Pastor: Rev. Beverly Hall
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the
shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. I cry to God
Most High, to God who fulfils his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save
me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. Selah God will send forth his
steadfast love and his faithfulness. I lie down among lions that greedily devour human
prey; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongues sharp swords. Be exalted, O God,
above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth. They set a net for my steps;
my soul was bowed down. They dug a pit in my path, but they have fallen into it
themselves. Selah My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and
make melody. Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn. I will
give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the
nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the
clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth.
They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. And when he had stepped out of the boat, immediately a man out of the tombs with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs; and no one could restrain him anymore, even with a chain; for he had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him; and he shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.’ For he had said to him, ‘Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!’ Then Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He replied, ‘My name is Legion; for we are many.’ He begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. Now there on the hillside a great herd of swine was feeding; and the unclean spirits begged him, ‘Send us into the swine; let us enter them.’ So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and were drowned in the lake. The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
Blessed Jesus, At Thy Word - J.S. Bach - (Liebster Jesu Wir Sind Hier)
UMH#682 -Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow: Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above ye heavenly host; Praise Father , Son, and Holy Ghost
Merciful God, we present these gifts as our act of worship. May our offering bring help and hope to hurting people. Use and multiply these gifts to bring justice where injustice reigns, to pour out mercy on those who need it most, and to be a tangible sign of your love for the world. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Did you know that our weekly General Fund offerings need to total $3,937.86 to balance our budget? Our offerings totaled $6,994.00.
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