July 7 Worship & Bulletin

Readings for the Day:
Ezekiel 2:1-5:  In 597 BCE, the priest Ezekiel was removed into exile in Babylon.  While there, he received a vision of God appearing majestically on a chariot throne.  Today’s reading recounts God’s commissioning of Ezekiel during this vision.  The prophet is to speak God’s word to a people unwilling to hear.

II Corinthians 12:2-10:  Christians do not boast in their own accomplishments.  Rather, Christian boasting focuses attention on how the power of Christ is present in our lives, especially in times of weakness and vulnerability.  No matter what our circumstances in life, Christ’s grace is sufficient for us.
Mark 6:1-13:  At home and abroad, Jesus and his disciples encounter resistance as they seek to proclaim God’s word and relieve affliction.

 ‘From Sunday & Seasons, copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress’

Questions To Ponder:
1— How have you heard God speak to you? (Ezekiel 2:1-5)
2—What is a ’thorn’ in your flesh? (II Cor. 12)
3—How do you understand all of life to be a journey?  (Mark 6:1-13)
4—How do these texts speak to you today?

Prayer:  God of the covenant, in our baptism you call us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom.  Give us the courage you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstances of life.  Amen.