“When It Is Hard to Hold on to God” this is the title of Rev. Gary Heaton’s message this Sunday, August 20, at 9 and 11:00. Scripture text is Matthew 15:21-28. The Worship Ensemble will play at the 9:00 service and at 11:00 “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” arr. by Hayes, with Bob Snead, baritone.
Jesus, stir up in us a passionate, determined persistence to be with you, to learn from you, and to grow in our understating of the wide scope of your mercy. Help us also to find ways to be with each other, especially those with whom we may differ. Forgive us when we attempt to limit the boundaries of your kingdom or when we fail to show hospitality to and inclusion to others. Lead us to examine our congregation and our own hearts, to be sure that we are open and welcoming to those whom you call to yourself. Give us what we need not to tire in our continuing, resolute determination to be your faithful followers. Amen.