He speaks with us…. Today, however, when the Word and the sacraments are held in such contempt, few people care whether they sit or rise when the Word is read and preached” (Luther’s Works 8:145-46).  



Zechariah 8.17

Monthly Home Bible Study, June 2014, Number 256

The Reverend Ronald F. Marshall


Along with our other regular study of Scripture, let us join as a congregation in this home study. We will study alone then talk informally about the assigned verses together as we have opportunity. In this way we can "gather together around the Word" even though physically we will not be getting together (Acts 13.44). (This study uses the RSV translation.)


We need to support each other in this difficult project. In 1851 Kierkegaard wrote that the Bible is "an extremely dangerous book.... [because] it is an imperious book... – it takes the whole man and may suddenly and radically change... life on a prodigious scale" (For Self-Examination). And in 1967 Thomas Merton wrote that "we all instinctively know that it is dangerous to become involved in the Bible" (Opening the Bible). Indeed this word "kills" us (Hosea 6.5) because we are "a rebellious people" (Isaiah 30.9)! As Lutherans, however, we are still to "abide in the womb of the Word" (Luther's Works 17.93) by constantly "ruminating on the Word" (LW 30.219) so that we may "become like the Word" (LW 29.155) by thinking "in the way Scripture does" (LW 25.261). Before you study, then, pray: "Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in Our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen" (quoted in R. F. Marshall, Making A New World: How Lutherans Read the Bible, 2003, p. 12).


Week I. Read Zechariah 8.17 noting the word hate. What does God hate? On this read Zechariah 8.16 noting the words speak, judgments and peace. So God hates what goes against these three virtues – that is, lying, cheating and war. Are these three always bad, or are there exceptions to this rule? On this read Ecclesiastes 3.8 noting the line a time for war. Note as well verse 7 about a time for not speaking up – which isn’t quite like cheating, but close to it. And also note that in this litany there isn’t any time for lying. Is that because it is always wrong to lie? On this read Judges 2.1-6 noting the three occurrences of the word but. Read as well Matthew 2.1-12 noting the words bring and warned; and also 2 Corinthians 12.16 noting the words crafty and guile. So does this mean lying has a place in the godly life? On this read Exodus 20.16 noting the line against your neighbor. Does this allow for lying against your enemy? What do you think? If it does, what does it mean for the commandment against lying? Why does this matter for faith?


Week II. Read again Zechariah 8.17 noting again the word hate. Why does God hate anything? If God is love (1 John 4.16), shouldn’t he always be loving and never hateful? On this read Jeremiah 12.7-13 noting the words against, hate, prey, trampled, heart, peace, thorns and nothing. Why does God have such disregard for his heritage when it acts so badly? Why doesn’t he just forgive them and leave it at that? On this read Revelation 3.19 noting the words love, reprove and chasten. How does such harshness follow from his divine love? On this read Hebrews 12.7-11 noting the words discipline, sons, illegitimate, subject, good, share, holiness, painful, yields and trained. So does God hate us when we’re bad for the sake of holiness? If so, why? On this read Psalm 99.2-5, noting the words great, exalted, terrible, holy, lover, justice, extol and worship. So just as God is love, so he is also holy. His love, then, is marked by the high standards of holiness and justice. Note Isaiah 61.8 – I the Lord love justice (see also Psalm 37.28; Micah 6.8; Luke 11.42). Therefore when we aren’t fair and pure there are consequences – which love can’t erase.


Week III. Reread Zechariah 8.17 noting again the same word hate. Following up on last week, what are some of those consequences? On this read Romans 2.5 noting the words storing-up and judgment. When does this take place? On this read Hebrews 9.27 noting the words die and judgment. So some of the consequences happen after we die. Is that it? On this read Luke 13.4-5 noting the words tower, fell, repent and perish. So our sins are also punished before we die as well. What are these short term, temporal punishments supposed to accomplish? On this read John 5.14 noting the interplay between sin and worse. So these punishments are about scaring us straight. But will that work? On this read Amos 4.6-11 noting the five occurrences of the word yet. These verses make it look like these punishments don’t work But on the other hand read 1 Corinthians 10.1-12 noting the words overthrown, warnings, idolaters, immorality, instruction and heed. So which one is it? Or is there a combination – the first example from Amos being the realistic one, and the other one what we are to perpetually hope for?


Week IV. Read Zechariah 8.17 one last time noting this time the little word for. Is this a motivational word? Does the word for reinforce the word not at the beginning of the verse? On this read Matthew 25.46 noting the split between eternal punishment and eternal life. Is that split behind the motivation in our little word for in Zechariah 8.17? Inasmuch as punishment follows from God’s hatred, that split is this verse’s background. Why do we need such severe motivation? On this read Jeremiah 17.9 noting the words all and desperately. How bad is that? Read also Romans 7.18 noting the word nothing and good. But if that is the case, how do any of us get enough traction to move in the right direction? On this read Colossians 1.13 noting the word transferred. Does that settle it? If so, how so? And what about the line received by faith in Romans 3.25? How does that figure in with this transference?





    On Sunday, June 8th at the 10:30 am Holy Eucharist, we will celebrate Pentecost.  This day celebrates the "outpouring of the Spirit" and the birth of the Church, according to the chronology and theology of the book of Acts of the Apostles. 


On Sunday, June 15th we will honor the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, and we will confess that our God is named Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is Christ's command in Matthew 28:19 when he says to us: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." It is this name that our faith requires us to adore – for God is in this name! 


The Feast of Saint Mary, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, will be celebrated at our Sunday Holy Eucharist on August 17th.  On this day we will thank God for the life and faith of Saint Mary, who has been called the Mother of all believers for she was the first person to believe in the gospel.

    Lutherans for centuries have honored Our Lady by praying the "Magnificat":

    My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savoir, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.  His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts he of their hearts, has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.  He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.                     (Luke 1:46-55)





Remember in prayer before God those whom He has made your

brothers and sisters through baptism.

Mildred Nikula, Mariann Petersen, Nora Vanhala, Natalie Nesvig, Mary Goplerud, Michael Nestoss, Donna Apman, Cynthia Natiello, Leah Baker, Agnes Arkle, Clara Anderson, Peggy & Bill Wright & Wendy, Bob & Barbara Schorn, Cameron Lim, Ion Ceaicovschi, Luke Bowen, Tabitha Anderson, Max Richardson, The Jones Family, Kurt & Jenny Alfano, Robin Kaufman, Rosita & Jim Moe, Asha Sagmoen, Dano, Karen & W. Erick, Dave & Sheri Wheeler, Richard, Sandee, Christine & Kristophor Marshall, Isabella Wain, Rob & Diane Blanco, Ginny Montgomery, Joshua Burns, Jill West, Anna & John Bertelsen, Marie & Rick Collins. 

    Pray for the shut-ins that the light of Christ may give them joy:  Clara Anderson, Agnes Arkle, Donna Apman, Pat Hansen, C. J. Christian, Vera Gunnarson, Louis Koser, Anelma Meeks, Olive Morrison, Dorothy Ryder, Lillian Schneider, Crystal Tudor, Vivian Wheeler, Peggy Wright.

    Pray for our bishops Elizabeth Eaton and Brian Kirby Unti, our pastor Ronald Marshall, our deacon Dean Hard and our cantor Andrew King, that they may be strengthened in faith, love and the holy office to which they have been called.

     Pray that God would give us hearts which find joy in service and in celebration of stewardship.  Pray that God would work within you to become a good steward of your time, your talents and finances.  Pray to strengthen the stewardship of our congregation in these same ways.

     Pray for the hungry, ignored, abused, and homeless this summer.  Pray for the mercy of God for these people, and for all in Christ's church to see and help those who are in distress. 

     Pray for our extended ministries: El Camino de Emmaus in the Skagit Valley, and the Gospel for Asia that God may bless and strengthen their ministry. Also, pray for our parish and it's ministry.

     Pray that God will bless you through the lives of the saints:  Saint Barnabas; Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles; Saint Mary Magdalene; Saint James the Elder and Saint Bartholomew, Apostles; and St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord.

 A Treasury of Prayers


O Lord God, take away the veil of my heart while I read the Scriptures. And then teach me your law and instructions; give me a Word, O Father of wisdom, touch my heart; enlighten the understandings of my heart; open my lips and fill them with your praise. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

                                          [For All the Saints (ALPB, 1994-1996) III:1205, altered]